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THE EMOTIONAL JOURNEY-CRYSTAL SINGING BOWL SOUND HEALING MEDITATION MELBOURNE
by Joe B on Mon, February 05, 2018at 02:09 am

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne presents Joe Busuttil and The EMOTIONAL JOURNEY CRYSTAL SINGING BOWL SOUND HEALING

Sound Healing is a form of Vibrational Medicine and is based on the scientific principles that all matter, and most importantly, the cells in your body, vibrate to a precise frequency when healthy and to a dissonant frequency when in dis-ease. Resonant vibration, rhythms and tones can balance brain hemispheres, stress levels, and even tension in body tissues and cells that have fallen into dis-ease or dis-harmony. The use of tuned, deep-vibration instruments such as crystal bowls during healing and meditation can balance these dissonant frequencies and bring them back into harmony. Music and chanting have been used for thousands of years to heal and energize the body, mind and emotions. A sense of well-being and an increase in energy and pain relief are often the result of crystal bowl sessions. Deep levels of healing and transformation are also commonly reported after sound healing sessions.

The pure vibration they emit is a vibration that is felt or “heard” by the client at each chakra level and brings the client back out of their ill, dis-eased, or dis-harmonious system and brings them back into the human resonance that is held when someone holds their life purpose vibration.
In this session we connect with EMOTION and work through – Feeling Apathetic, Grief, Fear, Lust, Anger, Pride, Courage, Acceptance and Peace. Allowing for an Allowing and Openess. Moving to FREDOM.

Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-emotional-journey-crystal-singing-bowl-sound-healing-tickets-42854453825

Ice psychosis: what is it, and why do only some users get it?
by Joe B on Tue, January 23, 2018at 23:56 pm

We found this article on ICE Psychosis interesting at Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne. We want to share it with you.

The Conversation: Ice psychosis: what is it, and why do only some users get it?

Ice psychosis: what is it, and why do only some users get it?

The Conversation, 23 January 2017Shalini Arunogiri

There is growing concern about crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia and internationally, in part because of the psychological effects of the drug. Although most people who use ice do not experience psychological problems, about one in three people who use it regularly report experiencing psychosis in their lifetime.

Research also suggests that up to 30% of people who experience ice psychosis go on to develop a long-term psychotic illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Our new study aimed to find out why some ice users are more likely to experience psychosis than others.

So what is ice psychosis?
Psychosis refers to a range of mental health symptoms, including suspiciousness and paranoia, hallucinations, and unusual or agitated behaviour. Individuals often lose touch with reality, and may not have an understanding of what is happening to them. This can be very distressing for the individual and for their family and friends, and may result in the person having to go to hospital.

Psychosis can occur as part of many different mental health disorders, or be triggered by a range of drugs. Amphetamine-type stimulant drugs, such as ice, are particularly known to potentially trigger psychosis. In the 1970s, amphetamines administered in experimental situations were shown to cause psychotic symptoms in healthy people who had never used the drug before.

In Australia, ice is the drug that most commonly results in ambulance attendances for psychosis symptoms. And hospital admissions for ice psychosis have increased steeply in the past ten years.

These patterns of increasing harms have paralleled the increase in the purity of ice and increasing dependence.

Ice is responsible for more psychosis ambulance call-outs than any other drug. Julian Smith/AAP

What did the study find?
We know the majority of people who use ice don’t experience psychosis. So we looked at 20 existing studies examining more than 5,000 regular ice users to try to find out what factors made someone more at risk of psychosis.

We found the frequency and amount of methamphetamine use, and the severity of dependence, were the factors most commonly associated with the risk of psychosis. Unfortunately, the design of the studies, and the different ways in which they measured the frequency and amount of methamphetamine use, mean we can’t estimate exactly how much an increase in use will result in an increase in risk.

Other risk factors included a family history of a psychotic disorder, and current use of other drugs, including cannabis and alcohol. While one study found a link between a history of traumatic experiences in childhood and the experience of ice psychosis, more research needs to be done.

