You are feeling very, very sleeeepppppppy
Have you ever tried hypnotherapy? When I was at university I watched a magician ‘trance’ a six foot bloke in the audience so that he had a rigid body with his head on one chair and his feet resting on another. I was called out of the crowd to stand on his midriff and honestly, it was like standing on a plank of wood. It was amazing.
From that time on I’ve been a real believer in hypnotism, and its power. Hypnotherapy is clearly a more holistic, helpful branch of the same tree (the clue’s in the word ‘therapy’!) and I know various people who have used it to quit fags, stop eating chocolate – seriously!- and also help with anxiety issues, but were all in London. Karen Puttick, based at her home treatment room in Amersham, is my first dealings with a Bucks/Oxon practitioner, but she’s the real deal, a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and member of The National Council for Hypnotherapy (yes people, it exists!), whose own father was also a hypnotherapist. Clearly the hypno-talent runs strong through the Puttick genes, though Karen also practises Reiki at the well repected The Bagnall Centre so she’s trumped Puttick senior on that one.
I am too much of a control freak to let Karen rootle around the murky corners of my mind with a full blown hypnotism – who knows the tangled horrors she would unleash? – but I did try a deep relaxation session, and I have to admit I was seriously surprised – it was a mega meditation. I’ve been going full pelt with work and kids for the last six months and it really felt like permission to stop, let my body relax into a kind of spineless mush and my mind stop spinning.
I sat in Karen’s cream leather chair, all squidgy and wide and inviting, got myself settled, closed my eyes and listened to Karen’s voice gently saying lots of positive things. No sinister swinging watches or any of that malarkey, lights flicking on and off, or incantations that my purse was weighing me down spiritually and could I please just pass it gently over?
Hypnotherapy is very different to a massage, where I find my mind still tends to wander towards work, or ponder how long I have left to go before the treatment ends, or try to guess which bit of my body is going to be worked on next. It’s a much deeper relaxation for the mind, and for someone like me who finds it hard to stop making lists, or multitasking 5 things at the same time, it was a relief to still my mind for half an hour. It really worked.
Clearly I wasn’t going to be a serious case for Karen – the sad truth is that I’m way too shallow to have any inner issues – but she does a lot of work with children and teens, and I can see how it would work for them. The quiet environment, the NLP that she is also able to practise, the fact that she is a mum of three herself. Apparently she has a lot of male clients too – hynotherapy being a way of legitimately ‘letting go’ for those in highly-stressful jobs and dealing with stress and anxiety without feeling weak by going for a talking therapy.
Anyway, it was all fascinating stuff, so let me know if you use her and how you get on (anonymously if it’s awkward). Knowledge is power, let’s share it!