How to help cure the yips, the bow shakes, performance stress with hypnotherapy and EFT

This is a post for anyone struggling with the yips in golf, snooker etc, for musicians with bow shakes or lip control issues. Also darts players who can’t let go of the dart and in fact any high performance skills where the messages from the brain to the body seem to have broken down for no apparent reason.

I have worked with pro golfers, world class snooker players, professional footballers and all levels of players and performers in the amateur world from tennis and bowls to darts. I use a range of unique therapeutic and practical techniques To help professionals and amateurs fine tune those subtle but important movements that make all the difference between success and failure. Yips

So some information on my background and how use my own performing experience to help clients in many professions get their very best performance results on a daily basis

I have been working as a therapist for 25 years but my first career was as a professional orchestral violinist and that helped me gather a great deal of first hand experience of the joys and the stresses and strains of performing with top orchestras in concert halls all over the world. As musicians know, once you’ve played that note you can’t go back and, at the same time you’ve still got to keep up!

As with any skill both professionals and amateurs will experience the pressures of performance appearing just when they don’t need it. That final putt on the last green, potting the black, hitting the bulls eye etc. Unfortunately these are times when a seemingly hidden force can suddenly throw all the hours and months of perfecting our skills right out of the window.

So this led me to putting together and developing a programme that would help performers in virtually all areas use their skills and confidence to their highest standards and avoid old doubts and worries getting in the way of their technical abilities.

Over the years I have extended the range of techniques available and here are a few pointers and a short resume of how I help clients untangle what was once a pleasurable experience and smoothly executed movement that now feels almost completely uncontrollable. By putting the performer back in the driving seat emotionally and physically they can get back to enjoying the skills and pleasure they deserve from their chosen profession or hobby

I generally start with clearing old blocks and past experiences that will very likely be contributing to the issues. To do this I use light hypnosis to help the unconscious “do the work” since it tends to know a lot more about what’s going on than our conscious mind does.

Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping on acupressure points whilst verbalising the problems and releasing them) is also a very powerful way to clear issues from the past that are still connected to our nervous system. Tapping on acupressure points, where an acupuncturist would put a needle in, allows the brain and body to unravel intrusive messages from brain to muscle and rebuild a smoother, stronger and healthier connection that relates to the standard of performance we would expect.

Knowing the best way to breathe and how to control the heart rate and oxygen levels in the body is vital for to achieve best results. Being able to breathe, in a controlled and relaxed manner is vitally important and even more so when we are in a high tension situation.

Just taking a “deep breath” won’t hack it. This is likely to be counterproductive especially if we start our breathing into the upper chest and lifting the shoulders. Deeper and controlled diaphragmatic breathing which allows the diaphragm to move down on the in breath and filling the ribcage and chest with air naturally is the way to help the whole body achieve a good performance mode.

Generally in stress situations muscles are literally “fighting each other” for dominance which plays havoc with our putting or a being able to draw a snooker cue smoothly back and forward.

To get the correct muscles to operate fluidly in the right order a relaxed but heightened awareness is used visualised in hypnosis or a light trance. We spend most of our time in some sort of trance but giving the ourselves the option to choose our trance is giving ourselves command of the situation.

I have purposely made my work so that we can make complex changes with simple body and mind changes. That way most of the exercises I offer are available to practise immediately on a daily basis in our everyday life. For instance we are looking through our eyes all day, we are using our sensory perceptions all day, we are breathing all day. If we start practising the controlling of our fine tuning and awareness of our actions and the correct sequencing of our breathing then we are laying a solid base for the results we are looking for.

Covid, Hypnotherapy and Health Anxiety

Since Covid spread around the world Health Anxiety is probably even more prevalent than ever before. However obsessive worrying about one’s health is nothing new and nothing unusual.

But it can easily turn into an obsession that takes over one’s life. Continuously checking Google, worrying, looking for confirmation from friends, if these habits and more are taking over your life then it may be time to take a step back and ask Health Anxiety

yourself if you are not becoming obsessed with your health in an unhealthy way.

Of course it is important that our first step is to get good medical advice and look after ourselves physically and emotionally. Unfortunately continuous worrying about one’s physical health for no apparent reason is not going to help our mental health. This worry will negatively impact both our mental and physical health and it will certainly diminish the pleasure of our own life.