Just as important were factors that were not associated with ice psychosis – for example, age, gender, income or employment status. Interestingly, the way in which people used methamphetamine – by smoking versus injecting, for instance – did not appear to affect the likelihood of psychosis.

Better treatment would make the difference
It’s important to remember almost all of the research on this topic has been cross-sectional. This means measurements of psychotic symptoms and measurements of risk factors have occurred at the same time – so we don’t know which causes the other, only that they’re related.

The best way to study risk factors for ice psychosis would be to follow people from before they start using the drug, to when they develop the problem. But this sort of study is very difficult to conduct when it comes to drug use. Differences in the way researchers measure psychosis, or measure methamphetamine use, also affect how we understand the relationship between the two.

Taken together, the main finding of our study was that people who used the drug more often and were more dependent on it were more likely to experience psychosis. While this might appear obvious, it does help healthcare workers and treatment services identify people who might be at greatest risk.
Similarly, for people who aren’t ready to stop using the drug, changing the frequency or pattern of their use might help them avoid developing psychosis.

More broadly, the key message from our research is better treatment of ice use would translate to a reduction in harms from the drug. The challenge remains making sure effective treatment is available when people are ready and willing to access it.

If you have a problem with ICE and want too seek help you can contact us at Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne on 0412277488 or contact Directline on 1800 888 236

Boost Self Worth with Hypnotherapy
by Joe B on Wed, January 17, 2018at 00:03 am

At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we assist clients to boost Self Worth with hypnotherapy.

We all have times when we feel a bit down. A bit unsure. A tad insecure. But have you noticed that the happiest people tend to be the most confident in themselves? They seem driven by a strong force, a strong sense of self-worth. While optimism and a self-love come naturally to some, the rest of us can still learn how to build a belief in ourselves. Here’s how hypnotherapy can help …

Look Within for Your Worth

More money, more cars, a bigger house, more stuff – none of it will build your self-worth. In fact, chances are that once you get those things, you’ll feel an even bigger sense of lack and look for more, more, more.

So for true self-worth – that lasts even when you have nothing – you need to go within. Only you can build your self-esteem and value to the world. And when you demonstrate self-love, others will see the love and light in you too. Hypnotherapy can help with this.

Note Your Accomplishments

What did you do today that made you or someone else happy? How was today better than yesterday? Did you tackle a tricky task? It doesn’t have to be a grand achievement – in fact, recognising smaller acts that you’re proud of can be more profound.
Keep a journal by your bedside and every evening jot down something you’re proud of. At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we guide clients to do this effectively.

Learn to Say No

When you’re a people pleaser, it can be hard to say no to people. But doing things you don’t want to do is only likely to lead to resentment – of yourself and the person who asked. Instead, practice politely saying no to the things that don’t serve you. It can be very empowering!
Become Skilled in Something

Love painting? Want to learn to play the guitar? Practicing and becoming proficient at something you love to do is incredibly enriching. And as you get better, your sense of self-worth blossoms. At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we help clients to set goals.

Get Out and About

When we’re down, venturing outside can be the last thing we feel like doing. But getting some fresh air, taking a walk or sweating up a storm through exercise is a very powerful way to feel better about yourself. And the endorphins released during exercise combat depression, boosting your mood, lifting your spirits and helping you regain focus.

Joe Busuttil At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling can HELP.

Schema Therapy Workshop
by Joe B on Thu, January 11, 2018at 02:07 am

Scherma Therapy Workshop.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/schema-therapy-workshop-tickets-40958338493

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne presents insights to Schema Therapy workshop with Joe Busuttil.

What is Schema Therapy?

Schema Therapy (or more properly, Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy)is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model. Schema-Focused Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative (“maladaptive”) patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful.

The Schema-Focused model was developed by Dr. Jeff Young, who originally worked closely with Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy. While treating clients at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Young and his colleagues identified a segment of people who had difficulty in benefiting from the standard approach. He discovered that these people typically had long-standing patterns or themes in thinking, feeling and behaving/coping that required a different means of intervention. Dr. Young’s attention turned to ways of helping patients to address and modify these deeper patterns or themes, also known as “schemas” or “life traps.”

