When feeling stuck, do something

A growing body of studies shows that, when it comes to losing unwanted fat, hypnosis is an extremely effective tool. If you live in Gold Coast, clinical hypnotist Greg Thompson has the skills that will make a difference.

But even with the help of Greg and his techniques, losing weight takes time, especially if you have a lot of kilos to shed. That can be discouraging, especially because, in our well-established culture of overeating, you will face constant temptations to feed your face.

Everywhere you look, food is being waved at you, especially the sugar and fat-filled foods that are the worst for you. Walk down the street, and you pass fast food places. Turn on the television, and the ads are filled with tempting, high-calorie delights.

And, of course, you have your own, well-established habits, situations and feelings that trigger a craving to eat.

Your hypnotic sessions will confront those cravings and blunt them, and you will learn trance skills that will make a huge difference over the long run.

But still, it will take time, and the cravings will sneak up on you.

When that happens, the thing NOT to do is to just sit there and hope the urge to eat will go away.

The best response to a craving is not to try to ignore it because that just makes it stronger. Instead, take action. Get up and do something. Fill that time with something besides just thinking about how you would love a snack.

Take a walk. Call a friend. Vacuum the carpet. Lift some weights. Maybe best of all, since Greg has probably given you some training in self-hypnosis, put yourself into a relaxing trance. By the time you emerge from that trip into yourself, the urge to eat will have faded away.

So when the urge to eat tries to snuggle up to you, don’t just sit there. Do something, just about anything, until the urge goes away. And the more often you do that, the weaker the craving to eat will become. Eventually, it won’t be there at all.

When anxiety won’t go away, consider hypnotherapy

Everybody is anxious now and then. It’s a part of life. Most of the time, it goes away.

For some people, however, it hangs around. It is a chronic condition that interferes with their ability to get on with their lives. It interferes with their ability to work, to play, to have satisfying relationships.

If you suffer from that kind of chronic, debilitating anxiety, you may be tempted to get a prescription for a tranquilizer.

Don’t do it. Remember that the prime rule of any health care profession is—First Do No Harm. Sadly, tranquilizer drugs can definitely do harm. They are habit forming, and lose effectiveness over time. They make it more dangerous to drive, to use machinery, to do anything that requires focus and coordination.

Instead, set up an appointment with a qualified, trained hypnotherapist—in Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been amply demonstrated over the years to be a safe, powerful and effective remedy for chronic anxiety.

First of all, the hypnotic state itself is a relaxing condition. When you are in even a very light trance, you simply cannot feel anxious or tense. And just about everyone can learn to go into at least a light hypnotic state.

Second, anxiety doesn’t come from nowhere. It always has a cause. It may have arisen from a traumatic event in the past. It may come from a stressful life in the present. It may be the result of a parenting style in your family that taught you a negative view of life, that it is something dangerous, something to be feared.

A skilled hypnotherapist has the skills and knowledge to go into your past, and if necessary into your unconscious, to determine the causes of your anxiety and help you deal with those causes.

So if you are dealing with anxiety that won’t go away, this is the time to give Gold Coast hypnotherapist Greg  Thompson a call.

The Addiction Fallacy

When smokers say about how they simply cannot give up their habit, they often blame it on addiction.

If you suggest a powerful tool like hypnosis—in Gold Coast think Greg Thompson—they might say,

“That won’t do any good. I can’t quit. I’m addicted.”

That’s a fallacy.

Now it is true that smoking has an addictive aspect. If you have nicotine in your system, as it metabolizes it leads to withdrawal symptoms, and those can be unpleasant—fuzzy thinking, irritability, cravings for more nicotine, anxiety.

The thing is, once the nicotine is out of your system, those withdrawal symptoms disappear. On top of that, nicotine metabolizes very rapidly. When you smoke a cigarette, half of the nicotine is out of your system within about ninety minutes. When you go to bed at night after one last cigarette, by the time you wake up in the morning your system is essentially clear of nicotine.

The destructive power of smoking is not the nicotine addiction, it’s the habit.

The addictive aspect of smoking is not mythical. It is real, and hypnosis will offer you tools to end it; but hypnosis and hypnotherapy are even more important for breaking the destructive habit of smoking.