Bringing down the anxiety around this issue will actually enhance the body’s natural resources to keep healthy and to heal. It will also open the door to getting out of the negative loop we have made for ourselves.

How best to do this?

Hypnosis is renowned for it’s ability to help us relax deeply and rapidly. Being able to relax is of prime importance and hypnosis can be learned very quickly and effectively.

Hypnotherapy can give you the tools to help move your mind away from negative circular thinking very rapidly. It is also very effective in helping releasing any past material that may have contributed to this “not so merry go round” of obsessive thinking.

I also use Emotional Freedom Technique and EMDR which are powerful techniques in themselves to help clients release old thoughts and habits, bringing them back into a much more balanced way of thinking and feeling about things.

Don’t get stuck and overwhelmed with worry when you can take this issue back into your control far quicker than you may have imagined.

Find yourself an accredited hypnotherapist to help you turn this around.

For more information about my One to One and Online sessions please email or call and we can discuss how I can help

rogerfoxwell.therapy@gmail.com   07970218451  0141 571 1138

How modern Hypnotherapy and EFT can be used with the ancient Chakra system

Seven Chakras

The origins of the seven chakras probably began in India around 1500 to 500 BC. They relate to seven points in the body starting at the base of the spine and traveling to the crown of the head. 

They are depicted as 7 whirling balls of energy located along a line starting at the base of the tailbone and ending just above the top of the head. Each chakra has its own colour and each chakra represents particular aspects of our physical, spiritual and mental well being.

1   Root Chakra                

2   Sacral Chakra

3   Solar Plexus Chakra

4   Heart Chakra

5   Throat Chakra

6   Third Eye Chakra

7   Crown Chakra

Survival, Security

Pleasure, Sexual Centre

Seat of your Personal Power

Love and Connection

Communication,Truth Intuition and Inner wisdom

 Higher consciousness and Spirituality

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Blue

Indigo

Violet

The idea is that for us to be in our best mental and physical health each of the chakras should be balanced and in harmony with the body and mind, and with each other. 

For instance, the Solar Plexus governs our need to feel empowered and in control. If we get a “punch in the gut” (solar plexus chakra) that takes not only our breath away but also our strength.

The throat represents communication and if this chakra is blocked by preconceptions that do not support us then we may be “swallowing” our own truth. 

The crown chakra connects with our higher self but if we live all our life “in our head” we may never “touch the ground”.

Whichever way you view the chakras they certainly align with the basic emotions and instincts that we emotionally and physically experience on an everyday basis.

 In hypnosis chakras can be very useful to use as a connection between our mental and emotional feelings in a way we can actually sense and visualise.  

Also, EFT, Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique fit very well with chakra work. The chakras can then be used as a simple metaphor that the unconscious can easily process.  Tapping on the significant acupressure points to relieve stress or past emotions related to each chakra helps us let go of these blocks in our system.

Whether you are familiar with chakras, just interested or they are an important part of your belief system they are certainly very fascinating. Using them like this can simplify the connection with our feelings and emotions in a powerful way. 

For more information about my work as a hypnotherapist, EFT, EMDR and Holistic Practitioner feel free to call or email rogerfoxwell.therapy@gmail.com    +447970218451

How Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique can help stimulate the vagus nerve

Hypnotherapy and EFT

Vagus in Latin means wandering and the vagus nerve is the body’s 10th cranial nerve. It runs from the brain down the body connecting with virtually all the organs from the larynx to the digestive tract. It helps regulate our breathing, our heart rate, blood pressure and digestive system. Even our voice and hearing.

The vagus nerve has a profound effect on the body helping calm us by engaging the parasympathetic (relaxation) part of our nervous system. It is interesting that until the research by Stephen Porges the vagus was almost like the forgotten nerve in the body which seems quite remarkable since it has such an effect on our everyday life.

In a medical environment the vagus nerve can be stimulated with mild pulses of electricity to help with epilepsy and major depression. However we can all stimulate the vagus in a healthy way using very simple everyday exercises without any medical intervention.