The schemas that are targeted in treatment are enduring and self-defeating patterns that typically begin early in life. These patterns consist of negative/dysfunctional thoughts and feelings, have been repeated and elaborated upon, and pose obstacles for accomplishing one’s goals and getting one’s needs met. Some examples of schema beliefs are: “I’m unlovable,” “I’m a failure,” “People don’t care about me,” “I’m not important,” “Something bad is going to happen,” “People will leave me,” “I will never get my needs met,” “I will never be good enough,” and so on.
Although schemas are usually developed early in life (during childhood or adolescence), they can also form later, in adulthood. These schemas are perpetuated behaviorally through the coping styles of schema maintenance, schema avoidance, and schema compensation. The Schema-Focused model of treatment is designed to help the person to break these negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, which are often very tenacious, and to develop healthier alternatives to replace them.

Schema-Focused Therapy consists of three stages. First is the assessment phase, in which schemas are identified during the initial sessions. Questionnaires may be used as well to get a clear picture of the various patterns involved. Next comes the emotional awareness and experiential phase, wherein patients get in touch with these schemas and learn how to spot them when they are operating in their day-to-day life. Thirdly, the behavioral change stage becomes the focus, during which the client is actively involved in replacing negative, habitual thoughts and behaviors with new, healthy cognitive and behavioral options.

This workshop is designed for Hypnotherapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Embrace Your Confidence and Eliminate the Toxic Shame workshop
by Joe B on Tue, January 09, 2018at 23:29 pm

Embrace Your Confidence and Eliminate the Toxic Shame workshop

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne presents –

“Embrace your Confidence and eliminate the toxic Shame“ workshop facilitated by Lawrence Akers and Joe Busuttil.

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/embrace-your-confidence-and-eliminate-the-toxic-shame-workshop-tickets-40958922239

“This workshop developed out of our life-changing experience in discovering and exploring our own bypassed shame – and our extensive reading of the shame literature. As therapists and facilitators we found that our new ability to identify and explore shame vastly expanded our capacity to help clients to heal their shame and come to peace with themselves. It became clear to us that we needed to pass on what we had discovered. We are extremely gratified by the overwhelmingly positive response this Workshop is receiving.

“Shame is something that gets between a person and their soul – their self-expression, their relationships, their sense of self. Much of the material we bring to this workshop comes from many years working with clients, and coming to understand the all-pervasive shame that permeates their day to day experience. It also comes from our own journey with coming out as gay. We have helped clients who are caught in a horrible dance of shame and blame. We have discovered ways to support people in confronting their shame and growing beyond it to a place of joy, creativity, and life force. It’s important to us to share our deepening understanding of shame – and how to heal it – through this workshop.” Lawrence & Joe
Not everyone is born with an inbuilt sense of self-confidence. Sometimes it can be hard to develop confidence, either because personal experiences have caused you to lose confidence or because you suffer from low self-esteem.

A confident person:
– does what they believe is right, even if it’s unpopular
– is willing to take risks
– admits their mistakes and learns from them
– is able to accept a compliment
-is optimistic.

Shame is both a primary emotion and a freeze state, which has a profound effect on personal development and relationship success. In spite of it’s universality and it’s power, shame is rarely acknowledged in our culture and has been terribly neglected in most psychotherapy and other helping professions. While Shame is often confused with Guilt, shame is primary and exists in the body while guilt is secondary and cognitive, relating to both shame and remorse.

Shame is perhaps the most painful of all emotions. It is at the root of both “the inner critic” and perfectionism. It binds with and hides behind other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that it is often hard to detect. Many people go to great lengths to avoid acknowledging or even feeling shame – and this gets in the way of making progress in treatment.

Shame often fuels and promotes the negative cycle between members of a couple. Where there is blame, there is shame.

Shame can be viewed as developmental trauma. It causes much of the same physical and emotional freezing as trauma does. Not only do we lose tonus and energy, but it becomes hard to think clearly in a shame state. And shame often accompanies trauma, forming a downward spiral that is hard to break.

