- The Winner of the Tablet AND How Much Did We Raise For The ROYAL MARINES CHARITABLE TRUST?
- How hypnotherapy can help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Duncan’s weight loss and mud run challenge
- Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 7 How did I do after 90 days? The results are in
- How to improve the appearance of your skin, what ever your age or skin type
Everyday we are being faced with growing evidence that sunbathing and sun beds are not only ageing our skin, but, also putting us at a higher risk of cancer. When UV radiation penetrates skin, it causes changes in the cells that can lead to sunburn, premature ageing, DNA damage and skin cancer. There are two types of UV radiation: UVA is responsible for skin ageing, and UVB causes sunburn. Both are thought to be a major risk factor for skin cancer.
So, if we know it is bad, why do we do it? Because nothing makes you feel better than sporting a great tan; you feel healthy, slimmer and generally better about the yourself.
WHAT TO DO?
Well, here at Ananda Healing, we have found the answer for you. We have found a great looking (no tangerine skin here!) spray, natural ingredients, mainly organic and guaranteed flawless results. We are proud to associate ourselves with the luxury brand of Vita Liberata.
What sets Vita Liberata apart
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WHY WE CHOSE VITA LIBERATA?
The products are completely in keeping with our holistic, clean, safe ethos. It is always about putting you, our client, first
WHAT THE CEO of VITA LIBERATA LUXURY TAN HAS TO SAY
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Clinical hypnotherapy, what it means to me and how it can help me to help you.
As many of you may know, or some of you may not yet know, I am already qualified as a Master Hypnotherapist. I love the ways that we can use these wonderful, and natural, techniques to so quickly change things in our lives that we don’t want. I’ve personally used hypnosis to rid myself of an old phobia I no longer had any use for, and on a more day to day basis I love the deep relaxation techniques, very akin to meditation, that allow me to leave stresses behind and very quickly re-energise!
These hypnotherapy skills have allowed me to also help others who have been having problems in their lives, with great results. So why do I need to do more? For me the clinical hypnotherapy training was a chance to take the time out from life, while learning more about how hypnotherapy can help both me and you. I had a chance to learn, and practice new skills, and to share knowledge with some great hypnotherapists (both the trainers and the other hypnotherapists). It’s a lovely experience too as the training is carried out in a light to medium trance, which allows us to feel deeply relaxed and at the same time learn at an accelerated rate. If you want to know more about the “learning state”, the “now state”, or hakalau, please give me a call. That on it’s own will change the way you look at things.
One of the lovely things I gained was the chance to receive a whole load of hypnotherapy myself, so you can only imagine how relaxed I’ve been and still am. You can only imagine how keen I am right now to work with you on any problems you have.
I’ve learned new techniques, updated a whole load of my usual techniques and got focus on certain areas I didn’t necessarily have before. For instance the whole clinical side of hypnotherapy, from stopping smoking to hypnoanalgesia, has adapted during and since my training being the main focus of the training. The stop smoking techniques that I used to use have changed, and the weight loss has become even more streamlined. One of the greatest things I got from the training was that my therapies are becoming even more adaptive to you, each session becoming even more personalised so you get only the very best from me! It may sound like a sales talk, for which I apologise, but I’m sure you can guess just how enthused I am right now.
So what exactly is the difference between a hypnotherapist, a master hypnotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist? When you first learn hypnotherapy, just as when you first learn any new skill, you tend to work within a framework. So when you first do a session with someone you may well follow a set script, perhaps gaining the knowledge and confidence over each session to begin to adapt to the changes within the client. They will tend to work within the confines of scripts and set ways. A clinical hypnotherapist will learn further techniques for different inductions, deepeners, and more scripts for carrying out more clinical work with people. A master hypnotherapist has learnt the skills that has made them a hypnotherapist and then learned even more ways to get clients to relax deeply, working in a scriptless way to find the right solution for each specific client, making the hypnotherapy sessions even more powerful for each client.
Now I already knew that each of you are different, and go into trance differently too. I have usually tailored my sessions to make sure that you go into trance as easily and effortlessly as possible. I have learned even more ways to individualise your sessions to have even more great effect on your old problems.
