Why might we have “burgers for brains!” ?

Eating burgers for your brain is no better than eating burgers for your body.

Burgers for brains? What on earth am I talking about? Well probably most of us are guilty of doing exactly that with our choice of words. And whoops, I’ve just done exactly that in the previous sentence by using the word guilty. Oh dear, there I go again! Burgers for brain

Yes the word is GUILTY ! Everything we say about ourselves and others is being monitored by our brain and nervous system.

The title of the excellent book “Your body believes every word you say” by Barbara Levine describes it perfectly. Our bodies and brains are constantly exchanging messages to alert and signal to our body chemistry to take the appropriate action for a positive message or a negative message.

This is a primal response that is hard wired into the system to keep us safe when we’re in the jungle. If there is even a subtle scent of danger in the air my body will need to respond immediately to escape.

So what is going on that triggers the body into this negative state?

One thing is that the three vertebrae at the top of your spine, C1 C2 C3, are sitting one on top of the other. In a dangerous situation, and also with negative thoughts these 3 vertebrae will instantly respond by shifting slightly to close off some of the blood flow to the brain. Well it makes sense because if I’m confronted by a tiger I don’t want to think, I want to run! The “Fight or Flight” response is immediately activated and the muscles get more blood and my body gets more adrenaline and cortisol.

Unfortunately fed constant negativity, whether from outside sources or from our own internal thinking begins will over time lock us into a negative state. Then the vertebrae will find it difficult to move back to their parasympathetic relaxation resting place because we are continually triggering them into “fight and flight”. This is extremely wearing for our whole body and mind system.

The other point is that we can get dopamine hits from negativity as well as positivity. Imagine if we are constantly “liking” comments on Facebook because we agree with someone’s negative point of view. Then we become addicted to “unearned dopamine”. This negative dopamine makes us feel “one up” but like any drug we will always want another hit.

Dopamine is great when we earn it by achieving something worthwhile and working towards a goal. But just like being addicted to drugs, cigarettes and anything else, we can soon become that “rat in the lab” pressing the lever to get the next hit.

Gossip, arguing, negative self talk, negative words are all keeping us locked in that lab as our own actions try to get our next hit.

Physically feeding our bodies with burgers all day doesn’t keep us fit and mentally feeding our mind and body with negative thoughts has the same effect on our whole system.

Here are a couple of simple strategies we can put in place to help “clean up our act”
One I regularly give clients is the phrase “That thought is not available”. Any negative thought and you just say that back to yourself as many times as you need.

This works because the conscious mind doesn’t understand what it means but the creative mind does. Soon the conscious mind will get tired of trying to work it out and then your creative mind can do what it does best, create positive alternatives. Even saying to yourself “the weather is crazy out there” is much better than “it’s really miserable outside”

You could also use the elastic band on wrist favourite, and give yourself a quick reminder by flicking it against your skin any time you think something negatively.

Even better swap the band to the opposite wrist each time you have a negative thought. I can tell you from experience this becomes pretty tedious and it’s easier to just drop the negative words! We won’t clear them all out but your brain will soon begin to get what this is all about and you will literally start thinking, saying and using more new positive patterns in your everyday language.

Have Fun cleaning up your selftalk vocabulary.
For information about my online and one to one work
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What I really do in a hypnotherapy session and what I really don’t do!

Just a few words to tell you one or two things about the work I do and what I don’t do. So let’s start  first with what I don’t do.  Hypnotherapy

I don’t do one stop, close your eyes, snap my fingers change…why? Because I want to be sure the  changes we make will last.

I don’t do hypnosis tricks such as making clients forget their name. However I do give my clients  hypnotic words and phrases, ideas and valuable understandings that can really help improve the  quality of their experiences on a daily basis.

I do therapy that works, trance that works, hypnosis that works, Neuro Linguistic Programming,  Emotional Freedom Technique and Eye Movement reprocessing. These are techniques that work.

I encourage all my clients to take the information we work on in each session and practise it at  home to help them improve the present and the future for the rest of their life.

The exercises can be as simple as choosing whether to look up or look down. In fact just choosing  that simple change will massively impact the way our brain chemicals and neurons are connecting.

If we want to be more confident then, with a very simple adjustment our mind and our body posture and even our voice will become more confident to others around us and to ourselves. And all we  will have done is flip a mental switch in our mind.