The difficulty we feel in dealing with shame carries over into the therapy situation. For many clients who don’t get better in therapy, shame – unacknowledged and not worked through – is the primary factor. Both therapists and clients need to be educated about shame – how it develops, what it is and how it works. And therapists need help in developing a working model of how to help their clients identify, work through and heal their shame.

This workshop provides essential, basic knowledge of how to work with shame. We will learn what shame is and how it is created, and how to help our clients recognise shame, work through it and move on.

Together in this workshop we will explore:
– Shame and its many faces
– Where shame comes from
– How shame is experienced and the internalisation process
– The impact on the development of identity
– Restoring the interpersonal bridge
– Build confidence and develop your self esteem

Co presenter Lawrence Akers is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor who specialises in ACT and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. He is the founder of Release Hypnosis and one of the partners of Hypnotherapy HQ. He is also the producer and regular on the podcast OUTthink.

Create Your Vision 2018
by Joe B on Sun, January 07, 2018at 22:51 pm

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling is excited to run a second day of the annual “Create Your Vision workshop”.

The first workshop SOLD OUT.

PLACES ARE LIMITED…..so DON’T miss out.

Creating a VISION might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of what you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best year. Think of crafting your VISION as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’l allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

Your personal 2018 VISION statement guides your life and provides the direction necessary to chart the course of your days and the choices you make about your career and personal life. Your personal vision statement is the light shining in the darkness toward which you turn to find your way. It illuminates your way.

– Identify your vision and give it clarity.
– Reinforce your daily affirmations.
– Keep your attention on your intentions.

When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of old restrictive habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific thought or behaviour for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits.

Know that transformation is always possible and that you can create new brain pathways whenever you’re ready to make the shift. When you keep your mind in the “I can do it!” space, you get a clear sense that you’re done with the old and on a new beam now.
Come join me for an opportunity to create a clear VISION and manifest all that you wish to acquire.

“Joey’s Vision workshop was a wonderfully transformational experience for me – I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year and it is now something I know I will do each year.”
Nat Brown

“Joe provides a space in which you can explore, laugh and gain great insight into where you really need to head over the next year. Thanks for a great day!”
Liesa

“The Vision Workshop was wonderful. Rather than just pasting images on a board and hoping for the best, Joe broke the process down so that it was really meaningful. It allowed me to see how the year ahead will bring me what I want but also how I can achieve it.”
Veronica Beaumont

Quit smoking using Hypnotherapy in 2018
by Joe B on Wed, December 27, 2017at 03:17 am

At the Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling, Melbourne, Joe Busuttil our Hypnotherapy for Smoking Expert can help you Quit. Smoking is considered to be the greatest single cause of premature death in Australia.

We now have an abundance of research and science telling us just how bad smoking is for our health and yet for many, it is an incredibly hard habit to break.

The anatomy of a cigarette
First of all, it is important to understand what is in a cigarette and what effects these substances can have. On the surface, tobacco wrapped in paper may look harmless, but it’s the smoke released when the cigarette is burned that causes the real problem. A whole cocktail of chemicals is added to cigarettes designed to make them taste nicer and get you hooked. Once you understand exactly what it is you are breathing in every time you light up, the choice to quit should be easier.

Nicotine
This is the drug that causes addiction in smokers. Nicotine stimulates the brain so that when you withdraw from it you experience intense cravings, headaches and increased anxiety.

Tar
Tar is the residue that deposits into your system after smoking tobacco. Containing over 4000 chemicals, tar also contains over 50 cancer causing carcinogens, which is why smoking is considered one of the biggest causes of the disease.

Carbon Monoxide
This gas affects the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, meaning your body won’t get the oxygen it needs while you’re smoking. This can lead to shortness of breath, low energy levels and poor circulation.

Smoking related conditions
Smoking increases your risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases including the following:
Smoking increases your risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases including the following:
Lung cancer – more than eight in 10 cases of lung cancer are directly related to smoking.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – again, eight out of 10 cases of this distressing lung disease are caused by smoking.

Heart disease – considered the UK’s biggest killer, around one in six cases is caused by smoking.

