One of the keys to Jon Hinchliffe’s success as a therapist is his ability to take concepts he uses in his work and show how they can be used in everyday life.

As one of the main tools Jon uses is hypnosis, Jon is often explaining how hypnosis is based on everyday situations.

Jon has used the principles of his training in Indirect Hypnosis, Ericksonian Psychotherapy and NLP to significantly improve his life with the debilitating illness ME/CFS/PVFS (Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome).

He first become ill with it in January 1994. Up until summer 2008 Jon used a mobility scooter to get around outside. Now he is back to being the runner he was in his teens. He still has the illness but is constantly working to maximise what he can achieve in his life.

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January weight gain?

We are now approaching the end of January. So now is a good time to review what happens with weight over the Christmas period. My guess is most people are a few pounds/kilos heavier at present.

From my perspective it is not the food and drink over Christmas that is at fault.  The weight we are is based on a simple equation

Weight = food/drink consumed – energy used

Whichever way you look at it weight follows that simple equation. Some people are petrol thirsty cars and some are highly efficient machines but the speed of consumption does not matter as long as it is matched by the energy used by the body.

So how can I claim that the food we consumed over Christmas is not the real problem? The answer is that if we increase our food intake over a few days but then it returns to normal. So will our body weight. If extra energy is not being put into the body the body gets back into balance.

So what is the real problem of January weight gain? The answer is in the change of habits.  Even if you are a health conscious person most of the year the chances are you allow yourself to relax a little over Christmas. You allow yourself treats you probably would not eat normally. Once you do this you naturally enjoy the treats (why bother otherwise?) then you are tempted again and again. Perhaps even though you decide you don’t want this extra food there is a lot of surplus tempting food around and you still give into moments of weakness. This period continues for longer than you intend and slowly your habits have changed and you are eating more over a long period. Your weight inevitably changes and you then start to feel bad, feel lethargic and stressed which can then cause you to be concerned about food and you then eat to comfort yourself.

This is where you need to stop and get back to the food you were eating last November. For some people this is an easy thing to do. For others it is quite hard and this is where someone like myself that can help you change habits using your unconscious mind (which is where habits run) can be of help. To lose weight when there is so much surplus food around requires some conscious effort but with someone helping you to help yourself weight loss becomes so much easier than you think.

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Happy New Year

Happy new year everyone!

Hold on! What does this mean? Most people wish people a “Happy new year” but what does the person saying it think of and what does the person receiving it think of? Are they the same thing?

Are we wanting everyone to feeling happy 24 hours a day, 7 day a week, for the next 52 weeks? Perhaps we are. I can’t help wondering if the person would notice though. It takes me back to my favourite question does a fish know it is swimming in water? A fish just knows it moves around. Unless it is a fish that swims at the top of water and has experienced the feeling of “no water” I am not sure it does.

If someone has a happy disposition do they know it themselves or does it require others to point it out to them that they are typically happier than the average person? People might have an idea of some of their habits and attributes but it normally takes an outsider to help us understand who we are and who we are not.  We can be very self aware but never spot something that someone would instantly associate with us.

Getting back to “Happy new year” was 2012 a happy year? How do judge this? I suspect some readers instantly answered my question hopefully positively but positively negatively. In 1992 in a speech  marking the 40th anniversary of her Accession, Queen Elizabeth II, described 1992 as “Annus Horribilis”. What happened in the 1992 that was so bad? Well according to Wiki

  • In March 1992, it was announced that her second son, The Duke of York, would separate from his wife The Duchess of York.
  • In April, her daughter, The Princess Royal, divorced her husband Captain Mark Phillips.
  • In June, The Princess of Wales’ tell-all book, Diana, Her True Story, was published.
  • In November, just four days before the Guildhall speech, one of The Queen’s homes, Windsor Castle, caught fire.

I am sure all these things were terrible for the Queen at the time. I wonder how they are in retrospect? I wonder if she values having the fire now as it means better fire precautions are in place. Yes it is sad to have lost what she did but it could have been so much worse.

Are her children happier as individual having had their breakups? Would the Queen be so upset if Prince William got to the point of a marriage breakup or has the precedent and reality of modern life now influenced things?

These are four things that were public knowledge in the Queen’s life how much happiness did she experience? How much happiness had she forgotten she experienced that year as she was choosing to summarise it as “Annus Horribilis”?