Modalities such as Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and Yoga all help activate the relaxation ability of the vagus. When we are in relaxation with hypnosis we are helping to engage the part of the vagus nerve which can switch off the “Fight and Flight” response. This helps return mind and body to a state of safety. We then feel ready and comfortable to re-engage fully and naturally in our lives and with the people around us.

This is why Porges calls it the “social engagement” nerve. We don’t want to be stuck in our primal brain all day looking out for danger. Healthy communication engages our ”happy” body chemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin rather than adrenaline and cortisol.

Interestingly our voice can also change and develop a more relaxed and resonant frequency in this state. Working with clients in a therapy session I often hear the change and so can they. This change is important for our confidence and when our voice is resonating and relaxed this extra resonance will feed back to us and give us more confidence. Extremely valuable if we are giving a wedding speech or a work presentation.
Many people look for hypnosis for help giving a speech which is not surprising since it ranks as the number one phobia)

A toned vagus nerve will adjust our hearing to relax and filter out the “danger” frequencies so that we can “leave the jungle” response where we would need to be on constant alert. (No need to worry though, your “fight and flight” system will always switch on instantly if required) We just don’t want it switched on all the time.

We can easily tone or engage the vagus nerve by using such simple exercises as humming or singing, diaphragm breathing, yoga and dancing. Healthy and rewarding social relationships also contribute to our everyday life satisfaction and that is the vagus nerve at work.

If you would like to find out how you can use a few of these simple techniques there are short videos below.

Do you struggle with imposter syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome

How Hypnotherapy can help imposter syndrome

Although the term imposter syndrome sounds like the title of a Netflix movie it certainly does not bring anything like that to mind if you are someone that suffers with it.

Imposter syndrome is a state of mind where people don’t believe that the talents and abilities they have are real, that they are a fraud and will get caught out sooner or later. However skilled they are at their job, however high their celebrity status they feel that they are an imposter who will soon be exposed for the inadequacy of their knowledge and abilities. This is a psychological phenomenon that has no grounding in the reality. In fact we all know of people who may be totally unaware of the inadequacy of their skills yet have no idea that this is the case.

High profile personalities such as Kate Winslett, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama have all admitted to suffering from imposter syndrome and I have worked with very successful business people who, however far up the ladder they may climb always have the feeling that they will be “found out”.

Low self esteem and high anxiety are just two of the symptoms and we all know how uncomfortable it must be to live with those feelings following one around all day.

However it is not necessarily a difficult issue to release with the right treatment. As I often say telling ourselves to “feel good”, “snap out of it” really doesn’t work since our cognitive mind won’t readily accept the message. Using the unconscious creative mind is much simpler and very effective.

What are the best ways to engage the unconscious mind? Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique are two of the best tools I know to help release messages that have been lodged in our psyche and seem to be immune to whatever we throw at them. Since these thoughts were seeded in the mind unconsciously it makes sense to use the unconscious to “unseed” them.

Hypnosis helps quieten the conscious allowing it to step aside and let the mind create the new scenarios and feelings that we would like to experience and deserve. EFT can rapidly put us into “free association” where we can channel and get in touch with the true feelings of self esteem and worth that we deserve. No need for 5 years on the psychiatrist’s couch when this can successfully be turned around in two or three sessions.

The problem with pain and how hypnosis can help

Hypnosis Pain Relief

Pain is a very important message that lets us know if our body is in danger. The pain message helps prevent us from doing something that may make an injury worse than it already is. However these messages are processed not at the place that is hurting but relayed back from the brain to the injury.

The problem with this system is that these signals can become switched on even when the body has physically healed. The brain is actually controlling the amount of pain that we are experiencing and in effect, opening and closing “gates” that govern how much of the signal from the injury to let through. The brain can also choose to close these gates by releasing endorphins that will block that signal.

Now when a client comes to see me with pain issues it is important for them and myself that they are in touch with their GP or surgeon since we want to be sure that the sensations they are experiencing are not part of an underlying ongoing issue. Once that is clear then it really is possible to look for other ways to quieten down the constant messages that the brain has not yet switched off.

Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique can be exceptionally effective in helping the mind safely bypass the “switched on” pain channel. By accessing deep relaxation, engaging the creative mind and releasing unconscious negative thinking around the issue I have actually witnessed clients who struggled to reach my office on the first floor actually walk out with hardly a limp in their step.