Start with the probability that, if you have been hooked on tobacco for a long time, even the thought of quitting makes you anxious. Aa skilled hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson is trained and experienced in techniques to nip that anxiety in the bud. He also has the tools to derail any lingering withdrawal symptoms you might have.

Most of all, a competent hypnotherapist like Greg has many different techniques and approaches to combat the destructive habit of smoking. Every smoker has different reasons for having started using nicotine, and different needs that have kept the habit growing. A skilled hypnotherapist knows how to identify those reasons and needs, and can thus pick the approach that will work best for each individual smoker.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are increasingly recognised as the most effective way to beat the smoking habit. If it is time for you to quit smoking—and you know it is—then it is also time to give Greg a call.

Can’t Exercise – Try This..


Everyone knows that exercise is an important part of losing weight, but why is it that so many people who want to lose weight, don’t?

Perhaps it’s to do with money. Going to the gym usually means paying a membership, but if you are on a tight budget this can be a problem

Maybe you have the money, but tried it before and ended up paying the gym tons of money and hardly ever went. Maybe seeing fit, athletic, perfect shaped people left you feeling inadequate, self conscious, fat and out of place.

In other cases it has to do with time. If you have a full-time job, kids to take care of, and a house hold to run, you want to be able to just kick back and relax in what little time you have.

The thing is, you don’t have to go to the gym or cgo running every day. There are ways to be more active without being involved in a formal regimen of exercise.

For example:

If you have a job, you get a lunch break. Go to the nearest park, and eat your lunch there.

When you go to the shop, you probably drive, park your car at the far end of the car park. This means you will have to walk a little more. Every step does you good.

If you catch the bus, get off several stops early and walk the rest of the way.

Avoid elevators. Take the stairs instead.

These are all small things, but they all add up, burning calories, increasing muscle, and boosting your stamina and energy.

The Gold Coast is a beautiful place with plenty of local attractions. Go somewhere this weekend!

Go to the beach. There are some lovely places to walk along Nobbys, Miami, or Burleigh, or if you would like a something a little quieter head up to Runaway Bay.

Try Mount Tamborine or Springbrook. Start with the easy walks first and work your way up to the longer ones. These places are not only great for your body but, like hypnosis, are great for your mind. Being in nature will lift your mood and help with depression and anxiety and is the perfect place for quiet reflection and to re-focus.

It is not uncommon for me to incorporate these places in my hypnotherapy sessions. These places are generally calming and peaceful and can help you relax deeper into your hypnosis experience.

Is Hypnosis Just Meditation?



Hypnosis and meditation have been around for a long time. Sanskrit writings describe hypnotic states and how to enter them. The Native American vision quest involves self-hypnosis. Meditation is practiced in various forms around the world, and it is described in ancient Chinese and Hindu writings.

It is also true that both meditation and hypnosis involve altered states of consciousness, and both use particular techniques to achieve these altered states. Meditators repeat mantras, focus on breathing or repetitive movements. Hypnotists use such things as eye fixation and hand levitation.

Hypnosis and meditation help to slow your brain waves. In meditation, it is common for the frontal lobes, is dominated by theta waves, slower slower than the alpha waves usually found in a relaxed but alert state. In hypnosis, the frequency of brain waves depends on the depth of the trance. In a light trance, where most hypnosis work is done, alpha waves are dominant. In a deeper trance, the kind you might use for past regression, theta waves are strongest. In the very deepest trances, where the person is unconscious of what is going on, they have reached delta brain wave frequency.

In addition, hypnosis and meditation have different objects and results. In meditation, the goal is to empty the mind, to have no thoughts, to lose awareness of any mental activity. Once you have done that, your job is done. In hypnosis, the task is not to empty the mind, but to focus it as sharply as possible in order to accomplish a specific goal, like to quit smoking, eliminating pain, prefer healthy food, or resolve an emotional trauma.

Hypnosis is a bit like shining a spotlight on some specific area in your mind, while meditation is a way to dim the light, or even turn it off. Meditation is great for achieving a sense of peace and calm. Hypnosis is a goal-oriented tool for achieving a specific outcome.

Is Hypnosis Safe?


Is there something you’d like to change in your life? Perhaps stop smoking, or lose weight, control anxiety, or ease depression? You’ve probably heard good things about hypnosis.