Not only that, but I have been filled to overflowing with new ideas for ways to help you all. From personalised hypnotherapy CDs, tailored to you as an individual, to sessions on how to use metaphors, teaching stories, in your own lives and to help our children learn.
There are so many new ways I can help, and I’d love to hear from you as to exactly how I can help you right now.
1. A 2014 study from the University of Amsterdam has correlated the practice of meditation with attention to detail and creative performance
2. A 2005 study from the Harvard Medical School has found that meditation increases the thickness of your prefrontal cortex. This cortex is the part of the brain associated with attention and self-awareness
3. A 2010 study from the University of California also found that meditation increases your attention span
4. A 2014 study from the International College in Thailand found that meditators have lower rates or burnout and cope better with stress
5. A 2009 study from Aarhus University in Denmark found that long-term meditators have thicker brain stems
And finally –
6. In 2014, a further study from the Harvard Medical School found that meditation increases the density of your grey matter in processing and perspective taking.
So what’s not to like? Learn to meditate and you will be happier, healthier!
Want to learn meditation? At Ananda Healing we teach a tool box of techniques and meditation types so you have the right method for you.
Want to try something new? How about our fabulous guided meditations/ They have been scien
Hi Everyone – Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported my mad annual fundraiser for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. For those of you that need a reminder of my mountain bike challenge.
We raised a staggering £764!!!!!
Well there are a few things to report following the bike ride on 13th September 2014
On the Saturday of the ride I managed only 90 miles across the South Downs before the dark made it too dangerous to finish the trails on to Winchester and the road stage finish of the 140 miles. Unfortunately on the Sunday injury to my back made it impossible for me to get back on the bike and finish off. Despite that everyone was really kind and paid up anyway.
The good news is that I have now had my knee operation and am recovering well, so it’s back to running soon. The bike is also back in tip top condition and being used for the daily commute!
Secondly, now that all the money has been collected, I am able to announce the winner of the TABLET
AND OUR WINNER IS
(really long pause as in the manner of X Factor, Strictly etc etc etc ….. Still pausing, unnecessarily, milking it …. still pausing)
Congratulations Jenny – See you on Saturday for your presentation and photo call
P.S. Please comment with any crazy fund raising schemes and prospective charities for next year’s efforts!
Duncan’s mountain bike challenge for Wounded Royal Marines
On Saturday 13th September 2014 our very own Duncan Batchelor will be setting out from his home town of Heathfield in East Sussex, travelling 140 miles across the South Downs Way and beyond to finish at the Royal Marines museum in Portsmouth, within 24 hours. He’s been practising in all weathers from horizontal rain to hot summers days. You can see his route below, and will be able to follow him on the day on his facebook page, using live tracking from Runtastic.
You can help him to raise money by sponsoring him at: www.justgiving.com/RM350.
Donate £5 or more to get entered into a prize draw to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.
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Recent news has held a number of articles showing an increase of people, mainly servicemen, suffering from, and seeking help for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But what is PTSD? How would you know if you’re suffering from it? How can you help yourself? And how can you get help?
Before becoming a therapist I served in both the military and the police, so I’ve seen my fair share of traumatic events. I’ve suffered from a form of PTSD following a life-changing accident, and seen a number of others suffer from the symptoms of PTSD. I’ve helped a number of people suffering from this, often hidden, disease.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how can you help?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following any traumatic event that makes a person feel helpless or threatens their safety. In the main PTSD is associated with battle-scarred soldiers (combat is the most common cause in men) but any life experience that overwhelms you can trigger PTSD, especially when a person feels out of control. Some examples would include: War, Natural disasters, Car or plane crashes, Terrorist attacks, Sudden death of a loved one, Rape, Kidnapping, Assault, Sexual or physical abuse, Childhood neglect or any other event that leaves a person feeling trapped or helpless.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and police officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.
Main types of PTSD symptoms:
- Re-experiencing the traumatic event
- Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
- Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
- Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
- Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
- Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
- Avoiding reminders of the trauma
- Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
- Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
- Loss of interest in activities and life in general
- Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
- Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
- Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hyper vigilance (constant “red alert”)
- Feeling jumpy and easily startled
- Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anger and irritability
- Guilt, shame, or self-blame
- Substance abuse
- Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
- Depression and hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Feeling alienated and alone
- Physical aches and pains
PTSD shows differently from person to person and while the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.
How PTSD differs from a normal trauma response
Following any traumatic event almost everyone would show some symptoms of PTSD. It’s quite normal to feel stress, or numb, in, and following, a stressful situation. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events. In the majority of people these feelings are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but over time they ease. With PTSD the symptoms don’t improve, things don’t get better and they may even get worse. When a person gets stuck in a past event stress becomes PTSD and the sufferer remains in psychological shock. Their memory of what happened and feelings about it are disconnected.
How can I help myself if I’m suffering from PTSD?
Reach out to others for support
You may be tempted to withdraw from your loved ones or from society in general. But it’s important to stay connected to life and the people who care about you. Support from other people is vital to your recovery from PTSD, so ask your close friends and family members for their help.
Consider a support group, where you can share and help each other through this time. Support groups for PTSD can help you feel less isolated and alone. No local support group? Look for an online group.
Avoid alcohol and drugs
You may be tempted to turn to alcohol or drugs. But while they may temporarily make you feel better, they actually make things worse in the long run. Drug use worsens many symptoms of PTSD, such as emotional numbing, social isolation, anger, and depression. It also interferes with treatment and can add to problems at home and in your relationships.
Challenge your sense of helplessness
Overcoming your sense of helplessness is key to overcoming PTSD. Trauma leaves you feeling powerless and vulnerable so it’s important to remind yourself that you have strengths and coping skills that can get you through tough times. You could try volunteering your time, giving blood, reaching out to a friend in need, or donating to your favourite charity. Direct positive action empowers you and challenges any sense of helplessness.
Practice relaxation or meditation techniques
Find someone who can help with learning to meditate or can help you achieve a deeply relaxed state. There are many meditation teachers, and groups to help with this. Ananda Healing offers such services with Amanda Lund-Batchelor.
Spend time in nature
Fresh air and nature helps to bring about a sense of peace in many people. Studies have shown that an aimless walk in a quiet place can help to change the chemical balance of the brain and body, easing symptoms of PTSD and providing positive health benefits too. Focusing on strenuous outdoor activities can also help challenge your sense of helplessness and move on from the traumatic event. Evidence suggests that servicemen pursuing outdoor activities like hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing etc may help with PTSD symptoms and ease transition back into civilian life.
What help and treatment can I get with PTSD?
There are many different treatments that you can seek to help with PTSD. Being a master hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner I will focus on those. Especially when you take into account the following facts and figures. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), different types of techniques were reviewed, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate)*:
- Hypnosis : 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).
- Behaviour Therapy : 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).
- Psychotherapy : 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).
Early treatment is always going to be preferable, so if you, or a loved one, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, contact Duncan from Ananda Healing to find out how he can help. As an additional benefit of the therapy at Ananda Healing, Duncan will donate 25% of all treatment fees to the Help for Heroes charity.
* Figures taken from healmyptsd.com
During the last few months, I have been doing a lot of reading of the recent studies of research into baby/child brain development. Research now suggests that a baby’s brain will not develop correctly without the correct stimulus. Makes sense I hear to say. So what is the most important stimuli? Well hugging, holding, making eye contact, allowing your child to know it is loved, which in turn will allow your child to develop attachment to you and to others, seems to be the biggest and most important. Again, makes sense.
Now I am not a child psychologist, but what I see here on many occasions, are people needing that same stimulus; the need to be held, listened to (with eye contact) and to feel they are cared for, even if they have only popped in for a manicure!
So, what is my point?
Simply, that we are born with the desire/need to be loved and that lasts our lifetime.
Today, as you go about your day, make sure you make at least one person feel loved. Now I am not sure if that will change anyone’s brain development but it will make a difference – I promise!
