Evidence based Practice May 2015

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I’m amazed that hypnosis is not more readily available in GP surgeries and within hospital settings. It can also be easily added into Health and wellbeing in the work place. I’ve recently attended a conference hosted by the London College of Clinical Hypnosis: Evidence Based Practice in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Below are just a few snippets from the 2 days.

All the techniques below can be easily taught either in one to one sessions or as part of a work based training package. If you are interested in knowing more then please contact me and I’ll be happy to discuss your requirements. When you weigh it up against the cost of taking time off due to sickness, well ……… and if it were a prescription drug, I wonder what it would cost?

To start with; looking at studies into burn healing (Moore LE and Kaplan JZ 1983 – American journal of hypnosis) Hypnosis sessions were carried out 2 weeks prior to surgery and up to 6 weeks after. 8 x 30 minute sessions. Results showed accelerated burn healing rate, reduction in pain relief medication, reduced stress and more relaxed before surgery, less surgery needed and less general anaesthetics needed. (Burger MM, Davadant M, et al 2010) Saving per patient = £11.340, 5 days less in ICU, 6 days less on general ward.

Breast cancer research; Recovery after surgery. Results showed improved healing, reduced stress prior to surgery, less side effects, and reduced pain. (Montgomery GH et al 2004, various journals)

Persistent pain; Georgie Oldfield spoke about pain. Some people just have pain for no reason and for her it didn’t add up. I think most of us can say we’ve experienced this in some form or another. “I only got out of the car” or “ I just lifted it up awkwardly and my back went” whereas others have pain for no reason, “I just woke up with it” “it just came on” 88% of people who had back pain also had additional stress conditions (The Divided Mind) There has been a 4% increase in lower back pain resulting in time off work (Occupational Health Statistics) As we know, pain is activated in the brain by neuro pathways being triggered but just as it can travel on a pathway, this path can change track and go in reverse. With education, self-direction and improved self-care, bad behaviours/pathways could be reversed. You are able to re-programme healthy nerve pathways using Visualisation, Mindfulness and additional tools.

Work based health improvement when using Self-hypnosis. This study is looking at a preventative step as well as enhancing general wellness for everyone. Not only did the groups who had been taught self-hypnosis have an improvement but the difference between them and the control group was that the effect was sustainable and they maintained the gains achieved in the study period.


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Easter has been and gone and I’ve managed to get rid of the evidence of eating chocolate! Does this sound familiar to you? We all have our own way of keeping on track as far as healthy eating (or not) goes.Our rules we adhere to that give us a feeling of being in control of what and when to eat. But, how about if we didn’t need the rules? What if we just went back to enjoying food, just as toddlers enjoy and experience new tastes, textures and know when they are full up. That’s what I’m working on now. A whole new course that will teach you why you eat like you do and have the attitude you do towards food and then, more importantly, how to achieve the eating habits you desire and stay on track for the rest of your life. This course will look at, inner dialogue, behavioural change, nutrition advice, the psychology behind how we eat today, some practical tips and techniques that will give you the confidence to regain control of what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat…….. and choices you make
You can download a self hypnosis MP3 to start you on the right track today or let me know if you’re interested in a course in the near future.

A few statistics:

The average intake of sodium is on a downward trend but was still 82 per cent above the recommended maximum Reference Nutrient Intake of 2.4 grams per day in 2012

Rural areas tended to purchase larger quantities of food and drink than urban areas, therefore the energy and nutrient intakes derived from these purchases was greater in rural areas.

Household purchases of fresh and processed vegetables (excluding potatoes) have generally been declining since 2005, with a 6.1 per cent fall from 1,156g to 1,086g average weekly consumption per person. This has mainly been due to a decrease in purchases of fresh vegetables, which account for roughly 70 per cent of all vegetable purchases.
Reference – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/265245/familyfood-2012statsnotice-12dec13.pdf accessed on 8.4.2015


LifeTalks April

Here’s the latest updates from LifeMOT and what’s on at next months LifeTalk event near Truro Newsletter
This month we’ll hear from Elizabeth Pritchard about “How to make powerful change” Using Logical Levels, it’ll be a practical session with lots of learning.
I’m really looking forward to this, not just to catch up with Elizabeth and the group but because it’ll be a chance for me to re-visit one of the most diverse exercises in NLP. Logical Levels is a love of mine, I have to say. It’s a method not only to support change but I use it as a planning tool for courses, essays and generally living holistically.
If you’ve never been to this group before, I highly recommend it. You’ll gain knowledge from our guests and the others within the group. You’ll also make some friends who share your views on well-being and development.
This month seems to be the start of people thinking about how they would like the rest of the year to look for them. Maybe it’s the recent sunshine that’s eased us out of winter into Spring, or the recent Eclipse? Who know’s, but it’s a great time to review and plan. if you need support to make decisions about your future or you feel there is something holding you back from your goals or you just don’t know where to start? Give me a call. You can also have a listen to some of the downloads I’ve created. If you’re unsure which one would suit you, please email or give me a call.

