Self-hypnosis- how to use it.

Self-hypnosis – how to use it.


I teach self-hypnosis to all of my clients because there is a great benefit to using them. When you think of self-hypnosis you might think of sitting down in a quiet space for a period of time and using relaxation techniques, however not all self-hypnosis is like this. Self-hypnosis can be used at any time of the day through any experience. For example, breathing techniques can be used to calm the body. 

Self-hypnosis not only allows you to feel relaxed in times of stress or panic, but it can divert the brains attention to a different focus so the worrying thoughts are pushed away.

If you would like to try it yourself then set yourself up somewhere comfortable and quiet, where your less likely to be interrupted. The more you can repeat this process the more likely it is to work for you in everyday life. 

  1. Breathing 

Take a long, slow deep breath in through the nose and as you do, fill the belly up with air. Then release the air out through the mouth, again long and slow. Breathing activates the part of the nervous system which helps the body with relaxation. 

2. Special place

This has to be my favourite of all self-hypnosis techniques. Imagine yourself in a place which is special for you. A place where you can see yourself relaxed and comfortable. Maybe a place with lovely memories for you or a magical place you create with your imagination. When you are in this special place, engage all of your senses. Notice any relaxing sounds, see the colours or landscapes around you and notice any familiar smells. 

3. Affirmations

Affirmations work fantastically well and allow you to create new beliefs about yourself and put them into the subconscious. You may want to chose one for yourself related to a goal you are focusing on, such as ‘I will eat healthily today’ or to hep calm yourself ‘I am fully relaxed and calm’. 

Self-hypnosis may be able to help with:

  • Lessening pain and stress during childbirth
  • Promoting relaxation and better sleep quality 
  • Enhancing memory
  • Overcoming anxiety and stress
  • Building confidence and improving self esteem

You can listen to calming sounds at the same time as practising self-hypnosis. It is a skill that takes practise so it is important to be patient!

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Weight loss Top Tips!

Weight loss Top Tips!


As a hypnotherapist I work with people on a regular basis with weight loss, whether that is privately or in groups. During this time I have learnt about those things that work and those that do not. 

When people come to me for hypnotherapy I advise them against the popular diets that can be accessed in society because these diets are very restricting and can often only be maintained in the short term. When working with weight loss using hypnotherapy, the goal is to change the mindset so that you chose to eat a healthy diet subconsciously for the rest of your life!

So what are those strategies which I have learnt along the way and have been successful for a number of my clients?

1. Alternative changes

For one week, write a food diary of everything you put into your body (try not to lie to yourself) and after that week look a 3 changes you could make. These should not be huge changes but subtle ones. For example, if you are a big tea or coffee drinker and have milk and sugar, cut the number of cups down which you drink in a day. If you are somebody who has carbs for every meal, only eat carbs for 2 meals in the day. These must be changes which are realistic for you and achievable. 

2. Hunger Scale

This is one of my favourite strategies and one that works really well. Are you somebody who never feels hunger because you are always snacking between meals? Next time you go to grab a snack, visualise (or have a physical scale in front of you). The scale should have the numbers one to ten on them and if you hunger is 9 or below, you don’t eat. You wait for your next meal so that you feel hunger and you can enjoy that next meal. 

3. Water

I’m afraid it has to be in there. Drinking more water has many benefits and if you don’t like the taste of water then you could put a piece of lemon or lime in there to give it a little flavour. 

4. Positivity

Positive thinking is a must when trying to lose weight! If you have a bad day where you eat some chocolate or a bag of crisps, don’t beat yourself up, wake up the next day with a new attitude. Tell yourself that you can and will achieve your weight loss goal. 

Remember, healthy weight loss will not happen over night, (two pound a week loss is ideal) it is a journey, so be prepared to walk the path of that journey. Give yourself achievable goals, not unrealistic ones. For example, your first goal could be a loss of 1 stone and once this has been lost you can create a new goal. 

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How investing in hypnotherapy sessions can improve your overall health and well being.

How investing in hypnotherapy sessions can improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Written by ALISON RALPH                                            Date: 04.10.21               


Hypnotherapy can be an extremely affective treatment for improving your overall health and well being however, it is not widely known or understood. Many people immediately think about stage hypnosis or hypnosis they may have seen on TV. 

My name is Alison Ralph and I am a hypnotherapist based in Macclesfield, Cheshire. I work with clients in my Macclesfield hypnotherapy practice; helping to improve their health and well being using a holistic approach to give them the best possible outcome. 

In this blog post I will give you a clearer understanding of what hypnotherapy is and how it can help to improve your overall health and well being. All of this will be explained in these steps:

  • The history of hypnosis; showing that it is not a new idea for improving health and well being
  • I will break down the word and explain the two parts 
  • Explain what hypnotherapy is often used for and the people I see in my practice 
  • Explain who can and cannot use hypnotherapy 
  • The reasons why you should use it if you are having doubts

The history of hypnosis

So where did it all begin? 

People often think that hypnotherapy for improving health and well being is a new thing however, I am going to tell you today that it’s not!

We cannot of course be 100% sure of where it begin but evidence suggests that it was used by ancient cultures in Greece and Egypt. They used a form of it in their healing ceremonies and even built ‘sleep temples’ to perform the practice. 

In the 1700’s it was developed and researching by Franz Anton Mesmer and it was called mesmerism. Many people received treatment from him. 

Since this time it has been developed and used for many other reasons and has become more recognised as a treatment from the NHS and other medical institutions. 