Just like the master switch for your electricity this will bring the lights back on so you can enjoy  your new way of thinking and being.

I’ve spent 25 years designing these sessions to help clients find real answers and lasting positive  change. Stress, depression, confidence and many many other issues are regularly turned around  often in just 2 to 4 sessions.

This work can as easily be done online as in my office or even by phone.

So if you are ready and would like to enjoy hypnotherapy and holistic change work delivered in a  relaxed, fascinating and empowering way just text, email or call and we can discuss how I can help  you and your particular circumstances.

rogerfoxwell.co.uk rogerfoxwell.therapy@gmail.com 07970218451

Could breathing and looking be among the most important things to improve in our lives?

What have you been doing all day? Looking where you are going I presume.

What have you been doing all day and all night? Breathing I hope.Breathing fresh air

Looking and breathing are fundamental to our lives yet it is very easy to take them for granted. Think about it, if we aren’t “looking in the right place” and not breathing efficiently then we are spending a large part of our lives running our physical and mental systems inefficiently. This can lead to physical and mental issues, less control over our daily experiences and less pleasure and fulfillment in our daily lives.

In my hypnotherapy, EFT and holistic therapy sessions these areas are two of the most important starting points and foundations for helping clients heal on any level.

For instance, using our peripheral vision helps us engage our vagus nerve and the parasympathetic relaxation part of our autonomic nervous system. However, looking down and holding our awareness to a narrow field of vision will send us into the “fight and flight” mode of our nervous system. These two modes of awareness are quite different and each generate massively different body chemicals, neurological connections and feelings. We could read as many scientific articles and studies as we like but the only real way to actually improve our experience of the feelings we would rather have, and experience fewer of the feelings we don’t want is by choosing to connect with the appropriate body and neurological connections at their optimal levels.

When we were borne and into our early childhood our bodies would breath with a perfectly natural balanced physical harmony. But life came along giving us a “knock” here and a “kick” there so to protect ourselves we had to tense up, go into fight and flight, breathe into our upper chest and brace our shoulders to save us from predators and danger. Soon we would unconsciously be locked into this primal pattern to help “keep us safe”.

However by relearning our original breathing patterns we can get our whole body and brain to respond and help regain the original efficient and healthy ways to direct the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide into our bodies. And without having to know how it all works.

So are we going to continue to “feel a bit down” or wouldn’t we prefer to feel that

things are looking up”. 

It’s hard wired into our language so why not rewire it back into the body and brain just like

a breath of fresh air”

To find out more about how I help my clients make the changes in their lives they are looking for, please visit my website www.rogerfoxwell.co.uk

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Relax with this Simple, Powerful, Rapid Self Hypnosis Sequence

 Disclaimer. Only use in a safe place, not when driving or operating anything that requires your full attention.

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Having an easy and quick way to relax, whether in bed or during the day, is invaluable for our physical and mental health. This sequence is designed to help anyone relax the body and allow the mind to follow.  Self Hypnosis

You can use it to get into a positive creative state and give yourself affirmations, or just enjoy a calm relaxing state for however long you want.

To begin find a comfortable place sitting or lying down and take a few moments to settle yourself.

Close your eyes

Start by quietly paying attention to your breathing for a few moments. Then begin relaxing the body in the order below or in any way that suits you.

I put it together in this order so each group of two has a connection with each other and with the next group.

You may like to run through the order in your head a few times to become familiar with it.

Hands and Feet

Toes and Fingers

Forearms and Lower legs 

Head and Shoulders

Chest and Heart

Abdomen and Hips

Then with each group, saying to yourself simple phrases such as:

My hands and feet “are relaxing”

My hands and feet “are feeling heavy”

My body is “enjoying this sense of relaxation”

My fingers and toes are “warmer and warmer”

My head and shoulders are feeling “heavier and heavier”

I am feeling more “comfortable and relaxed”

My chest “moves comfortably and easily with each breath”

My heart is “relaxing and beating comfortably”

It is safe for me to “let go completely”

OR     you can just use the word “Relax” each time

Continue with your phrases and repeat each sequence as many times as you like with whatever variations feel comfortable for you.  You can use the example phrases or make up your own relaxing phrases as you go along.

When you feel comfortably relaxed you can just continue to enjoy how you feel or use some appropriate positive affirmations for your creative mind to work on.

