Could You Be Happier?

Wouldn’t it be great if you had more control over your happiness, and could be more happy more of the time?

I can help!

Today’s International Day of Happiness is the perfect day to introduce you to my Spring/Summer 2015 Happiness Course.

Book your place now on this fun, enjoyable 8 week course, meeting Tuesday mornings 9.30am – midday at the delightful Bristol College of Massage & Bodywork in Clifton. Look out for flyers, posters and more social media…

Why wait til Autumn? Learn proven techniques from hypnotherapy, mindfulness, positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy starting May 12th.

Numbers are limited, contact me for more details and to reserve your place. 

Sleep Awareness Week 2015

The week of 2nd – 8th March 2015 not only includes my 43rd birthday, but is also Sleep Awareness Week 2015!

America’s National Sleep Foundation has just released its latest poll, finding, “pain joins two related concerns – stress and poor health – as key correlates of shorter sleep durations and worse sleep quality. But there are paths to resolving the problem: The sleep gap narrows sharply among those who make sleep a priority.”

Not Sleeping Like A Log?

Are you someone who finds it difficult to get off to sleep at night? Minutes become hours and the clock just stares back at you. Or perhaps you get off to sleep just fine, but wake around 3 – 4am and struggle to get back to sleep again. Insomnia is both a growing problem, and a lonely experience. Author Poppy Z Brite sums it up for a lot of people, “the night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.”

What To Do About It?

It’s one thing to take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. It’s another to do something constructive about it. Jane took a chance and you can read about her  experience with me when insomnia led her to try hypnotherapy here.

If you need more motivation, have a listen to neuroscientist Jeff Iliff’s fascinating TED Talk highlighting new research giving “one more reason to get a good night’s sleep”

It was hypnotherapy that turned my sleeping around too, and it’s what motivated me to train as a hypnotherapist and help others, like you. You can check out my story here.

Contact Me

Do contact me if you’d like to turn things around for yourself.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Can Hypnotherapy Help You Love Your Life More?

Hope you enjoyed a nice Valentine’s Day. Would you believe me if I said that on 14th Feb 2014 I was being awarded my professional hypnotherapy diploma?! Not the most romantic way to spend the day, I agree, but in the year that’s past since then clients have benefitted by becoming able to sleep better, deal more effectively with work stress, improve their sports performance, manage their anger and remain calm, gain confidence and so much more. Not necessarily romantic, but definitely helping people love their life more.

What would make your life better? How can I help you make those changes between now and next Valentine’s Day?

> Contact me now to book your free initial consultation

Yuletide Break

xmas 2014A big thank you to all my clients, colleagues and teachers for helping make 2014 such an amazing year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year and I look forward to seeing you in January. 

Free Month of Headspace

HeadspaceThere’s a FREE month of  Headspace available with this voucher code: PREMIUM1M-BHWQ31

First come, first served, ie. the first person to use it uses it!

Just pop it into the promo code box on the homepage or at the checkout at Headspace.com and away you go.

The voucher is available as part of Headspace’s lovely “Get Some / Give Some” system. I’ve completed my first 30 days and so I get to share the joy of “treating your head right” with some lucky person.

If you’re that lucky voucher code user, please leave a comment below by way of  a thank you!

See you soon,

Sarah

Possibly Your New Favourite App

I’ve become such a huge fan of headspaceAndy Puddicombe’s Headspace (website and app). I really can’t recommend it highly enough.

If you have ever wondered what meditation could do for you, pondered what this mindfulness thing is that everyone seems to be talking at the moment, or felt that life could be simpler, more peaceful, more meaningful, give Headspace a go. Ten minutes a day is all it takes to get started.

Quite simply, I love it! And I’m not alone. As I type this post, the Headspace website tells me 4513 people are using it to meditate right now! And on that note, it’s time for me to make that 4514…

See you soon,

Sarah

 

I’ve Taken One Worry Away

How to find the clinics

Coming for a first treatment, whether it’s hypnotherapy or massage, can be a big deal – going somewhere new, to meet someone new, to have a whole new experience. For some people that’s exciting. For others it can be daunting, even if you know you want to do it.  Once you’ve booked your appointment with me, you can rest assured that finding the clinic will be easy – I’ve added two new pages to my website giving clear information about my Clifton and my Bishopston venues to help you find you way.

So, that’s taken that worry away. Now you can relax and look forward to your session.

Elevate Your Mind!

DuringElevate the last few weeks I’ve been enjoying the Elevate app – available for iPhone / iPad and Android. It’s a brain training program with a daily workout that just takes a few minutes to complete.

Elevate say, “Elevate is a brain training program designed to improve focus, speaking skills, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more. Each person is provided with his or her own personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results.”

Research increasingly tells us that taking a break after 90 minutes of focus is the most effective way to operate (read this article for a nice overview), and Elevate is a really fun way of not just encouraging you to take the break, but to do something positive and refreshing in it.

Have a go and tell me what you think!

It’s not every day you get to work with a Yogi representing Great Britain in competition!

Screenshot (14)Back in April, I jumped at the chance of working with Laura McDonald to help her prepare for her upcoming World Yoga Sport Championship. Having already competed in the national event, Laura had been selected to represent Great Britain on the world stage.

I already knew Laura, as she’s one of the very best teachers at Bikram Yoga Bristol (where I regularly get put through my sweaty paces!). And I was delighted when she showed an interest in my hypnotherapy skills with regards to her international competition.

We worked together for 5 sessions, using a range of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy techniques, and you can read what she thought of our sessions here now, and watch the video of her amazing 3 minute yoga sequence. (Make sure you keep watching for Laura’s surprise afterwards!)

“I am so glad that I was able to experience Hypnotherapy with Sarah. The sessions proved invaluable to me when preparing to take part in a world yoga competition, representing my country. In previous competitions I had been so nervous that I hadn’t really enjoyed the experience as much as I would have liked to.

Sarah helped me to understand the way that my brain works, so that when I did get nervous I could rationalise it so it was not such a big deal. On the day of the competition I actually felt pretty relaxed and excited. I had decided to replace that awful feeling of nervousness with one of excitement at having such a wonderful opportunity. When on stage I did have a moment where I started to wobble, but falling out of my posture was not an option for me anymore and I was able to regain control. What felt huge on stage looked like the tiniest quiver when I watched it later on video.

Not only did Sarah help me with my competition, she also helped me with other aspects of my life. I hugely looked forwards to our sessions as I knew at I would walk out feeling vibrantly happy. Long after the competition I still listen to the CD recording that Sarah gave me as it helps me to relax and sleep peacefully. Thank you Sarah, I would recommend these sessions to anyone!”   

What a privilege it was to work with such a dedicated, hardworking and motivated individual. Now, who’s next?!

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you gain focus and control in whichever sport or activity you do. When we are trying to achieve our best physcially, it makes sense to be in our best possible state mentally – strong and in control, not riddled with nerves or distracted by stress. Free initial consultations are available to see how hypnotherapy can best help you improve your performance and enjoyment of both your training and competition. Contact me now to find out more.