As with most of the work I do there are so many factors controlling our unconscious behaviour that it is virtually impossible to access and deal with them all using conscious thinking. Telling myself it doesn’t hurt just won’t cut it. The unconscious creative is the part that will help us access much deeper levels of safety and healing. Hypnosis and trance are the pathways I use to access the part that knows how to help us make important unconscious change.

Working in this we way we can begin to “rewire” the old connections and replace them with newer, healthier and more appropriate connections. Scientists call this process of rewiring neuroplasticity.

Working in hypnosis with Trauma and Abuse

Hypnosis Truama

I have long held the view that most of us who are wanting to resolve past traumatic experiences would probably rather not talk about and revisit the experiences again in their lives, in their minds or in their therapy sessions. Most of my clients suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) may well have had many sessions of counseling, psychotherapy and retold their story over and over again revisiting each of those traumatic experiences in detail.

Now many people may prefer to talk through their issues and that is fine but in my view at the end of the day we are using therapy to let go of the past so that we can fully engage with our present and future. I am of of the opinion that continuing to visit those old traumatic experiences will only trigger more anxiety and stress.

This is why I use a mix of Hypnosis, EFT, and EMDR. (Emotional Freedom Technique/Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitisation. The real value of using these three together is that they can guide the client into a state of altered awareness or trance, both of which I would class as a form of hypnosis. However that is an argument for another day and has been going on for decades!

Once we engage the creative part of the brain on a deep hypnotic level we no longer need the conscious mind to do the work. This means that the client is free to let the unconscious mind do the work instead. Then the changes and release of past sensitive material can be processed unconsciously beneath the conscious awareness which is far less distressing.

Also, a lot of traumatic material is not, and never could be available to the conscious mind. I can’t remember being born and neither can you but that would have been a major traumatic experience at a time when we were at our most vulnerable.

I regularly work with clients with these issues and many times at the end of a few sessions they will have turned this issue around and I still know very little about the events they have been through because they would rather not talk about it. If a client wishes to talk through the past it is important to do so but certainly not necessary.

Can Hypnotherapy, EFT and EMDR help the yips?

Hypnotherapy EFT

In 2016, winner of 4 Majors and 300 top ten finishes,world famous golfer Ernie Els took six putts to get the ball in the hole at the Masters.

What was his problem? He had a bout of the Yips.

The yips is a golfing term that is usually but not always part of a putting problem whereby any golfer, pro or amateur can have the profoundly disturbing experience of finding the putter being “unconsciously wrenched from it’s intended path” and colliding with the ball in a completely different direction to the one intended.

However it’s not just golfers who can suffer from this experience but snooker players, musicians, darts and bowls players are just a few of the professionals and amateurs who can suddenly find all the delicately honed practice they have done becoming completely unstuck when they attempt to execute that important movement they have been practicing for a lifetime.

Scottish golfer Tommy Armour described the yips as “a brain spasm that impairs the short game” although once a player starts to experience this it is not unusual for it to take root in other parts of their game as well. Even Tiger Woods went through a rough patch with what appeared to be this issue with his short game chipping at one time.So what is going on? Well there are various theories and all I think, have some truth in them.

1/ The brain in effect sends a contradictory message to the body like a “short” across an electrical connection.

2/ That it is caused by anxiety.

3/ It is a form of “Focal Dystonia” a neurological condition that causes involuntary muscular contractions.

As a hypnotherapist it is important for me to look at all the possible reasons and circumstances that are causing the issue but at the end of the day everyone is different. Working on the yips with golfers, bowlers, rifle competitors and snooker players etc. my aim is to find each individual’s unique problem whether a misfire in the “electrical system”, a lack of confidence and/or the remnants of some past experience that has lodged itself in the nervous system. And even all three.

Using a powerful range of trance based tools such as Hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique, NLP and EMDR, has given me marvelous and empowering tools that have helped so many clients find the way forward with this issue while still fine tuning this work to an individual’s internal thinking and experience of themselves. And that’s when the changes take place. If you would like to know more please visit my website rogerfoxwell.co.uk Sessions are available online, by phone, and at my office in Glasgow, Scotland

Why it’s hard to lose weight only using will power and what you can do about it

Weight Loss

Hypnosis – Emotional Freedom Technique – NLP

It takes a lot of energy and continued vigilance to use the conscious mind to help with weight loss, and the chances for long term success are, as we all know, not good. Dieting is notorious for being able to achieve short term results but not necessarily so good for the long term. Counting calories is difficult and it is hard work to keep the momentum going.

