When my brother said he’d like world peace for Christmas, I instantly replied, “I’m working on it… one treatment at a time.” I was only half-joking! You’d be surprised how much peaceful positive feeling can be generated by good massage. And you might also be surprised how much hypnotherapy can help change old patterns of anger, rage and frustration.
Anger is one of the three default emotional states we naturally go into when we encounter stress. When we encounter stress, we naturally either feel anxious, angry or depressed, or some combination of all three. But how often we go into these states, and how long we stay there, is more under our control than you might imagine.
Taking the time to deeply relax on the massage / hypnotherapy couch enables us to switch from our sympathetic nervous system’s stress response of “fight, flight or freeze” into our parasympathetic nervous system’s relaxation response “rest, digest and heal” . This naturally takes us out of the emotional states of anxiety, anger and depression and into a more peaceful positive state of mind.
From this more positive state of mind, anything is possible… even World Peace!
If you think you know someone who might benefit, please share this post with them.
The weekend of 31st October – 1st November is approaching and I’m excited about it because I’ll be meeting a new group of people. People from all kinds of backgrounds, with all manner of idiosyncracies, points of view and passions. But these people will have at least one thing in common – they all want to learn about massage.
We’ll spend two days exploring touch and exploring the responses. We’ll spend time massaging ourselves – self massage is a great skill in itself – and we’ll spend time massaging each other. Along the way we’ll discuss what massage is all about, look at things that support us when we’re massaging, such as moving well, minimising effort, avoiding strain, being mindful.
We’ll look at massage in a chair or on the floor, as well as using massage couches. And we’ll learn about being safe, being creative, and being effective. We’re sure to have a laugh or three along the way. Oh, and there will be biscuits! Definitely biscuits.
I’m looking forward to feeling satisfied and inspired on Sunday evening. Satisfied and inspired by the way this new group of people interacted, shared and respected each other. The way they created a safe space for exploration, learning and building their confidence. When the groups leaves feeling excited about massaging their friends, family, and partners I’ll know my work is done!
I look forward to meeting you there.
As many of you know, I run regular monthly supervision groups for massage practitioners. It’s a safe space to share, ask, practice and celebrate. Essential professional support and development for the motivated therapist.
The groups are based either in Clifton or on Gloucester Road, and the dates and times are thus:
Group 1 Monday morning, Clifton:
Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 16, Dec 14.
Group 2 Friday morning, Gloucester Road:
Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18.
Group 3 Friday afternoon, Clifton:
Sept 11, Oct 30, Nov 20, Dec 18.
£25 per session, with a 10% discount available for paying for all 4 upfront.
If you are interested in joining a group, please get in touch asap for more information. Places are limited.
It was so exciting to be invited to Bristol’s award winning ShoutOut Radio this week. You can hear the interview here, where I talk about life since I quit my regular 9-5 job and moved into the worlds of massage and hypnotherapy. You can listen to the whole hour long show, or press play and move the pink dial to about “twenty five past” to catch my ten minute chat. Please tell me what you think of it
What can you expect when you’re on a course with me? Let’s ask a current massage student…
“Sarah is an inspirational teacher. I’ve never known learning to be so easy. I think it’s because she’s always showing me what I can become myself – relaxed, open, confident, vulnerable, loving, direct and funny. Very funny. I love the laughs.”
Bec Monks, thank you so much. It’s an absolute pleasure laughing with you!
For more easy learning, check out my Happiness Course starting May 12th, or sign up for my next Introductory Workshop in Holistic Massage on 30th May – 1st June.
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!
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.
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.
Do contact me if you’d like to turn things around for yourself. I look forward to hearing from you!
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?
A 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.