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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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UNSIGHTLY: Selina Maycocks bitten nails. HYPNOTHERAPY is a therapy that is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis. The word hypnosis from the Greek hypnos, or sleep is an abbreviation of James Braids (1841) term neuro-hypnotism, meaning sleep of the nervous system. Treatable conditions include: f Weight control. f Eating/digestive disorders/IBS. f Pain control. f Sexual disorders. f Smoking cessation. f Confidence building/ motivation. f Panic attacks/anxiety/ stress management. f Nail biting. f Personal development. f Obstetrics/child birth. f Memory/retention/recall. f Exam preparation. f Sporting success/artistic enhancement. f Childhood trauma. f Sleeping disorders. f Fears/phobias. f Post-traumatic stress disorder. Visit www.pieceofminds .co.uk or call 07943 728851.

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Nailing my bad habit


When meeting new people through work I hurry to shake their hands in the hope no one spots my fingers. Ive tried every trick in the book false nails, anti-nail biting paint you name it, Ive tried it. Even at my best, Ive managed to grow just three fingers nails on each hand with my little finger and my index fingers always left badly bitten. At high school, I once held the class record for having the longest thumb nail, measuring 3cm from root to tip! But that was 15 years ago and short-lived. It was time to tackle the problem and when I was offered a hypnosis session as a solution, I thought it couldnt do any harm. Terrified of what might happen, I tried to push the scare stories to the back of my mind as I laid down on a heated bed, under a duvet. Handed a headset, I was asked to focus my eyes on a crystal hanging from the window, while I concentrated on my breathing, before closing my eyes.

NAIL-BITER: Selina Maycock with hypnotherapist Susan Lawrence.

Picture: Jon Corken

UGLY, bitten finger nails haunted me all my life.

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All the areas entertainments and leisure news and events in your every day and our weekly Whats On supplement - free every Wednesday Got an entertainments story? Get in touch with our Whats On reporters:
Katy Forrester at the Grimsby Telegraph on 01472 360360 ext 2175 or email katy.forrester@gsmg.co.uk Selina Maycock at the Scunthorpe Telegraph on 01724 273153 or email selina.maycock@gsmg.co.uk

Think of hypnosis and the first thing that springs to mind is a brave volunteer being put into a trance and after the words in three, two, one they awake flapping their arms, clucking like a chicken. Reporter Selina Maycock swapped her lunch break for a 50-minute hypnosis session in a bid to wash her hands of her lifelong habit of fingernail biting.
usually wakes you never came. My body actually felt as if it was gently rocking back and forth in a swinging motion and the butterflies that come with playing on a swing were present. Next, I visualised floating in a pool with petals on the surface before being launched into the root of my habit. I was told to think about how lovely my nails would look and warned that if I was to bite them in the future, I would have a nasty taste in my mouth. Susan said the taste would get worse and worse and eventually I would have a sickly feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was also told that if I persisted, my hands would turn round and I would have to twist them in order to get to my fingernails. Some 50 minutes later, with a countdown from ten, I opened my eyes. In the days after my treatment I had lost the urge to put my nails anywhere near my mouth. And as I tried to bite them as a test, I found my jaw reluctant to close and chomp them. It was almost as if someone suggested I bite my toenails an act I could never face doing. But then I became able to put my fingers in my mouth as a comfort but the urge to bite was still missing. I am shocked at the way in which my nails are growing the way I always dreamed of. I am looking forward to the weeks and months to come and the hunt to find the perfect place to treat myself to what will be my first manicure.

Soft sounds were played through my headset and hypnotherapist Susan Lawrence began her programme of speaking to me. I did not have to respond verbally, but just simply react physically to what instructions I was being given. After about ten minutes, I felt myself becoming more and more relaxed and my mind was being guided through different relaxing scenarios. About 20 minutes into the session, my arms began to feel heavy and numb. At one point I remember a feeling came over me as if I was about to drop into a deep sleep, like the falling feeling that comes with this. But the jump that

Most conditions can be tackled in about an hour


The way to stop doing something is to step into that gentle relaxation process. I could see Selina was following the images I was suggesting based on the beach theme she chose. I advise her to keep remembering the relaxation pool. I can help all conditions with hypnosis. Obviously, I cannot change the genes of people but I can reduce

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often find they have underlying trauma issues that need to be dealt with Brigg-based first. clinical I ask clients what theme hypnothey would like to do, so therapist no one ever has the same Susan session with me. Lawrence After an initial consultation, most conditions can be tackled symptoms so life is more in about an hour, but pleasurable and fulfilled. smoking, drinking and A lot of people who come for treatment are for weight-loss have to be treated separately. certain conditions and I