When we are fit and supple we can cope better with life's ups and downs - both physical and emotional. We have a little more balance in ourselves. When we unconsciously understand this we start to believe in our abilities and push ourselves a little more.
When I was recovering from a hip replacement, I was determined to be able to ride again and so I was very conscientious about doing the exercises I was given by the hospital physiotherapist, but I also had the excellent help of two wonderful ladies:
Pilates instructor Sarah Ribbans ("Pilates with Sarah" in Worthing) who used Pilates herself to help recover from serious spinal injury following an accident to get back to riding and competing Elementary Dressage.
Yoga teacher Anna-Lucy from "LoveLifeYoga" in Godalming, who has a haven of calm at her home studio.
I also continue my yoga practice at home, and I highly recommend Adriene who has a 30 day yoga introduction available for free ;
When working with riders I hear these anguished comments all the time ...“....But I’ve ridden challenging horses all my life...I’ve had so many falls and it’s never affected me like this before...I used to really enjoy a good gallop across country but can’t do open spaces any more.....I just freeze when I think about jumping ....”
So WHY do we lose our confidence?
I think it helps to imagine loss of confidence as the brain’s way of keeping us stuck – or a BRAIN CAGE – a place where we do the “What if’s” to be on the look-out for trouble - a place where we don’t voluntarily want to move out of.
Now why would the brain want to do that to us ?
Simply put – to keep us from harm.
At some point we had an experience that frightened, confused us or threatened us in some way, and our Physical Emergency Response (PER) aka “Fight or Flight” response kicks in. But there are two other aspects to the PER that riders might also relate to, those of “Faint and Freeze”. I’ve ha...
As "Continual Professional Development" at the back end of last year I thought I'd learn a new process called BWRT - Brain Working Recursive Therapy (snappy little title !)
Nevertheless - a useful process to add to the toolkit, not a universal panacea, but it does have the benefit of being a quick process - usually able to address a variety of issues which keep people stuck - including fears and phobias - in a single session.
For those interested in the technicalities - BWRT actually turns out to be not so new, it utilises aspects of NLP combined with a couple of clever hypno-therapeutic double binds and pseudo-orientation.
Happy to chat further to see if I can help with any issue you may be struggling with.
Emotional Eating : how often have these feelings led to these consequences –
Angry + lonely = ice cream.
Hurt = chocolate.
Bored + cookies = guilt.
We've all let our feelings overrule our appetites and then regretted it.
Many of us have, at one time or another, eaten beyond our hunger—and I don't just mean at Christmas. Millions of people regularly turn to food during times of stress, sadness, anger or frustration. They eat in response to their emotions instead of their appetites. And once they get used to dealing with their feelings in this way, they find it almost impossible to remember what true hunger feels like.
When I first meet with a client who appears to have some issues with food, I usually ask her to draw a pie chart with each segment representing an important area of her life - such as health and fitness, family, friends, career, spirituality. Then I ask her to cross off the areas she feels are going pretty well. The segments that aren't crossed off represent the parts of her...
Therapeutic hypnosis is an effective and safe complementary technique in surgery and the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
This is the conclusion of a systematic review by Winfried Häuser and his co-authors in the latest issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2016; 113: 289-96).
It emerged that hypnosis was superior to standard treatment in the reduction of emotional stress, pain, time needed for convalescence, and drug consumption associated with medical interventions.
Among patients with irritable bowel syndrome, symptoms were relieved more effectively by gut-directed hypnosis than by the treatments in the control groups.
In clinical practice hypnosis is already widely used as a complement to modern, safe methods of anaesthesia, particularly to minimize anxiety and stress in patients about to undergo surgery. Live or audio file-aided hypnosis can be offered.