Other cancers – including mouth, throat, nose, blood, cervix and pancreatic cancer.

Infertility – smoking affects the fertility of men and women, making it harder to conceive.
Gum disease – on top of staining your teeth, smoking can cause premature tooth loss due to gum disease.

Why stop smoking?
Longer life expectancy
If you quit smoking by the age of 30, you could increase your life expectancy by 10 years – just think what you could do with that extra decade. Even if you are in your 60s when you decide to quit, you can still add three years onto your life. Not only will you have a longer life if you stop smoking, you should also have fewer health problems, making for a happier, more independent later life.

More energy
Carbon monoxide robs your body of oxygen, and without oxygen your body can’t work properly. When you quit smoking you will be lowering the carbon monoxide levels in your body allowing your lungs and muscles to work the way they should. More oxygen to the brain will also help you to feel more alert, energised and awake. You should also find you can sleep better without that nicotine in your system.

Boosted immune system
When you smoke, your immune system is lowered making you more susceptible to colds and flu. When you quit smoking your immune system gets a boost, which means you will pick up less illnesses and generally feel healthier all round.

More money
If you have smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 10 years, you will have spent approximately $15,000 on smoking. Every time a craving hits – think about what you could do with that extra money!

Better breathing
Within nine months of quitting smoking, your lung capacity should increase by as much as 10% helping you to do simple things like climb stairs without gasping for breath. You will also get rid of that smoker’s cough, and any breathing difficulties or conditions you have (such as asthma) should be dramatically reduced.

Reduced stress levels
Many smokers reach for a cigarette when they are feeling stressed and while that immediate hit of nicotine after withdrawal may make you feel relaxed at first, in the long term, smoking only increases stress levels. Studies have shown that ex-smokers are less stressed than they were when they were smoking.

Younger looking skin
Smoking prematurely ages the skin, making it dull, dry and prone to wrinkles. When you stop smoking, this effect is reversed as your skin receives the nutrients it needs. This means that in time, you should find your complexion brightens up and any lines you have may appear reduced.
Better sense of smell and taste
The chemicals in cigarettes dull taste buds and affect the way you smell, making food and drink a bit of a bore. Quitting will bring these senses to life again, helping you taste and smell things at a greater intensity.
Protected loved ones

Passive smoking can be as fatal as smoking a cigarette directly, by not smoking around your friends and family you will be reducing their risk of developing smoking related illnesses.

Quit smoking timeline
Amount of time since your last cigarette: Effects on your body:
20 minutes Your blood pressure and heart rate will return to normal.
12 hours Carbon monoxide levels will drop back to normal.
24 hours Your body will start to clear out the mucus built up in your lungs.
72 hours Breathing will become easier and your energy levels will increase.
1 month The appearance of your skin will start to improve.
3-9 months Your lung function could improve by up to 10%.
1 year Risk of suffering from a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.
10 years Risk of developing lung cancer falls to about half of that of a smoker.
15 years Risk of suffering a heart attack falls to that of a non-smoker.

Hypnotherapy/ NLP /counselling to quit smoking
A big part of quitting smoking is letting go of the smoking routine you once had and viewing cigarettes completely differently. Hypnotherapy and NLP is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment to help do this.

Hypnotherapy, NLP and counselling combined offer the most effective smoking cessation tools around. All of these techniques work together to reframe your idea of smoking, break down the anchors and conditions you feel you need to smoke in and give you new habits and ways of thinking and behaving instead of the cigarette.

At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling MELBOURNE, we are here to help you quit.

Contact Joe BUSUTTIL on 0412 277 488 to make an appointment.

The Four Agreements – Singing Crystal Bowl healing meditation
by Joe B on Thu, December 07, 2017at 04:19 am

Sunday 4th February at 10am – Singing Crystal Bowl Meditation

Joe Busuttil from Equator Therapies Melbourne presents a two and half hour Singing Crystal bowl healing meditation.
In this two and half hour healing Joe Busuttil will build on the profound wisdom in The Four Agreements and teach you how to develop love and compassion for yourself—no matter what your circumstances. Learn the importance of awareness, how to know what you really are, and how to make conscious choices that support yourself. By starting with yourself and self-love, your entire life is transformed, including your relationships, health, and career.