It is normally very easy to dismiss happy events and remember problems and sadness.  Problems and misfortunate cause us pain. We don’t like pain. We remember pain. Perhaps people take happiness for granted, perhaps people are poor at spotting it. Perhaps it just doesn’t have the impact on our lives that bad events have.

So when I wish people a happy new year what do I actually mean? What am I really wanting?

I think a happy new year for me is one where I can help change peoples lives for the positive. I enjoy doing this because it makes me feel good and I am selfish in enjoying feeling good inside. It matters little to me if the person who’s life is better is aware of the change or whether I receive praise for it. If I know I have put myself out to increase happiness in the world then I have done something good and I feel good inside.  I am aware I make mistakes and I get things wrong but if I strive to improve I can’t fail to become happier and happier. Will I notice? I think in my case I will.

So my wish for 2013 is that everyone can increase their positive influence other people’s lives for their own selfish happiness.

Happy new year!

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Keeping upright in slippy conditions

Back in June 2011 I discussed why I had bought some Vibram Five finger barefooot running shoes. So far I have enjoyed running in them. I have noticed they have poor grip on very wet muddy grass. Fed up with snow being on the ground for the 7th day I decided enough was enough and ventured out in them wondering how they would cope. To my surprise they were very good.
Balance is already an issue for me and something that I am presently working but I believe have I become quite good at keeping upright when others tend to slip.
Before buying the fivefingers I was on the beach and noticed how a child used her feet to walk on stones. I noticed the toes bent with the surface she was walking on and gripped the stones. The child was probably only 3 or so and so not that used to wearing shoes.
When in Kandersteg, Switzerland during the summer I was hiking with some people and noticed they kept slipping and almost falling over. Being Adult they were now used to wearing shoes. I spent a couple of miles walking and noticing that in shoes I don’t pay any attention to my feet. As soon as I start slipping however I focus on the bones in my feet and using my toes to keep me upright. I watched my fellow hikers walking and conversing and became more and more convinced that because their feet are walking in padded shoes they are not paying attention to their feet and their unconscious mind is not receiving the feedback from their boot and so not using their bone structures for balance. When I am walking, because I am focused on my feet, I was maximising my sensitivity and correcting the incorrect feedback from my hike boots. When they are walking it is like they are walking with just flaps as feet and therefore when on a slippy surface they just slip and due to the protection of their boots they are almost too late to catch the danger.
I can’t recall when I first started thinking about my feet in my footwear in slippy conditions but I feel sure I have been doing it for at least two years. I expect I did so originally because it is interesting that we don’t think about how we walk most of the time and I had become aware of this through my hypnosis training.
Heading out for a run on paths with lots of ice patches, I set of with trepidation. I focused on my feet and getting them to grip. I soon realised I was in much better condition than I expected. Not having much of a sole the shoe was curving to the shape of the ground. I still struggled on totally flat ice but ice shaped by walkers was no problem at all. To give you an idea of the extra sensitivity of thin soled shoes 2 weeks previously I had been surprised how strong frost can make grass slightly uncomfortable to run on.
I think the control I can get with my toes being in individual pockets is limited but given that I am naturally now switching to focus on my feet in slippery conditions I expect I was getting extra benefit.
As I ran I was then thinking I can’t focus on my feet all the time and realised I was now in the process of sending my conscious thought of my feet back to the unconscious so that I am now using my toes as the three year old and with minimal effort.

As I continued to run I saw a runner turn round and go home because he couldn’t get any grip in his conventional running shoes. I would be interested to hear from anyone as to what they notice if they change their focus and start thinking about the bone structures in their feet as they walk or run in slippy conditions.

Don’t be surprised if a future post is how to recover from an accident on ice!

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“I escape into reality. I love reality. I don’t like falsified things. I look at this world in a real way. I live a real life.” Rickey Medlocke, Blackfoot (Ealry 1980’s)

