Hypno-Gastric Band

Hypno-Gastric Band


I am excited to announce that I am now qualified to deliver the Hypno-Gastric Band in Macclesfield, Cheshire. 

This is a fantastic hypnotic treatment for those who want to lose weight. 

So how does it work?

Have a watch of this short video of me explaining a little more about the treatment. 

Hypno Gastric Band

As mentioned in the video, I will be offering an introductory price so that I can practise my skills and some of you can benefit from a discounted price! 

So if you want to find out how powerful the mind can be in terms of weight loss, this may just be the treatment for you!


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Let’s talk face mask anxiety

Let's talk face mask anxiety


Today the government have enforced a policy where we must all wear face masks when we enter a supermarket. If we don’t we could be fined up to £100.

For some this is a mere inconvenience, but for others, this can be the cause of anxious feelings and in some cases, even panic attacks.

So what can you do to help yourself?

Get to know the facts.

When we increase our knowledge about something, less anxiety can be created because we are not using our imagination to fill in the gaps. Look at the facts about why we should be wearing them and how they can protect us and others.

Getting to know about your feelings is also important. Make a note of how you are feeling and if in a particular situation those feelings were worse or lessened. Plan your next action according to these feelings.


What is really important to know if that the more you do go out with your mask on, the easier it should get. You could begin by having a walk around your house wearing the mask and then move outside into your garden. Pushing yourself to go further each time.


I often talk about how breathing techniques can help and this is no different in face mask anxiety. Focus in on your breathing, taking an inward breath through the nose and then out of the mouth. This tricks the brain into thinking you are in a relaxed state and so the brain will respond with feelings of relaxation. 

You could use an affirmation at the same time. ‘I breath in relaxation on the inward breath and I am calm on the outward breath. 

Talk it through with someone.

You may decide to talk to  a loved one about how you are feeling or a professional therapist. Voicing how you feel can help to change your mindset and allow you to feel more relaxed about the situation. 

Hypnotherapy can be a helpful tool because it works with changing the mindset, using the subconscious. You may just need one or two sessions to help you feel more in control with your anxiety. 

The norm. 

Like everything new, wearing a mask out in public will be strange at first. However, the good news is, the more that you wear it as allow it to become a part of your daily outfit, the more you will become used to it. 

If you are struggling with your child wearing a mask (11 years and older), offer them an incentive. For example, more screen time to encourage them to get used to the idea as well. 

Always remember that if you tune into your anxiety and the ways you are feeling, it is easier to take steps to improve those feelings. At these unusual times it’s best to look out for yourself and takes things at your own pace. 


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How to lose weight with hypnosis

How to lose weight with hypnosis


In my Cheshire hypnotherapy clinic and online, I work with people to help them lose weight. Hypnotherapy is a natural way to lose weight and doesn’t encourage you to restrict foods in the way that diets do, it works on changing your mindset.

When a person over eats there is normally an underlying reason, for example, they may eat due to boredom, stress or emotional reasons. In hypnotherapy sessions we identify your reasons and using the subconscious mind we change these behaviour patterns so you have a different response to these feelings. 

When under hypnosis I teach you techniques to help you along the way and you are also given activities to complete to keep you motivated and on track. 

Self-hypnosis is also taught so you can practice on a regular basis, allowing the messages to imprint in your subconscious mind. 

So why work with the subconscious mind?

The subconscious mind is where all our past behaviours and patterns are stored. This is the part of us in charge of keeping us alive and safe. These behaviours can go all the way back to childhood and using hypnosis we can investigate these. 

What could you be doing now to kick start this process? 

You could identify your danger points. When do you eat the most? Where are you at the time? How are you feeling? Some of these patterns you could begin to change yourself. For example, if you eat in the car on the way home from work, replace your sugary or fatty foods with a tub of grapes or don’t have food in the car at all. 


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Stop Smoking help

Stop smoking help from Macclesfield hypnotherapist; Alison Ralph

Written by ALISON RALPH                            Updated 29 August 2021

In my Macclesfield hypnotherapy practice I help people to stop smoking. The habit of smoking is deep rooted in the subconscious mind and often shaped during childhood, therefore hypnotherapy for smoking can be a very affective treatment. 

When working with clients I find that offering conscious strategies to stop smoking is helpful in collaboration with the work under hypnosis.

This blog aims to share some of the tried and tested strategies so you can give them a go at home. This blog will also explain in brief the reasons why people find it extremely difficult to stop smoking and how this can be overcome using your conscious thinking. 

