Life is busy, filled with deadlines, commitments and must-dos. Even if we thrive on living at such a fast pace of life, the constant state of physical and mental high alert that results can take its toll on our minds and bodies, influencing how we feel, what we think and, ultimately, how we behave.

By simply relaxing, we can go a long way towards counteracting the negative side effects of our hectic lives. Whether feeling stressed, tired or just in need of a bit of luxury, we could all benefit from allowing ourselves to relax more.

Relaxation hypnosis is a fast, effective and enduring way of achieving all the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits of deep relaxation.

Generally speaking, hypnosis, as used within clinical hypnotherapy, involves the induction of a deeply relaxed physical and mental state; a state in which the critical faculties of the mind are temporarily suspended. But relaxation hypnosis goes that little bit further. It focuses exclusively on counteracting those negative physical, emotional and cognitive side effects of worry, stress and tension.

Relaxation hypnosis uses suggestion to progressively relax the physical body, encouraging waves of warm comfort to flow through the body, soothing, smoothing, releasing and relieving tired, tight muscles; relaxing the body from head to toe.

Direct positive suggestions guide the body’s internal mechanisms to effortlessly slow and regulate breathing and heart rate, to allow stress hormones to subside, body organs to work effectively, and to stimulate the body’s natural immune system.

Visual imagery is a vital part of the relaxation process. It encourages and deepens relaxation, using the power and creativity of the imagination to divert attention away from negative thinking, providing tranquil rest and sanctuary for the mind.

Beneficial post-hypnotic suggestions (constructive, often therapeutic suggestions given to a person whilst in a state of hypnosis, that are carried out post hypnosis) are also made, for remaining calm, peaceful and relaxed even after the relaxation hypnosis session is over.

Christine Woolfenden, DCH DHP reg. GHR, clinical hypnotherapist at Echelon Associates Hypnotherapy Practice, Charlbury, Oxfordshire | Oxford, offers single 45 minute relaxation hypnosis sessions / ‘massages for the mind’, priced at £60.00. Bookings can be made by phone, 07980 183 939, via email cw@echelonassociates.co.uk, or through the ‘contact us’ page at www.echelonassociates.co.uk.

If you’re looking for that perfect present for someone special, then why not buy a gift voucher and treat them to a wonderfully relaxing ‘mind massage’; affordable, enjoyable and enduringly effective relaxation hypnosis.

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