Whether you’re struggling with self-limiting beliefs that rob you of joy, or just feel that something is missing in your life, the practical truths you learn will allow you to experience more happiness, freedom, and love. Living a new dream is truly possible.

Added with these insights you will be washed with the harmonic sounds of the Singing Crystal BowIs. Vibrational sound touches our bodies on a molecular and crystalline level. The body is a network of vibrational fields and energy currents. Each individual resonates at his or her own vibration. Sound is an acoustical wave while color is an electromagnetic wave. The colors of the rainbow correspond to a specific musical note in the same way that each chakra of the body correlates with a specific tone and color. Although there is a tone and color that corresponds to each of the chakra centers, each part affects the totality. This is important to know since each crystal bowl will affect the whole body. You may feel the effects in one section of your body more deeply, but the vibrational sound will also travel throughout your entire energy field. The human body and the entire earth are made up of energy, vibrating at different frequencies. When out of rhythm, disease and disharmony result. Vibrational sound healing addresses these imbalances or blockages of the energy channels.

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be impeccable with your word. In a sense, social constructivists are correct about words creating reality. We act on what we tell ourselves is real. Albert Ellis encouraged us to screen our self-talk for negative, irrational chatter. So, what kinds of words to you use when you describe reality? Do you lie and say hurtful and poisonous things about yourself and others? Not healthy! To be impeccable with your word is to be truthful and to say things that have a positive influence on yourself and others.

2. Don’t take anything personally. The first agreement suggests that we avoid treating others hurtfully. The second agreement provides us with a way of dealing with potentially hurtful treatment from others. Because each person sees the world in a unique way, the way that others treat us says as much about them as it does about us. To not take anything personally is to acknowledge the unique identities of other people. We respect their subjective realities, realizing that their views do not necessarily describe us accurately.

3. Don’t make assumptions. Assuming that you know what other people are thinking or feeling about you is a limiting thought that Aaron Beck called Mind Reading. Obviously, none of us can read minds. When we try to engage in mind reading we will often be wrong, leading to undesirable consequences. The antidote to mind reading is to ask for evidence before concluding what people are thinking.

4. Always do your best. One obvious reason for doing your best is that we cannot achieve our goals by being lazy. If you do your best, not only are you are more likely to achieve goals, but you will also avoid criticism from what Ruiz calls your internal Judge. There are also more subtle issues about doing “your best.” One is that you should not try to do better than your best. Pushing yourself too hard can cause pain, injury, and mistakes. More subtle still is the recognition that our “best” will vary from moment to moment, that, in a sense, you are always doing your best. Realize this, and your inner Judge can take a permanent vacation.

Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-four-agreements-singing-crystal-bowl-healing-meditation-tickets-40957943311

CHANGING BODY IMAGE WITH HYPNOTHERAPY
by Joe B on Thu, November 23, 2017at 23:38 pm

Body image can be really damaging to your confidence and self esteem. At Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling we help both men and woman to view their bodies differently. To find freedom from shame and negative beliefs.

Here are six steps that will help keep your mind off your body and the weight off your hips.

Stop avoiding your body
We know that one way to maintain negative body image is to avoid your body. So, in order to break this cycle, stop the avoidance! Face up to your body and get to know it, lumps, bumps and all. Get used to being with your body. If you usually avoid mirrors, start approaching them. Look at yourself as a whole person – don’t just focus on the bits you don’t like. Try to spend more time naked. Walk around the house nude! Practise touching your body: a good way to do this is to buy some nice moisturiser and rub it all over. Try other activities that you would normally avoid: go to the beach, go clothes shopping, go belly dancing! The more you do to get in contact with and accept your body the way that it is, the more you are likely to develop better body image.

Stop checking
Some people check rather than avoid, which also perpetuates negative body image. Checking is when people repeatedly check their bodies for evidence of continuing “disgustingness”. A person might study their body in the mirror for hours at a time, or pinch their sides to check on the “fat”. Write a list of your “checking” behaviours. Once you have recognised what you are doing, make a point of refusing to check, or try to cut down. If you have “pinch the fat on my stomach” on your list, and you notice you are doing this 20 times a day, aim to cut down to 15 times, then 10, then five … then stop!