Why am I finding it difficult to stop smoking?

Most people who come to see me for hypnotherapy to stop smoking have tried and tested many different stop smoking medicines but have found that these have been unsuccessful. It is often not until you learn how the chemicals in a cigarette take over your mind that you start to fight against them. 

The chemicals which are realised in the body when you smoke send a message to the subconscious mind (your survival mechanism) to say ‘this is really important for life’. When these chemicals leave the body the subconscious kicks into survival mode and asks for them again (hence the craving). All you need to do is break this cycle by giving this message to the brain less and less, and eventually it will stop asking for the chemical. 

It is important that you realise that stopping smoking is extremely difficult and it is NOT your fault that you are unable to do so. 

Here are my top 5 self-help techniques to stop smoking:

A person wanting to stop smoking for good


  • If you take one thing away from reading this post today let it be that a craving only lasts for 3 minutes! The time it takes the brain to send that message that you need the rush of feel good hormones takes only 3 minutes. So what could you do in 3 minutes? Some squats or arm reps if your into exercise, read a page or two from your favourite book or magazine, play with your dog. The list is endless!


  • Smoking is often part of your routine, especially if you have been doing it for years! So something as simple as changing your routine can help to lessen them cravings. For example, if you wake in the morning and have a coffee with a cigarette before anything else, then get up and get dressed first, change your coffee for milk or juice. If you have a cigarette on your break at work then replace that with a walk or a chat in the staffroom. 


  • Smoke with the other hand – it sounds bonkers I know, but it requires the brain to think differently and may trigger a thought process which says this is awkward or I don’t enjoy this. 

Fiddle toy

  • If you are somebody who needs something in your hand then it may be a good idea to invest in a fidget toy. You can find lots of adult fidget toys online. I found this selection on Etsy. Adult Fidget Toys | Etsy


  • If you would like to get into the root of the cause because nothing else is working then have a think about the reasons why you smoke. For example, are you a stress smoker? If this is you, think of a new behaviour when you are stressed. For example, you could use a breathing technique or in the evening do some yoga. If you smoke because you are bored then you could find something alternative to do; gardening, reading or a hobby out of the house. There are various other reasons why people smoke and these can include, past trauma, relaxation and socially. 

This article has given you ideas to try in the conscious mind to allow you to stop smoking. It is important that you find the one that suits you, your lifestyle and your personality in order to get the best outcome. 

If you have read this article I hope that you have found a strategy that interests you or that you would like to try to help you stop smoking. Each self- help technique above has been tried and tested by my hypnotherapy to stop smoking clients and have been a success.

If you find that something works for you or you have a different strategy not mentioned in this blog post please leave a comment. It is always good to learn from each other. 

Alison x

Hypnotherapy to stop smoking

All the above self-help techniques are for use in the conscious mind. Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind and therefore is a deeper message. 

If you are interested in hypnotherapy to stop smoking then please get in touch. 

Self care ideas

Coming out of lockdown anxiety

Do you have anxiety about coming out of lockdown?


You may be wondering why you have all the similar feelings about coming out of lockdown as you did when it all started. 

Don’t worry, this is completely normal! What became your new normal is about to change again and so the subconscious is taking you back into that survival mode. You have so many questions about various things you might face in the world outside of your bubble. You may also be creating your own scenarios in your mind – the imagination is your best friend but can also be your enemy!  

So what can you do to help yourself?

  1. Write down each worry and deal with them separately. For example, if you are worried about going back to work, get to know what they are doing there to minimise risk to yourself and anyone else or talk to them about support. If you are worried about facing the supermarket then chose a quieter time and day to go. 
  2. What worries can you and can’t you control? Write a list of the worries you can control and those you cannot. Try to focus on the ones you can do something about and push the others to the back of your mind.
  3. Calming breaths– I think that calming breaths work for everything! Sit somewhere quietly and really focus in on your breathing. How your chest feels as it rises and falls and really allowing your body to relax. 
  4. Pick out the positives – focus on the positive elements of the lockdown easing and again, try to put any negatives to the back of your mind.
  5. Remember! You coped with change before. When the lockdown began there was a lot of change to daily routine and for many people a sense of pain and anxiety. Remember, you overcame and you can use the positives from this to cope with the new change. 
  6. Don’t be hard on yourself! It is important to remember that we are going through a world pandemic and therefore you need to look after yourself. Take time out for you and practise good self care.

If you feel that you could benefit from hypnotherapy to help with any anxiety then please contact me by calling: 07719032346 or email: