Lewis turns to hypnotherapy

Ireland Online

Leona Lewis is having hypnotherapy to boost her confidence.
The ‘Bleeding Love’ singer’s mentor Simon Cowell has arranged for her to be treated by celebrity therapist Paul McKenna to banish her nerves ahead of her proposed 14-month tour.

A source said: “Seeing as Leona is on the path to becoming a global touring powerhouse, no corners will be cut.  “She already has bags more poise and confidence than she used to but she’s a natural born worrier.

“Bosses at Syco (Cowell’s music management company) want to make sure her performance is as perfect and polished as an artist who has been around for years.”

Lewis – who shot to fame after winning UK TV talent contest ‘The X Factor’ – is not the first celebrity to be put into a trance to beat their problems.

Former Spice Girls star Mel B underwent treatment to calm her nerves before starring in raunchy Las Vegas burlesque production ‘Peep Show’ earlier this year, and Eva Mendes had hypnotherapy to overcome her arachnophobia – an irrational fear of spiders – which started when she was a child.


Lily Allen slims from size 12 to an eight by having her ‘brain reprogrammed’

The Daily Mail
06 October 2007

Lily Allen has gone from size 12 to size eight after several sessions with Susan Hepburn, who she claims has reprogrammed her brain to enjoy healthy organic food and associate trips to the gym with feeling happy.

Allen, 22, is delighted with her new look and said: “After the hypnotism, I want to go to the gym every day, otherwise I feel really bad.

“I just want to get more toned and healthy. I’m really good about everything at the moment – I’ve never been happier.”

The singer, daughter of actor Keith Allen, is not the first celebrity to turn to hypnotism to lose weight – model Sophie Dahl, singer Geri Halliwell and the Duchess of York have all done so.

Mind the junk: Lily Allen tucking into fast food in April (left) and, right, showing off her slimmer look last week.

Hypnotist Ms Hepburn runs a Harley Street clinic specialising in self-improvement techniques. She charges about £300 an hour for weight-loss treatment, including instruction on self-hypnosis.

Those who have undergone the treatment claim that she implants subconscious messages that remind them to stop eating when they feel full.

Ms Hepburn also teaches clients to associate healthy activities, such as working out in the gym, with happiness.

Ms Hepburn said: “Lily was great, a really nice girl. I’m glad I could help.”

But an attempt to cure Allen of her addiction to cigarettes has been less successful. The singer was spotted smoking on a night out in London last week.

Allen, whose biggest hit Smile reached No1 last year, turned to Ms Hepburn after she posted a video of herself talking about her body-image fears on the website MySpace.

In it she said: “I used to pride myself on being strong-minded and not being some stupid girl obsessed with the way I look. I felt like it didn’t matter if I was a bit chubby.

“I’m afraid I have fallen victim to the evil machine. I have spent the past hour researching gastric bypass surgery and laser liposuction.”

Allen’s new look has helped her win the affections of a new boyfriend ? Ed Simons, one half of the electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers.

In the past Allen has spoken passionately about the ‘size-zero’ debate, criticising fashion editors for using thin models.


Ways to Cope with Money Stress
By Nancy Palmer

O, The Oprah Magazine, March 2009

Get Hypnotized

For years people have turned to hypnosis for help quitting smoking and losing weight, but the technique is also becoming popular among business types desperate to overcome financial stress, according to a November report in The Wall Street Journal. Generally, in hypnosis, a therapist uses verbal cues to put clients into a deeply relaxed state, where they become absorbed in their inner thoughts, then offers suggestions to shift an attitude so they can better tackle a problem. In this case, the suggestions might be “Money is energy that comes and goes” or “Your net worth doesn’t equal your personal worth,” to deflect the paralysis and insecurity that financial panic can cause. Ideally, clients learn the process on their own.

“Hypnosis is very similar to meditation,” explains Dwight Damon, president of the National Guild of Hypnotists, who recommends trying a professional session before using the method on yourself. “While it won’t make you richer, it will help you handle, and feel better about, the money you do have.”


Hypnosis dulls labour pains

New Zealand Herald – Tuesday May 10, 2005

Hypnosis and “suggestion” can be used to lessen the pain of childbirth, says an Australian researcher. Marion Andrew, a senior consultant anaesthetist at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, says women having their first child who learn self-hypnosis in the lead-up to labour are less likely to need an epidural than other first-time mothers. Dr Andrew told the annual scientific meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in Auckland at the weekend that there could be beneficial outcomes for use of hypnosis in pregnancy and childbirth.

She described it as a potentially useful additional tool. The research was based on 77 women who were taught hypnosis in preparation for childbirth, and compared with a control group of more than 3000 mothers who received normal ante-natal care.

The differences were most marked in women having their first babies, she said in a paper on the use of hypnosis and suggestion in obstetric anaesthetic practice. Dr Andrew said that of the hypnosis group, 36 per cent had epidurals, compared with 55 per cent of those in the control group. “I think when they’re having their first baby, they’re very highly motivated and a lot of women these days would prefer to avoid analgesia in labour if they can.”

The trials that had been done internationally on the issue showed women taught hypnosis tended to need less pain relief and were more likely to have a normal birth.
Recent research involving brain imaging of people undergoing hypnosis while receiving a painful stimulus found reduced activity in the region responsible for the emotional component of pain.


The Healing Power of Hypnosis

Prevention Magazine March 2006

“A funny thing is happening to hypnosis, long a feature of vaudevillian routines: It’s becoming respectable, working its way into premier research hospitals, medical journals, and doctors’ offices throughout the US. An increasing number of physicians are using hypnosis to ease patients through childbirth, angioplasty, chemotherapy, breast biopsy–even full-on surgery. ‘If somebody told you there was a medication that could treat 100 different conditions, didn’t require a prescription, and had no bad side effects, you wouldn’t believe them,’ says Harvard Medical School psychologist Carol Ginandes, PhD.'”I don’t want to sound like a snake oil salesman, because hypnosis is not a magic wand. But it should be made available as a supplementary treatment for all patients who could benefit. Right now.”


Power of suggestion: Medical uses of hypnosis

Consumer Reports

Speed weight loss. Studies have consistently shown that adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioural treatments for weight reduction increases the chances of short-term success. Over as many as 48 months, hypnotized patients lost more than double the amount of weight that patients lost in a program without a hypnosis component.


Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioural weight management

Journal of Clinical Psychology

This study examined the effect of adding hypnosis to a behavioural weight-management program on short- and long-term weight change. One hundred nine subjects, who ranged in age from 17 to 67, completed a behavioural treatment either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. However, at the 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis clients showed significant additional weight loss, while those in the behavioural treatment exhibited little further change. More of the subjects who used hypnosis also achieved and maintained their personal weight goals.


Hypnosis: An Altered State of Consciousness

Mayo Clinic article

“Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, it’s one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health. According to preliminary studies, hypnotherapy may be used to change negative behaviours, such as smoking, bed-wetting and overeating, reduce fear, stress and anxiety, eliminate or decrease the intensity of phobias, treat pain during childbirth and reduce labour time, control pain during dental and surgical procedures…”


Altered States


“To appreciate the therapeutic potential of hypnosis, you first have to forget about things like swinging watches and hapless audience members who prance around onstage, crowing like roosters.’One of the interesting ironies about hypnosis is that old fantasy that it takes away control,’ says Dr. David Spiegel, professor and associate chair of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and a leading expert on the practice.’It’s actually a way of enhancing people’s control, of teaching them how to control aspects of their body’s function and sensation that they thought they couldn’t.'”