Like Rickey, this is a view I used to hold. I was just listening to a random mix on my music player and this interview section got played. This sort of thing really jumps out at me now.
Reality? What is reality?
Is it reality that if I have failed to do something three times I will fail to do it again? What if I was tired on the previous occasions and this time I am fresh? What if I have learnt something from each failure?
This is prediction. It might be argued that it is prediction based on past experience but it is just a possible reality. Darren Brown knew it was reality he could flip a coin 10 times and have it land on heads 10 times. It was not magic. He just started filming and eventually after something like 16hours the sequence happened as statistics suggested it would. He might have had to film 16 days if he was extremely unlucky but while that was possible it would have been extremely unlikely.
Someone I know and love has just had a heart bypass operation today. Their wife was up half the night feeling ill. This didn’t surprise me it is a reaction that person has demonstrated several times. His wife was not surprised or concerned either. They were experienced enough to know the cause. Does this mean it had to happen? Is that reality? Well, no, they had thought they were OK. It was a surprise to them when it happened.
When we enter a familiar room is that reality? Do we see everything we should? Well our vision doesn’t. Our brain stores a layout of the room and the eyes do a quick scan of the room and focus in on the detail of whatever we are doing. We can quite easily miss items being added or missing.
What if you heard a noise that “sounded” like a burglar in the room. Would the reality of the room be the same as if you were about to enter the room to collect a book you know you left there? I highly doubt it.
For me there is no such thing as reality. My reality is not your reality or any one else’s.
Everything for me is perception. I read a metaphor today about two pots used to carry water. One was cracked and leaked and the other perfect. The cracked pot felt sad and told the perfect pot it wished it was as perfect. The water carrier heard this as she was carrying the pots along the path. She stopped and said to the leaking pot “Why do you feel so sad?”
“Because when you get back I have lost half of my content”
“Please look at the path. Look at all the flowers growing where I carry you. The seeds that fall there grow because of you. I enjoy the walk more because I can see the lovely flowers that grow because you water them for me.”
For years I considered myself a bad at English. I failed my O’level on the first occasion. I can’t spell. My grammar is poor. That was my reality. Then one day I was supporting someone at an adult learning centre and the centre asked me if I would like to do something. I suggested it would be nice to do a course on spelling. They said great but that was a home tuition course. They suggested I have a go at an English paper. I thought “why not?”. As I was working away I was aware of others in the room working on the same questions and struggling for me it was ridiculously easy. The penny then dropped for me. I had been comparing myself to people good at English. My family and people I had assumed were better than me at school. When I spoke to them in later years I was surprised to hear that even though they were in a higher English class than me they too could not spell and had problems.
I am not a good writer but I am not the worst writer. My work on my websites would no doubt give editors and proof readers a headache but it is a lot better some others could write. I have also noticed that because I am a poor writer I am actually much better at reading writing without the correct punctuation. Someone I know that is very good at English often gets stuck trying to understand writing because the punctuation is missing. I just seem to spot the patterns naturally. I have a skill that proof readers are perhaps jealous of: I can read writing and get the communication easily when they get stuck and frustrated over poor writing skills and therefore miss the communication.
I have a musician friend that is a perfectionist. I have a knowledge of music but am not very musical. I can appreciate music that my friend could never listen to because it is not pitch perfect. The friend is not keen on live music because he hears all the faults. I just enjoy the feeling the music gives me and the atmosphere of the concert.
Reality? No it doesn’t exist. It is just a perception and something that can be changed with skill and knowledge.

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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” is a quote by Abraham Lincoln and a good example of how I help people in therapy.

Someone recently had some foot pain while she was in trance and relaxing. It is not uncommon for this kind of distraction and my client was getting used to what hypnosis is all about so she decided to focus elsewhere and not on the discomfort. She also experimented with what happened if she did focus on the discomfort. She noticed it got worse so went back to focusing elsewhere. I was really pleased with her experimentation. It was a great sign she was learning on many levels.

I therefore took her one stage further. I explained pain can be like a naughty child. If you have a child and you make it feel unloved is it going to be less of a problem? I am sure the consensus would be no. If instead you give that child some love and encouragement it will start to respond and grow. Therefore give that pain or feeling some love. Show it that you value what it is doing for you. Give it a model to mimic as to how to be. IE if the other foot is in good shape ask it to model that foot. When you give something a goal to aim for it is more likely to move towards it. When you just tell it to go away what is it supposed to aim for?

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Reasons: Easy to come up with but how reliable?

Since I stopped using my mobility scooter after 15 years in September 2009 I have made a lot of progress with my health. Running is my passion and as someone at Toastmasters the other night highlighted, my addiction. It was claimed in my friend’s speech that running gives 4 times the “buzz” that cocaine does. I haven’t looked this up but I certainly love running and don’t like it when I don’t go for a run.