You can do this in bed to help get to sleep either on your back or on your side. I also like to use it to  practise lying still. Being able to lie quietly if you have trouble sleeping will help a lot and if you feel you want to move it is a good idea to do so slowly. The brain is constantly wanting to be “on the move” but that doesn’t help us when we want to relax.

Then you can either continue into sleep or when you are ready give yourself the signal “My eyes are opening and I return to full conscious waking awareness”.

Open your eyes, wide awake.

I hope you enjoy this and do contact me if you would like to know more about my work.

 

 rogerfoxwell.therapy@gmail.com    www.rogerfoxwell.co.uk

 

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

Build Happiness into your Life with Hypnotherapy

Wouldn’t we all like to feel happier?  

Now I’m not saying we should feel happy every moment of the day since that wouldn’t be possible  and wouldn’t be healthy for us. Feel Happy

Feeling sad, bored, distracted etc are feelings that are hardwired into our brains for important  reasons. These are what I call primal feelings and all those uncomfortable feelings have been part of our makeup since our ancestors lived in caves or in the jungle. Circumstances were different in  those days! Let’s say they are feelings that are designed to keep us safe in the jungle and enable us  to act appropriately to the dangers and different life situations that would occur there.

However we are not living in the jungle now, BUT we are in effect living in a different jungle and  these primal instincts are still extremely strong. In fact they are hard wired to kick in unconsciously  at any time the brain senses danger or feels uncomfortable.

They could be feelings of loss and grief, feeling afraid, bored or worried. Obviously just a small  example but the feelings we experience are actually designed to help us protect ourselves and be  able to react immediately to threat.

We also have positive feelings. For instance we might feel supported and safe in the company of  people we trust. But as we all know we just can’t be happy all the time. This is because the happy  feel good chemicals are only designed to be switched on for a certain amount of time and the body  will need to replenish them.

What we can do though is learn how to make those happy feelings last a little longer, how to release past issues that may have been blocking them and how to actually recognise and strengthen them  every day.

So how can we go about making this change to our everyday life? Well, you guessed it.   HYPNOSIS!

No need for five years on the psychotherapist’s couch!

Hypnosis can help you powerfully access deep relaxation.

Hypnotherapy can give you the tools to discover and release the old patterns and experiences that  may have kept you in a fearful state all these years.

Hypnosis can help you let go of destructive habits and addictions, generate confidence and  generally leave you open and ready to make powerful changes in your life.

Hypnosis will help you use the power of your unconscious mind to release you from old negative  patterns and thinking.

Hypnosis is an immensely simple, pleasant and powerful way to rapidly make deep changes in your world and how you feel.

Roger Foxwell.co.uk +447970218451 rogerfoxwelltherapy@gmail.com Hypnosis EFT NLP EMDR

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.

Hypnotherapy help for autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune Diseases

When I am working with a client with an autoimmune issue the first thing I would ask is “have you been given a medical opinion?” It is extremely important from a professional stand point, for the client and their Doctor to know that they are taking medical advice.

However although autoimmune diseases will show in bodily symptoms there is often much beneath the surface that cannot be pinpointed by an xray or resolved by drugs. So what else could be below the surface that is triggering the event?

It is becoming more and more recognised that these physical symptoms can have their roots and origin in past trauma. The acronym ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences and it has been shown that a large majority of people suffering from illness such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, dystonia and many more will have had experience of abuse, neglect or difficult childhood. Also a lot of us at some point in our lives will also have experienced traumas such as a car accident, losing a loved one, having an operation that we may seem to have recovered from but without necessarily being aware of the emotional scars that may still be there.

To help the body heal the mind must also heal and hypnotherapy is an empowering route to help release past traumas, disappointments and negative experiences.

We are rapidly beginning to realise just how intertwined the body and mind are and to treat one without the other will not always complete the healing process. If we have a broken leg then that can be fixed with a standard operation but autoimmune diseases can have their roots in places we may never have looked at for a long time.

Hypnosis could be described as the royal route to the mind. It can help release issues that we remember and issues that we could not remember. For instance our DNA is passed on genetically through our parents and their parents. But with the right tools the unconscious mind can release negative conscious and unconscious material in a safe way. Then the healing can begin to take place.

Healers, therapists and medical professionals are beginning to realise that one of the underlying reasons for our Dis Ease is in our minds and our bodies.

So things are not “all in the body” or “all in the mind” but they are all connected and in fact communicating with one another.