But, maybe you also have concerns about how safe it is. Could sitting down in that hypnotist’s chair be risky? Could you wind up leaving with more problems than you came in with? Perhaps you just finished watching the movie ‘Get Out’ and are worried that you could be turned into a slave and taken advantage of.

Here’s the truth. You cannot be made to go against your morals and values. Even if your hypnosis experience was so deep you couldn’t remember it. Your subconscious mind always wants whats best for you. Even when it is doing the ‘wrong’ thing.

Take smoking for example. If you are a smoker, your subconscious mind knows that the quickest way to relaxation is a cigarette. Say you are addicted to sugar, sugar gives you a feel good. Your subconscious is just trying to help you relax and feel good. Hypnosis can be used to reprogram your subconscious mind with healthier ways to achieve relaxation or feel good.

When you go into a trance you are on a journey of your own making. The hypnotist is a guide, someone who offers suggestions about where to go, and what you can accomplish. You are the one in charge. You decide if you are go into trance. You decide when you are going into trance. You decide what you will do while in trance.

It may not always feel like you are in charge. In a deep trance, your subconscious mind takes over and your conscious mind checks out. But your unconscious mind, is still you, and even in the deepest trance you are aware and in touch and aware of what is going on.

Two things to consider for a successful hypnotherapy session are. First, have an idea of what you need to change and you want to gain from hypnosis. Second, pick a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. Unfortunately there are people that have done very little training and/or have little or no experience. Ring and ask questions. Speak with them, use your common sense and your intuition (gut instinct). Your intuition is your subconscious mind way of guiding you to make the best decision.

Are You Fat but Fit? Inside Out Hypnosis


As a hypnotherapist I hear many excuses for people to ‘not lose weight’. One of them is the Fat but Fit fairy tale.

It goes like this:

“Why would I need to see a hypnotist? I can weigh as much as I want and it doesn’t matter, as long as I stay active, and exercise.”

This fallacy began a few years ago when researchers at Middle Tennessee State University in America conducted a meta study on weight and health. Basically a meta study is when you gather data from many other studies, you put it together, and re-analyse the results.

In this study they split people into three groups, normal weight, overweight, and obese. Then they spilt those groups into two sub-groups, fit and not fit. They were wanting to see if people died before they should.

They found that if you were overweight or obese, and not fit, you were twice as likely to die early, but if you were fat but fit, the odds of dying were no different than for people that were of normal weight.

Great, forget the diets. Don’t worry about sugar cravings. Eat as much fat as you want, just make sure you exercise.

There was a flaw in this conclusion. You see no-one considered age, and once the researchers crunched the numbers it showed that people in their twenties and thirties can get away with being overweight and even obese, but excess weight in the middle-aged and older people lead to diabetes, cardiac disease, hardening of the arteries, and an untimely death.

So if you think you can live the ‘fat but fit’ fairy-tail, think again. You may be able to get away with it while your young but this myth is well and truly ‘BUSTED’. So if you live on the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Tweed and have some kilo’s to donate, then book in to the “Inside Out Weight Loss Hypnosis’ Program today.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

More and more people are realising that hypnosis works, and it can help in many areas of life. Experienced hypnotists and hypnotherapists help people lose weight, stop smoking, manage chronic pain, control anxiety and ease depression, among many other things.

Unlike many conventional allopathic specialists, hypnotherapist hold the view is that nothing is broken, you are simply not using the inner strengths and abilities you were born with. The hypnotist’s job is to help you find your inner resources to allow change to happen naturally.

Using hypnosis you create an altered state of consciousness. Similar to watching a good movie or read a good book your state of awareness changes and you become totally absorbed in what you are watching or reading. An experienced hypnotherapist helps you aim that focus where you need it.

Being in a trance also lets you ignore your conditioned sense of what is or isn’t possible, and become more open to other ways of thinking and behaving. For example, it doesn’t seem logical that you could use your mind to numb a painful part of your body, until you know how to do it. Or, that you could learn a powerful lesson from your hands, or have deep insights spontaneously without really knowing how you came to it.. Until you do.

With hypnosis you can disassociate from past events, allowing you to reduce the emotional affect while leaving the learnings intact. This alone has allowed many people free themselves from the past and create a positive happy future.