I don’t run with anyone so my running is very much based against time. Another toastmaster friend also does barefoot running and he runs purely for fun. It made me consider why I like to time my runs and for me it is about watching my progress. If I don’t see that I am improving or facing challenges I am missing out on some praise I could be giving myself. Running for me is the driver that is making it easier for me to move forward with my ME or Chronic Fatigue syndrome. I have had this illness since 1994. Physically now I am in great shape. I can enjoy life. Mentally however I am still improving (notice the way I phrase that. It gives forward momentum even if I feel I have been stuck for a while). Often by 9am I am aware I need to sleep or recharge as I prefer to think of it now. This is quite a new pattern for me and I am able to push on till midday but if I need to do mental work I will often recharge in order to maximise my capabilities. If I push through my work is often poor. Not that I have any basis for proving this claim. Perhaps it is actually OK. However instead of walking along a flat surface it feels like I am walking up a 1 in 3 hill. When I recharge I loose time but it is easier to push on.

As is usual for one of my blogs the direction of this one is not where I first intended it so I will get back to my original point. As I run against the clock I notice some days I am poor. I have been through a period of two months where my best time went from 20:10 to 18:18 after being stuck for about 1 year. This inspired me greatly. It made me realise I must have had limitations in my thinking.

After that period I was stuck again. I was running and sometimes I could get down to 18:20 but other days I was as slow as 19:00 again (I always took consolation that this slow time was so much faster than an old personal best (PB)). It has been my goal for about 2 years to run around Mersea Island which is about 13 miles and prove to myself I can no longer have ME. I was getting close to being ready to do it and then winter set in. Then I had knee problems. Then I got frustrated that my dog keeps waking the house if I go for a longer run without her. Now I am experimenting to see how far she can run but winter is setting in again.

Once the whether started turning my running became slower. I blamed the wind being strong on the top of a field. I blamed the fact I had run a long distance. I blamed the cold. Some days my legs just were not there. But equally other days I think “perhaps I will have a slow run today” and then I get going and I run well. The big thing I have found with running is that my self judgement is awful.

Last Sunday I went for a run about 5pm. Normally, it is as soon as I get up. It was kind of a bonus run as I had intended having a day off after a long run the day before. The dog needed a walk and I decided as I fancied a run we might as well go for a quick run. I figured I would just do a short route so I set off assuming I was going to run 1.5 miles and not 2.5. My phone reads off my time and distance every 3 minutes. The distance is unreliable but I am getting used to my check marks. And I noticed I was much further down my route than expected so at the point of no return 6 minutes in I decided to run my 2.5mile route instead. My legs felt so good and I ended up with a new PB of 18:10. This was despite wind on the top field. Was it because I had had a couple of biscuits? Was it because I didn’t like not running that morning? Was it because I was resting most of the day and then had a hypnotherapy session and now had physical energy to burn?

Life is far too complex to decide. There are so many factors that could have influenced my speed.

This morning I set of with some speed again and hit the same 3minute check mark. I was good at 6 minutes too. Then at 9 and 12 I started to wonder if I wasn’t up to speed. At 15 I knew it wouldn’t be a new PB but pushed hard. I expected to see 18:20 at the end and then when I stopped it was 18:39. I was stunned. I had no idea what had happened. Again my mind can come up with plenty of reasons. Perhaps I didn’t push hard enough between 9-15mins. I was running in half light. I had trouble deciding a route through some fellow dog walkers because some dogs were on a lead and some were not. Perhaps I just wasn’t able to keep going today.

What is certain is I will never know what the factors were for today. It is not possible to redo the day with exactly the same conditions and vary just one possibility. We all get hunches. We have theories but we don’t know.

You can train to pigeons to tap a target in order to get a seed. We can put the pigeon in a cage with a random seed dropper and the pigeon will try taping the target. The pigeon realises something is different in this cage and starts trying to work it out. It can end up doing strange things like turning around in a circle and then tapping the target. If it happens to work once or twice the pigeon starts to believe that is the answer.

This is why footballers can have lucky pants.

I wore a St Christopher from the age of 14 until I lost my last one just over a year ago. When I first lost one I wasn’t too bothered about St Christopher not protecting me when traveling and then something happened (that I have long forgotten) and I decide I better get another St Christopher to protect me. I probably broke my chain another 3 times after that and I always rushed to get another. Last year I thought to myself “how stupid, I am a hypnotherapist, I know what is going on. I can live without a St Christopher” and didn’t wear it. For days I found myself playing with the chain that wasn’t there but eventually I have forgotten about that dependency.
I can’t help being amused by the idea that writing this might get me “jinxed” and then have people saying “see I told you, St Christopher does protect you. You should have worn it”. But even if it was the case I would still argue that I was fine for a year and no one knows when my time is up.