Stop comparing
One form of “checking” behaviour is comparison. This is when you constantly compare your physical attributes to those of other people. It can be challenging to stop negatively comparing yourself to others: for many people, it’s such a habit it is automatic and happens hundreds of times a day. Try to notice when you compare yourself to others and make a note of when you compare, who you compare yourself to, and what you say to yourself when it happens. Is it fair? Is it realistic? What effect does it have on how you feel about yourself? What can you say that may be more helpful?

Check out your assumptions
People sometimes interpret normal, everyday things as evidence of their “fatness”. For example, a lot of women/ men think that if their thighs or stomachs wobble, this means they are “fat”. In actual fact, wobbliness is a normal characteristic. We’re made to wobble! For other woman, the normal fluid retention that happens when they are premenstrual can be viewed as a “sign” that they are putting on weight. Try to notice what you are assuming to be evidence of “fat”, and look for the facts. This may mean doing a Google search, discussing your assumptions with friends and family, or even asking your GP.

Seperate feeling bad from feeling fat
When you have weight or body-image issues, it can be hard to separate feelings from how you feel about your body. For example, if you have a stressful day at work, a fight with your partner and get a parking ticket, you start to feel bad. You may then start to also feel “fat” and unattractive. If you start to feel this way, ask yourself what has triggered this feeling. Try to identify the real issue, and separate it from your body-image issues. Another common experience is for people to feel “fat” after they have eaten. In this instance the trigger is body-image-related. When this happens, remind yourself that your weight and appearance was the same before this feeling hit. So, though you may feel different, your weight hasn’t changed.

Practise self acceptance
Having a negative body image is like having a critic in your head. The critic is a harsh, derogatory narrative that makes nasty comments about you. For example, “I look disgusting in this outfit” or “I can’t believe how fat I am”. The critic makes you feel awful, because you believe it. Because you feel terrible about yourself, you look for ways to feel better. You may eat something, which gives momentary pleasure, but minutes later the critic is back to comment on how much of a pig you are for eating. The big key to changing negative body image is to kill the critic, and learn self-acceptance. This means accepting yourself as you are. Cognitive techniques are very effective in helping identify and change critical thinking. It can take time, but it’s worth it!

To make an appointment at Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling Melbourne contact Joe Busuttil on 0412 277 488.

Create your Vision 2018 – Workshop
by Joe B on Tue, November 07, 2017at 21:53 pm

Equator Hypnotherapy and Counselling presents – Create your Vision 2018 workshop.
Sunday 14th January, 2018 at 10am
370 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/create-your-vision-2018-tickets-38795302795

Creating a VISION might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of what you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best year. Think of crafting your VISION as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’l allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.
Your personal 2018VISION statement guides your life and provides the direction necessary to chart the course of your days and the choices you make about your career and personal life. Your personal vision statement is the light shining in the darkness toward which you turn to find your way. It illuminates your way.

– Identify your vision and give it clarity.
– Reinforce your daily affirmations.
– Keep your attention on your intentions.

When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of old restrictive habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific thought or behaviour for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits.

Know that transformation is always possible and that you can create new brain pathways whenever you’re ready to make the shift. When you keep your mind in the “I can do it!” space, you get a clear sense that you’re done with the old and on a new beam now.

Come join me for an opportunity to create a clear VISION and manifest all that you wish to acquire.

“Joey’s Vision workshop was a wonderfully transformational experience for me – I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year and it is now something I know I will do each year.”
Nat Brown

“Joe provides a space in which you can explore, laugh and gain great insight into where you really need to head over the next year. Thanks for a great day!”
Leisa

“The Vision Workshop was wonderful. Rather than just pasting images on a board and hoping for the best, Joe broke the process down so that it was really meaningful. It allowed me to see how the year ahead will bring me what I want but also how I can achieve it.”
Veronica Beaumont