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Hypnotherapy: a very brief history

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Hypnosis is a fascinating subject and probably as old as human intelligence itself. Over 2,000 years ago, the scholars and practitioners of Yoga described the different the various powers of the mind, including ‘psychic’ abilities. They knew that the subconscious mind has total recall of every experience of the individual and that these experiences can be accessed by the conscious mind. The development of hypnotism in the west can be traced back to an 18th century Austrian physician, Frantz Mesmer, from whom we get the term ‘mesmerise’. Mesmer learned much of what he knew from a Catholic priest with the...

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I Stopped Smoking with Hypnotherapy

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Having tried dozens of times to stop smoking, a Bahrain-based PA decided to book a ‘Stop Smoking’ course with Consultant Hypnotherapist, Leila Edwards.  She found hypnotherapy “a truly unique, wonderful and empowering experience!” She says, “Leila completely reprogrammed me and I stopped smoking immediately, with no cravings or cranky side effects”. Silver Bullet This lady believes that “if there’s ever a ‘silver bullet’ for quitting an addiction or habit then this is it!” She describes Leila Edwards as “a delightful, sympathetic, highly professional consultant, who was truly interested in my well-being” and found that “the quality of professionalism and follow-up...

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Life at the Top

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Many people associate hypnotherapy with overcoming bad habits, such as smoking, or for helping to lose weight or overcome phobias and fears. In fact, hypnosis has many other applications and is a key element of performance enhancement in personal and professional development. Psychology is now an essential part of sports coaching, explains Consultant Hypnotherapist, Dr Leila Edwards, who was formerly a Dean at the prestigious University of Bath in the UK, renowned as a centre of excellence for sports and home of ‘Team Bath’ whose world-class athletes include Olympic swimmers and international competitors. There have been many studies that demonstrate...

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Birthing the Hypno Way by Fiona Clark

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Worried about giving birth? Don’t be. Self-hypnosis techniques can make childbirth a calm, controlled and beautiful experience for mum, baby… and dad! Childbirth is the most natural of a woman’s functions. So, when and where did it become something to dread, almost verging on paranoia? It seems that we women want our birth experience to be medically stage-managed thus absolving us of all responsibility, pain and effort. According to Dr Leila Edwards, a qualified hypnotherapist with a special interest in natural childbirth, it seems that the joy of birth can be rediscovered using the techniques of hypnosis, where deep relaxation...

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Overcome Phobias with Hypnotherapy

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Sarah-Jane McEntee, Business Development Manager for Allied Pickfords, Bahrain, is no wimp, having only recently participated in an abseiling event to raise money for charity. However, she had a problem that caused her a major inconvenience when it came to having any kind of medical treatment - she suffered from a severe phobia of needles. “It was so severe I couldn’t even hold or go near a needle, let alone have one administered!” recalls Sarah. As Sarah was due to have an operation, this phobia presented a real problem that she didn’t know how to overcome. Fortunately, a friend of...

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