January is well and truly here. The weather is rubbish, Christmas is over, the decorations are back in the loft and the blues are looming in the wings. So how do we, not just survive, but thrive in January? Well here is our top 10 tips for turning January blues into January rock n roll
1. Put some dancing music on and sing and dance like nobody is watching! Nothing will change your mood quicker than some carefully chosen ‘up beat’ music. In fact you could even compile a selection of your favourite tunes especially for ‘down days’.
2. Give yourself a goal! It doesn’t matter what it is but write it down, tell everyone you are going to do it and then work out your plan to achieve it. Why tell everyone? Because you are more likely to achieve if you know everyone is watching and supporting you. If you don’t want to tell anyone else, tell us!
3. Rope in a buddy to join you – it is much more fun training for a Race for Life, Mud Run, or a Marathon if you have a friend by your side and you can keep each other motivated.
4. Watch a funny film or call a friend who always makes you laugh – laughter really is the best medicine. It actually changes the hormones and cells in your body – REALLY!
5. Book yourself a treat (remember we can always help with that one!) Something as simple is a manicure can really lift your spirits.
6. Grab some old magazines and a few friends then spend a couple of hours having fun making a 2014 Vision Board (follow link for more details)
7. Try and do at least one thing a week that is outside of your comfort zone – you will be amazed how great you will feel once you have done it!
8. Do something nice for someone else. Do it for no other reason than you can. It will be worth it, we promise.
9. Try some exercise. If you aren’t already, do something to get your body moving. It doesn’t matter what level of ability you have, there will be something you can do. Exercise releases endorphins – the happy hormone.
10. Find someone to hug. Even if you live alone you can find someone, the cat, your best friend, the neighbour’s cat or even the neighbour (make it clear you are not taking up stalking though 😉 ) The person you want to hug not around? Then picture them in front of you and you giving them a hug in your mind – it works.
Finally, from the Ananda Healing gang – HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2014 be your year.
Following on from my previous blog posts about my weight loss, and the benefits of the Body By Vi challenge, I took part in a new challenge over the weekend. I took part in a 6K mud run to raise money for my Scouts, 1st Burstow Scout Group, where I’m the Scout leader. The scouts did their part by helping me to raise sponsorship money and so far we’re totalling £560. A mud run sounds like fun so I’ll describe the challenges to give you more of an idea. As well as running across fields, woods, uphill and downhill we had to overcome other challenges such as; crawling under barbed wire through muddy cold and often stagnant water, swim about 40 metres across a 6 foot deep lake (so you couldn’t wade across), carry a car tyre up and down a hill, more wading through stagnant ponds, crawling through mud, jumping over fire pits, climbing through an electric lattice and of course a brilliant water slide! Anyway 48 minutes after starting I crossed the finish line and received my finishers medal!
If someone had told me 4 months ago that, having not run for about 17 years, I could complete such a task in a pretty good time I would have laughed at them and said no way. If you add to that the fact that all those 17 years ago I broke my back and had a load of metal screws fitted in my lower spine, it makes this task all the more improbable. Needless to say, I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m not writing this to brag though, I want to share with you how I did it, so you can do the same (it’s not compulsory to do the mud run bit, but you can if you like).
In May 2013 I weighed about 15 1/2 stone, had a 41″ waist and couldn’t run for more than 200 yards without gasping for breath. I started losing weight by using the Body By Vi Meal Replacement shakes, replacing 2 meals a day. Not only did I lose the weight I wanted, but I found I had more energy and was increasing my lean muscle mass. brilliant results on their own. Being the sort of person I am, a month later I decided to take things a step further and get fitter too. I started cycling to the station each day, a 7 mile round trip, and running to increase my endurance and weight loss.
In 4 months I’ve lost over 1 1/2 stone and lost 5-6 inches around my waist. I can now run at least 6 miles without stopping, and have increased my cycling to about 50 miles a week.
I can’t believe the difference between then and now, and Amanda’s pretty impressed too. See the difference in the pictures (sorry about the clown outfit, the fancy dress was part of the sponsorship deal with my scouts).