When we have fears and phobias when we believe someone has done something bad to us on purpose (Road rage is a great case) we would all be better if we thought “I can guess what happened but the chances are it is more complex than I can perceive. I will therefore just to believe a case that is in my best interest”. Since any theory we come up with might or might not be right and it is probably a case that is less likely than the one we first think off why choose ones that annoy us, frustrate us, hinder our ability to move forward? Why not just think what solution is best for me and if it is conceivable work on that assumption? If someone really did want to annoy you and you are positive and happy or respond nicely to them it will make you feel good and it will baffle them. Perhaps it will even inspire them to follow your model.

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A hypnotherapist still makes thinking mistakes

I just added a comment on my main website.

As is often the way I click send and then I start picking it apart. I feel this a productive thing to do so that is fine. What I find really interesting is how I am so fallible in my own thinking. If I were to see a client write what I did I might pick up on the following:

“I still need to sleep 2 hours during the day and this is something I have yet to overcome” – How do you know you need this? What happens if you have needed it on all previous occasions you tested it but you didn’t need it in the future? Would you notice? Is it possible you have not noticed in the past?

I would come back at myself and say “Yes I have done lots of testing and I do need it. I know the days I have not taken the extra sleep are the days are the ones I have struggled all day and got less done”

And I would counter argue “You know? So you are still predicting a negative future? Why not predict a positive one?”

And I would probably think “Damn, you got me, why am I not trying this out”

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Exam Results

Today the A’level Exam results came out so there will be some very happy people, some unhappy people and some people somewhere in between.
What happens if you didn’t get the results you wanted?
It is very upsetting isn’t it? But most students will be teenagers with their whole lives ahead of them. We tend to be taught at school how important exam results are and it is true they are a good help for getting your first professional job. After that however they become less and less important.
Most teenagers will be in employment for twice the length of their current lives. During that time they will discover different interests. They will find that the things they thought they would like will no longer be important, what they really want to do or even required by society.
The important lesson to learn is to always be flexible and always looking to the future. What is done or in some cases what hasn’t be done (ie revision) is in the past. The past is useful for teaching us lessons but only in a very limited way. When we do something we get a result. That result might have been a fluke or it might have been correct. Normally however that result gets stored as a judgement and it is based on the views we take when making that judgement. Rarely do we store just the actual result. Normally we think “Oh I did really well I got a C when I expected an E.” or “I messed up bad. I only got a B when I needed an A”.
The only things that are fact are the grades achieve. In this case a “C” and a “B”.
Suppose you got a “B” instead of an “A” is that a waste of all the time you studied? To you, at present, it might be. How badly do you need that “A”? Is it important enough to take the exam again? If so focus on how to get an even better mark next time. If it is not important then just left it go. If you take an exam again in the future you might want to consider what factors lead to such a “disappointing” result but also remember that you will be older wiser and a future exam might be on a completely different subject, one in which you will have different strengths and weaknesses.
I worked very hard at my English Literature O’level and I was “gutted” when I got my result back of “U” for it. I have never looked into it to see why it was so bad as that particular exam was not important to my future. What I do know is the 4 books I studied and the play have always stayed with me. I have always liked watching plays when I have gone to the theatre. The two classic novels (“The Woman and White” and the “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” I read are two of my favourite books and have lead to this genre being one of my favourite areas of reading. The other two books “My family and other animals” and “Ring of bright water” are also books I have re-read. They have shown me I could enjoy reading topics that I would not normally think of. So failing so badly at English Literature has still influenced my life in a very positive way. I didn’t waste two years of schooling even if I didn’t manage to achieve what the examiners wanted from me.
Quite often in life the initial careers we choose is not the one we are in in later life. I know charted accountants running cafes. People with no formal qualifications running successful businesses of 20 years standing. Admin assistants training to be nurses and the hypnotherapists I help train with British Hypnosis Research come from all fields of life.
Nothing in life is fixed and the sooner you learn to be flexible in your decision making and quest for happiness the sooner you will be enjoying a positive life. Always focus on where you want to go next and never on where you don’t want to go or where you should have gone! Do this and you will find success and happiness a lot easier to achieve.