Sun, Supervision and Sport

The sun is shining here today, doesn’t it make you feel full of energy? It’s days like this when I get the urge to go for a run – oh, I’m not a runner! But isn’t amazing the effect the weather or the type of light can have on us? It makes me very aware that I need to get out in the environment to replenish my energy.It’s part of taking care of me.

Penryn River

Penryn River

This weekend is the first Supervision group of the year. This is a place where other Hypnotherapists can come to discuss their case-load confidentially. It helps us to take care of ourselves so that we can then improve our service to our clients. I’ll be looking at the latest research updates, seeing what other training we might need to do to keep up to date and also looking at how we can promote Hypnotherapy to our local GP surgeries in the future.
Back to running! Well, cycling for me, but whatever your sport is you’ll have an inner dialogue about you do it – or not on some day. At the moment I am working with several people who are looking to improve or wanting to achieve a place in an event this spring/summer. There are lots of well researched techniques that can effect our performance. Probably the best know is Visualisation. have you ever imaging what it be like to……….? Well that’s the start of a great visualisation.

Dream – Believe – Achieve

I’ve moved

It’s been a really busy year so far which is brilliant. So many people are putting themselves first and taking some time out to work on positive change.
My positive changes so far this year have been to take part in Dry January and raise awareness of the work done by Alcohol Concern and to take the plunge and move my work space.
You’ll now find me in the wonderful Jubilee Wharf. An Award winning eco-friendly creative space on Penryn River. Find out more here2015-02-05 08.43.40
I’m settling in easily, helped out by Falmouth TM and Meditation Group  who came to visit on Wednesday and have a meditation. It’s warmed the room up, so Thanks You to everyone who took part. I’m here on Thursday and Fridays, if I’m not delivering course days with LifeMOT, contact me on the usual numbers.

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I’m giving a talk on Hypnotherapy. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s all about? Is it right for you? what happens in a session? how many sessions do I need? then come a long and find out. You’ll receive a discount voucher towards your first session too.
Newsletter Here
ifeTalk is a Network and Knowledge Group that meets every month in The Vic Inn at Threemilestone. It’s open to all and I recommend you come along and see and meet the diverse group of people who attend. There is always time to chat with everyone and discover who’s on your doorstep. You’ll also learn something whoever the speaker is.
I look forward to seeing you there and answering all your questions.

Tune in

Communication is Key – We all know how important it is so here at LifeMOT we’re spreading the news. Tune in to Source FM on Friday 7th November at 11.10am and here Amanda speaking to Andy Coote about business and community. Then on Thursday 27th November at 2.30pm, Amanda is chatting with Judith Kingdom on Penwith Radio about life, love and laughter. She also be choosing the music that has inspired her.

Open Talks Nov

Here’s the latest Newsletter from the open Talk Group. Download it here. I’ve been hosting this group for about 7yrs now and next year it’s all change. This means a new venue which can accommodate more people, up to date presentations and Wi Fi.This means I’ll be able to bring even more expertise to the groups either in person or via Skype. Look out for the events and make sure you don’t miss out by signing up to the Newsletter from my homepage I’m making sure that we plenty of time to network during the evenings so we can create a really strong group of like-minded people. Next year we’ll be headed LIFE Talks as we’ll be under the wing of LifeMOT Community Interest Company. Check out the website here If you are interested in giving a talk, please let me know as there are spaces available and I can always arrange a one off event too.

Made my day

Isn’t it brilliant when you receive something completely out of the blue. That’s what happened to me today and I’d like to share it with you as someone thought to share it with me.- Andrew called. He had been a client of mine 6 months ago who came to me to stop smoking. He won’t mind me saying that he was Mr Sceptical (to say the least!) “I never thought I would give up the fags” Well, he still is a non smoker and he wanted to let me know this – “You’ve made the biggest impact on my life, it’s monumental. I never expected it to be so easy, I was sceptical but you altered the way I think. I didn’t realise it at the time but now I’ve worked it out and my thoughts have progressed and the gaps between the fags became greater and greater, the cravings just disappeared and its all of my own free will. You’ve done me a huge favour so I wanted to let you know. I have no inclination to go back smoking“.
Amazing. I’m so grateful that he called me and at the same moment that I had just reviewed my notes ready to archive. What a coincidence – or not?

I often get asked, what’s your success rate? It’s a difficult one to answer as people just go home and get on with the rest of their lives.  I really appreciate it when people take the time to come back to me and let me know how it’s going, even bumping into them at the Tall Ships event and they are beaming with happiness, telling me how great there life is now and what changes they have been able to make. It’s Brill. Thank you.


2014-09-15 16.31.58I’m feeling very grateful this month. I received an award last week for “Nurturing Relationships” for the work I do with LifeMOT and for promoting the Open Talk networking group. The event at The Queens Hotel in Penzance was hosted by Judith Kingdon from Star Shapers Ltd who did an amazing job of organising the event using Crowd Funding.

“It as a lovely day, I can’t believe how many people there were. It was a room full of inspiring people who had been nominated by their peers for the special work they do that supports others in some way. I saw some old friends, made new ones and also put some name to faces who’s reputation precedes them. I felt very honoured to be in this group and to be recognised for the work that I do”.2014-09-14 14.06.48