Finally, with hypnosis you are in charge. It isn’t a thing the hypnotist does to you, but something the hypnotist helps you do for yourself. Despite what you may see on TV or stage shows you cannot be made to do or say anything you don’t want to do.

How To Quit Smoking Using Your Mind?


Here are four things you can do right now that will greatly improve your chance of quitting.

First, think about all the reasons you want to stop smoking. Forget why other people think you should quit smoking. It’s important that you have your own reasons. No one can make you do anything you don’t want to do, including a hypnotist or a hypnotherapist.

When asked to do this most people will tend to focus on all the bad things they don’t want, like… I don’t want cancer, I don’t want the cough, I don’t want to stink anymore, or I’m embarrassed. Although these things can motivate you at first they will not keep you motivated. These are what I call ‘Away From Goals’. They are the things you don’t want. You need to write this list of all the things you DO WANT, your ‘Move Towards Goals’ like… I want to smell good, I want to be healthy, I want to feel proud.

Write down at least half a dozen of these using as many of the 5 senses as possible. Stick it on your bathroom mirror, your steering wheel, your desk at work. Now, every time you see the list, stop, look at the list, and read it. Read it slowly, and out loud, and with feeling. This way you are doing your own hypnotherapy.

Next, work out what you get out of smoking. For some people this is a hard one. I sometimes hear “There is nothing good about smoking” I always challenge this! Your subconscious mind is always trying to do whats best for you, and this is also true for smokers.

A smokers subconscious knows that in order to escape, have 5 minutes alone, some thinking space, some chill time. There is a sure way… A cigarette.

The thing is… taking time out, relaxing or rewarding yourself are not bad things. In fact it is imperative that you find new ways to take a break, go outside, or get whatever you used to get from smoking, but as a non-smoker.

Next, identify your smoking triggers. The morning coffee, with a beer, after a meal, out with friends. In the short term it may be easier to avoid certain things or do them differently. It is not a bad idea to lay off the grog for a couple of weeks, change the way you make your coffee or move the kettle, sit somewhere else at the dinner table. Consider your triggers and do something to avoid or change them.

Finally, have you ever wondered how smoking relaxes you even though you know it doesn’t? It is partially because you are just breathing deeply. You are being present to your breathe.  Breathing deeply is a gateway into hypnosis. Every couple of hours take 3-5 minutes to just breathe. Just think about breathing. Force yourself to stop whatever you are doing, go outside, and fill your lungs. Deep, slow breathing.

Allergic to Anaesthetic? 3 ways a Hypnotist can Help

Most of the time, when you are going to need surgery, you know that well in advance.

That gives you plenty of time, more than you probably want, to worry about it. It also, however, gives you ample time to prepare for the scary day.

One of the best ways to prepare is to make an appointment with a competent clinical hypnotist, who will be able to help in in three distinct areas.

First, there is hypnotic anaesthesia. There was a time when anesthesia basically amounted to slugging back a bottle of whiskey, which worked about as well as you might think it would—not very well at all. Nowadays, chemical anesthesia is the norm, but there are some people who can’t handle it. That is rare, but when it happens, hypnosis can offer an alternative. It has actually been used for a long time. In the nineteenth century, before modern anaesthesia came along, the surgical mortality rate was much lower for the lucky patients who had surgeons adept at hypnosis.

When you are facing surgery, another common issue is anxiety. There is, after all, no such thing as “minor surgery,” and it is hard not to be anxious about the coming procedure. The thought of lying on a table, unconscious, at the mercy of a stranger with a knife, isn’t thrilling. Neither is wondering how long it will take to recover, and how well you will do down the road. Those worries can make everything harder, even getting up in the morning. Hypnosis helps here, too. When you are in a trance, you cannot feel tense, or anxious. A trained hypnotist will also arm you with powerful post-hypnotic suggestions for positive thought, and probably also give you some training in self-hypnosis, so that the sense of calm and optimism will stay with you.

Last, and best, your hypnotist can help you learn to develop a self-hypnotic trance state that you can take with you, right into the surgery. You can record it, and listen to it while you are being prepped. Some surgeons will even let you listen to it while you are on the table. Either way, the research clearly shows that when you are in a hypnotic trance during surgery you have fewer complications, less post-surgical pain, and a faster recovery.

So when you are facing surgery, think hypnosis.