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From cutting the lawn to a maths book that helps make life simple

I have just been writing a book review for my personal site and it seem to fit here too. When I get time I should actually expand on concepts such as looking at related situations and Look at problems from different perspectives. For now though I will just share the book review.
The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
One day I was getting the lawn mower out to cut the grass and my mind puzzled over the lead which was as usual knotted. Normally I just pull it through end to end but this time I was convinced there was a better way of doing it. I remembered reading something about counting loops to discover if something was knotted or just looped. I could not remember the detail so I searched the internet. My search lead me to this book in digital highlights form and I enjoyed reading it so much I ordered the book.
I have always been a “maths” person and not a “language” person and I loved glancing through this book so much that I have ended up reading it cover to cover. I didn’t read all the exercises but the ones I did were really well constructed and gave me a better understanding than just reading the text.
The book covers a lot of topics that I had never learned about before such as whether infinity is always the same size, rubber sheet geometry, fractals and chaos it also covered topics I had covered before such as statistics and codes. I found them all really well explained and enjoyed the authors approach. I have to say there were topics I expected in the book from pure maths that weren’t such as integration and while I missed remembering this area I am not sure it would have fitted in the book. If it had I am sure it would have been a very interesting read as all the topics were so interesting in their real world connections.
I have often been amused at my journey from a Maths/Computer Programmer to a Language/Hypnotherapist but this book highlights a lot of the thinking that makes me a successful hypnotherapist. It always takes things back to basic principles. It takes a complex problem and looks at what we do know first. It avoids assumptions. It look for patterns and then expand our understanding. It emphasises over and over the importance of taking a guess and trying things out. It doesn’t matter if we are wrong. The new information we gain helps us gain more understanding. These are exactly the principles I aim to get across to all my clients. Life is simple when you know how to look at it.
I am not sure what person would want to read this book without studying for a reason but I highly recommend it as a good read and an important growing tool for all problems in life. Have fun with it!

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Looking for the principle behind ideas to create positive change

As mention in a previous post I am reading Christopher  McDougall’s Born To Run.

One of the main topics of the book is the amount of injuries runners get and the fact these injuries have been on the increase since we have started wearing more advanced running shoes.

The book advocates going back to basic flat shoes which when I search the internet I see can still be expensive like VIBRAM – FiveFingers. The argument of the book is that these basic shoes allow our bones and muscles in our feet to work correctly whereas cushioned running shoes that protect us from impacts mean we lose the feeling of what we are doing. If a runner used to cushioned shoes switches to “barefoot” shoes then they will be more aware of discomfort and need to naturally adjust their running style to keep going. When we are cushioned our feet get deconditioned and we can develop faults in our running style that then cause injuries. Apparently in any Marathon 9 out of 10 runners will be injured at some point in any one year period.  People running “barefoot” however tend to get far fewer injuries.

I can believe this this line of thinking because it matches my experience with my back. I have suffered from ME/CFS/PVFS (Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome) since 1994. (While I am now a runner again I still am learning to crack the mental and physical exhaustion. I often need to sleep after a run which is not a normal reaction to this kind of tiredness). From mid 1994 till November 2008 I was on painkillers for my back. In November 2008 I finished my required training to be a hypnotherapist and I decided “if I can help people with pain control I better see what I can do with myself”.

I was on 7 Co-codamol and 3 Ibrufen a  day. I decided to stop taking them. Instead I used a trance every time I felt uncomfortable. I got through the first day and took some painkillers at 9pm so I could sleep. I woke at 1am and took some more. The next day used trance and then took some painkillers at 9pm. The third day my daughter visited and I didn’t have much time to work on myself  but I still chose not to take any more painkillers and I didn’t take any until I have an operation 16 months later. For three weeks I experiment with all the techniques I knew but within 5 days noticed I was more comfortable than when I was on the painkillers. By three weeks I was bored and not actively doing anything for my back.

From time to time I will get little aches. I am often aware when lifting things that I tweak my back. Even getting out of the chair in the living room can give it a little twinge. All the time however I have focused on having a comfortable back that is getting stronger and healthier and these twinges are minor events which I view as a warning to adjust something.

My view is because I wanted to be comfortable my unconscious mind is helping find good postures and exercise to keep my back in a free comfortable moving state. In the past with pain control I just blotted out the problem and therefore kept the uncomfortable posture which possibly put my body under stress and helped keep me more tired than I needed to be for my illness.

To me this is exactly what is being suggested for barefoot running.

As a hypnotherapist I love watching for signs of principle I use in hypnotherapy in real life. The link with my back pain and the suggested reason for barefoot running come from different places but seem to have common principles in common. It doesn’t matter both these theories ultimately turn out to be wrong because they have both helped me more forward physically with my illness and that is all that counts.

What ideas can you link to improve your health or make your dreams easier to reach?

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