Although making any worthwhile change is likely to need some will power finding the most efficient and successful option is especially important for weight control.

Hypnosis is a favourite way to change old habits and replace them with new healthy ones. However we have to know how to engage the brain chemicals we want and disengage the ones we don’t want.

Sounds complicated but with the right information it can be done. Serotonin, Dopamine, Endorphins and Oxytocin are all “feel good chemicals” being constantly triggered in the body. We just aren’t always consciously aware when they are operating and how to make them work to our advantage.

Dopamine gives us a “feel good” hit. But what we don’t always have is a buffer to first check if this is a healthy dopamine fix or just a short term gain? The question we must ask is am I going to enjoy that hit in a healthy way or am I just fuelling an addiction? Our brains are wired to look for dopamine hits but our brains are not always listening to our cognitive thinking process. We need to be able to weigh up whether something is healthy for us or not and be able to act on that information.

By eating that chocolate or doughnut when we feel sad, disappointed or bored we have been getting our shot of dopamine. But that is a fake hit that literally will continually need feeding. And unfortunately it will be followed by regret and an unpleasant shot of cortisol that tells us we have failed again.

The key is knowing how to recognise these “feel good chemicals” (feelings) and be able to respond appropriately by using them to our advantage. If we can do this then we will start to have some control over our unconscious thinking processes and achieve much better results.

Hypnosis, EFT and NLP are great tools to help us engage in this sort of work. They help our mind and body coordinate and connect so we can make powerful unconscious changes. This does not mean that we just close our eyes and it all happens. An important part of exploring these good feelings is our own engagement in the process.

So knowing how to engage your happy chemicals you will be able to engage your will power. This will really help you achieve the results you have been looking for. Knowing how to use these brain chemicals in the best way for your personal health and satisfaction will help you make more of the healthy choices you deserve.

Addiction – Is there a hypnotic loop that drives us?

Addction

Addiction and Dopamine

Addiction can be one of the hardest things in our lives to turn round. We may be able to rapidly “switch off” a phobia using hypnosis. And we may be surprised how quickly and effectively it is possible to release ourselves from anxiety and stress once we have the right tools to do so.

So why do addictions often take more time to resolve?

One reason is the complex neural and mental programmes working beneath our awareness and continuing to drive us however hard we try to resist.

We all live with addiction of some sort. Food, TV, Facebook, Video games, Alcohol etc. These are not bad habits as long they are under a certain amount of control. But when they are accompanied by negative changes in our daily life then it really is time to address them.

Do you recognise a warm relaxing feeling of pleasure and reward that your addiction gives you?

That feeling is the brain chemical dopamine and it plays a large part in the reason we get addicted. Addiction will follow the easy way to get dopamine hits. A dopamine hit that we have to earn is not as attractive as a dopamine hit we can get instantly. And soon we are locked into a cycle that takes over the brain and literally starts rewiring it!

Think this dopamine model doesn’t apply to you?

To change an addictive behaviour it is important to recognise what is happening on an unconscious level and bring it to a conscious level. For instance I just walked away from my computer to take some washing out of the machine. Nothing abnormal about that but…I then realised that emptying the machine gave me a little more dopamine reward than writing this post. When I have finished this post I will get a feeling of satisfaction and reward. But I will have to wait for that reward until I have finished.

Emptying the washing machine gives me feeling of satisfaction and reward that I can get NOW! And the point is that it is fractionally more than I get from relentlessly typing on the computer keyboard!

Just start to notice these subtle triggers in your daily life

Now is the time to start controlling any destructive habits. Hypnosis, NLP, EFT and EMDR are powerful tools to help you kick the old habits.  As you start to recognise these subtle triggers you may be very surprised at what is happening.

Knowledge is the first key to achieving change. The second is having the tools to make the change. A good professional therapist will have the tools and knowledge to help guide and support you all the way.

Roger Foxwell MBSCH Dhyp DHP

Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, NLP, EMDR