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How Hypnotherapy works for Riders.
How great would it feel to tack your horse up ready to ride, without those nagging feelings of anxiety, tension or fear?
How good would life be if every time you rode, you felt relaxed, confident, calm, happy and at peace with your horse?
This can be your reality by using Self-Hypnosis as your support system. Learn to become a more confident, relaxed rider by using the power of your own mind because the power of your own mind holds the key to reaching your goals; change how your sub-conscious mind thinks using Hypnotherapy and you can change how you feel, think and react in any given situation...
People come to horse riding from all walks of life, sometimes it‘s the realisation of a childhood dream, sometimes the re-kindling of a long lost hobby, or the interest arrives by accident, often through cross contamination... "if you can't beat them, you might as well join them", but we all have different stories to tell about our fears and anxieties and how they have affected our lives as horse riders.
The fascination we have with the horses is so embedded and entrenched in our psyche as human beings, that often it is hard to explain to someone who has never been bitten by this bug, why those of us who have, are prepared to put ourselves through so much anguish, financial hardship, anxiety, fear and often discomfort to achieve our goals.
Giving up riding altogether when things seem hopeless is often not a perceived option. In an attempt to hang on to a way of life that we feel lovingly entrapped in, we will continue to keep our treasured four-legged friends as companions or pets, acknowledging inwardly that we feel frustrated with ourselves and helpless to make changes, but not knowing where to turn to so that we can begin to try to make those changes.
Each day we hope that for some reason, something has changed, we live in the hope that just one day, the feelings of fear, and dread that prevents us from riding with confidence, will some how disappear from our minds and bodies whilst we sleep through the night.
We imagine the change could happen because the sun is shining on us, the wind has died down, the road works have finished, the litter has all been collected, that blooming dog is indoors; the jumps are more inviting; the poles are more solid; the cross-country ditches are shallower, the ground is good, or the fences not so high; the dressage judge will miss that spook, you will remember to breathe, the horse strikes off on the right leg, or better still, the horse has read the dressage test beforehand!
How long does Hypnotherapy take to work?
Everyone responds to Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis differently, just as people do with any form of therapeutic intervention. Some will notice an instant change and for others it may take longer, but even when it feels that nothing at all has actually happened, you’ll be surprised at just how much has changed, but this is only noticed in retrospect, when you look back at how you were before you started using Self-Hypnosis. Just give it time and don’t try too hard to make it happen. You will find that the more often you use self-hypnosis, the easier it will be to achieve a very relaxed state of hypnosis, and the deeper the hypnotic trance state will become.
How and why does Hypnosis produce results?
Since hypnosis accesses the creative, unconscious part of the mind, where there is no challenge or resistance to new ideas and concepts, the mind becomes receptive and responsive in such a way that it can absorb new ideas and concepts quickly and easily. Therefore the treatment can be much more effective and produces longer lasting results than with many other complimentary or alternative forms of therapy. For riders experiencing feelings of fear, tension and anxiety, this accessing of the unconscious mind can change the "worst-case" scenarios that play in the mind and help to dampen down and stop those "what if..."movies!
When Hypnotherapy is used for improving health (such as combating nervous tension) the process can actually affect the way the body functions. By focusing on certain biological and physiological aspects of the body, whilst in a state of hypnosis, it is possible to cause blood to flow better, veins to dilate, heart rate to reduce, and white blood cells counts to increase, thus improving the immune system.
By simply listening to one of our Self-Hypnosis recordings, you will become progressively more and more relaxed until you enter a deep, relaxed, hypnotic trance state. All the tension and stress is eliminated from the body and as the body relaxes so does the mind. The deep relaxation process will distract the conscious part of your mind, and while this happens, positive suggestions are given directly to the unconscious part of the mind.
Once the unconscious mind is open, it is much more receptive to the information it needs to change the unwanted experience or behaviour you want to stop or change. When you're in a deep, relaxed, state of hypnosis, you will be given 'post-hypnotic anchors', which you can use when in a conscious wakeful state to help activate the changes, such as feeling more self-confident, relaxed and determined when you are out riding. These are small tricks you can use to fix the mind back to that tranquil, relaxed, fear-free state you were in during Hypnosis.
How often should I listen?
Self-Hypnosis should be practiced daily for the first 7 days, thereafter, use it until your goal is achieved or when you feel you need to re-affirm the goal you have already achieved. You cannot use self-hypnosis too much! Riding horses is unpredictable, so it an be useful to "top-up" from time to time.
You will find all our Hypnotherapy sessions easy to listen to, with no gimmicks or subliminal messages. The voice you will hear is that of a female with an English accent.
When should I listen to my Hypnosis session?
You can listen to your Self-Hypnosis session anytime you like, but NOT when riding, driving or operating any machinery or carrying out any activity that requires concentration. You should also make sure that you won't be unnecessarily disturbed when you listen to your Self-Hypnosis session. It is important that you allow yourself 40 - 45 minutes in a safe place with peace and quiet.
Will I be in control at all times?
Yes, most certainly, the trance state of Hypnosis can be broken at any time, you will still be able to hear everything, respond to others and be fully conscious to attend to anything that you need to.
What if I fall asleep?
If you hear the count-up at the end of the recording, then you were not asleep, although it may have felt as though you were. Your subconscious mind will have absorbed what it needs to. On the other hand, if you were unaware of the end of the recording, then it maybe that you entered into a deep state of sleep. If this the situation, you will have absorbed the information up to the point of sleeping, but not afterwards, so try listening in future in a more upright position, in a well lit room, when you are less tired. It's fallacy that we can absorb information whilst asleep, so make sure you don't fall asleep next time!
What if I want to buy different Hypnotherapy sessions?
All our sessions can be combined with each other, but if you are using more than one, leave at least an hour between them, so that your mind has time to absorb and assimilate the information. Ideally though, it would be better to resolve one issue before attending to another, as the mind can be overloaded with information and this could reduce the effectiveness.
Are there any people that should not use Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis?
If you suffer from schizophrenia, paranoia, psychopathy or any psychosis or are violent, then Hypnotherapy cannot help you. If you suffer from persistent or chronic symptoms such as high or low blood pressure, that is not being treated, please consult your doctor or practitioner for advice as Hypnotherapy can lower blood pressure.
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