In the early days, a pocket watch was used to help induce hypnosis so that the client could focus on something. They were then brought into movies to help people learnt about hypnosis. and have become the object that people think of when hypnotherapy is mentioned. However, hypnosis is induced through the voice mostly in todays practice. 

If you would like to know more, I really like this info graphic as it explains hypnosis through time 

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An old clock showing the history of hypnosis

A closer look at Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be broken into two works – ‘Hypno’ and ‘Therapy’.

Let’s deal with the word ‘Therapy’ first. People come to hypnotherapy because they want to improve their health and well being. For example, they might want help overcoming anxiety or for pain management. The hypnotherapist will therefore allow the client time to talk about their problem and will guide the client to talk about how it is affecting them in day to day life, the first time they experienced their problem and triggers for their problem. This is completed in a private and highly confidential manner. The therapist and client then work together to devise a for sessions. Within the sessions, the aim is to allow the client to achieve goals and overcome obstacles with a change of mindset. 

That leads us to the second word -‘Hypnosis’. Hypnosis is simply, a deep relaxed state of body and mind. You will be guided into relaxation using different techniques, including the calm voice of the therapist. I have had clients explain the feeling as ‘a massage but without the physical touch’. Once you are in the deep level of hypnosis, the subconscious mind is receptive to change and the therapist can talk about the goals and changes you want. 

Hypnotherapy is a partnership between the therapist and client and by working together, changes can be made!

Client and therapist

How can hypnotherapy improve my health and well being?

Hypnotherapy can be used for many issues within life and each issue that a client presents with is often affecting their health and well being. 

I often work with clients who would like to stop smoking. Hypnotherapy is a powerful treatment for this because smoking is a subconscious activity (a habit) which is often deeply engrained from a child. Hypnotherapy to stop smoking can help to change the mindset towards smoking and give a person the motivation and courage to stop.

I also work with people to help manage their anxiety or stress. Hypnotherapy is helpful for this because as well as teaching them strategies to overcome the feelings anxiety or stress gives, I help to change the through processes in the subconscious mind. This allows them to think more positive and kind to themselves. 

People often come to me because they would like to lose weight. Hypnotherapy can help with weight management because again, the mindset can be changed around foods they eat and the amount of foods they eat. We can also look at behaviour patterns that have been instilled since childhood and visit these in the subconscious mind allowing the client to make the changes at a deeper level. 

Hypnotherapy can also be used for increasing confidence, overcoming phobias, insomnia, transitioning through the menopause and more.

As you can see, all of these issues will be affecting a person’s health and well being in some way and if they can be improved using hypnosis the person can live a happier quality of life. 

Can everyone be hypnotised?

When I talk to people during an initial phone consultation they are often worried that they cannot be hypnotised because they struggle to relax in daily life or even to fall asleep at night. However, it is thought that 99.9% of people can be hypnotised. When we daydream  in our daily lives we are in a hypnotic state and therefore it is not a difficult state to be guided into my a professional. 

It is important to say though that those who cannot be hypnotised are those who maybe don’t believe in the process and have come along because a friend or family member have persuaded them to or they may be putting a barrier up for some reason. If this is the case, it can be worked through by talking to the hypnotherapist. 

It is thought that hypnotherapy could be harmful to those who have psychosis or other personality disorders due to the fact that we enter the mind during the treatment. I would recommend that you seek out a hypnotherapist who is highly trained in this area. 

The reasons why you should try hypnotherapy is you are having doubts .

I would recommend hypnotherapy to anyone who is trying to make improvements to their health and well being and I know that many of my clients past and present would too. 

Here are my top 5 reasons to try hypnotherapy: 

  1. It is a relaxing process and allows you to take time out from your busy daily life.
  2. It teaches you strategies for your issue which you can use and put into your ‘health and wellbeing toolbox’
  3. It allows that time to talk in an environment which is non-judgement and understanding. This can also help you to feel better and more relaxed. 
  4. It can help you to overcome many different problems, improving your health and well being
  5. It can access your subconscious thinking and so can be quicker than other forms of therapy

I hope that this blog has helped you to gain a better understanding of how hypnotherapy can help you to improve your health and well being. My aim was to help you recognise that hypnotherapy is not a new treatment but has been working for people for many years like other forms of therapy and to also help you gain a clearer understanding of how hypnotherapy could help you to improve your health and well being. 

If you would like to book a free phone consultation or would like any more information about coming for hypnotherapy sessions please get in touch by using the contact details below. 

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Face-to-face Vs online sessions

Face-to-Face Vs Online sessions


Back in March I went from having a busy private practice to no clients at all, almost over night. I was forced to make the decision to go online (luckily I’m not afraid of technology). I was however afraid of the effectiveness of the sessions and whether I could guide somebody into hypnosis in the same way.

I suppose part of this decision is down to the individual person and their perspective of therapy, however I have personally found that sessions are just as affective.

The first sessions I conducted were great and the clients experienced great mindset changes and this speared me on to keep going. Some people seem more able to be hypnotised in the security and comfort of their own surroundings. I’ve now helped so many people over the computer and I’ve decided to keep going with this into the future. 

All you need is a comfortable and quiet environment and your laptop or tablet! 

I use a website called Whereby. You can find it here: The room is private and confidential and we can see each other via video. I sometimes give handouts to my face-to-face clients and these are sent to you via email. 

People who prefer face-to-face sessions comment that they like the fact they are going somewhere for that time-out they need. The environment is calm and comfortable, with candles lit and warmth. 

If you are reluctant to go for online sessions but it would be easier for you, call me for a free chat. If you begin sessions but feel that online is not for you, you can always change to face-to-face or stop sessions completely. If you go ahead, it may just be the change that you need!

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