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Nurture Wellbeing on how hypnotherapy can support menopause symptoms

As World Menopause Month draws to an end, Nurture Wellbeing explains how hypnotherapy is 74% as effective as HRT for reducing hot flushes and night sweats.

Written by Louise Wilson
Published 28.10.2023

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If you’ve tried everything to calm your menopause symptoms but nothing seems to work, have you ever thought about hypnotherapy? Nurture Wellbeing is here to reveal all.

Hypnotherapy has been scientifically proven to be 74% as effective as HRT for reducing hot flushes and night sweats.

When we normally think of hypnotherapy, we think of lying on a couch where you’ll be asked to bring up your deepest, darkest traumas. But not at Nurture Wellbeing.

Louise brings a personal approach and offers a safe and nurturing space in her Whitley Bay and Tynemouth clinics as well as online for those who live further afield. You’ll feel at ease as she provides gentle guidance to support you through this potentially tricky transition

With two decades of experience as an NHS healthcare professional and expert knowledge of hypnotherapy, who better to catch up with than HLN’s Expert in Residence, Louise Wilson, to find out how hypnotherapy can help with our menopause symptoms?

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WHAT IS SOLUTION-FOCUSED HYPNOTHERAPY?

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is very different from what you might expect when you think of hypnotherapy. It’s a combination of talking or psychotherapy combined with the benefits of clinical hypnosis. This combination makes each session entirely bespoke and extremely powerful with you taking an active role in the process.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT A HYPNOTHERAPY SESSION WITH NURTURE WELLBEING

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The talking therapy part:

I ask curious questions to help you elicit the changes you would like to make – this usually involves talking through the small steps that you can take towards creating the future you want. The bonus is in this part of the session you will come up with lifestyle changes that will not only benefit your menopause journey but your wider life, too.

 

The hypnosis part:

This is very calming and enjoyable where you focus on the sound of my voice and go into a relaxed and trance-like state. We all go into trance many times during the day – e.g. if you’ve ever driven a car and ‘forgotten’ part of your journey or zoned out during a TV show. It’s very safe and you’re in complete control.

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WHY OPT FOR THE SOLUTION-FOCUSED APPROACH?

The main benefit is that we don’t focus on the problems. Focussing on the problems serves to fill up our stress bucket – instead being SF puts you in control and reduces the impact of symptoms. Whilst we cannot change the fact that we will go through menopause we can change how we cope and respond to the changes throughout it.

In fact, evidence suggests that menopause is a time of transition for the brain, which cleverly compensates for changing hormone levels given time and support – this is what SF hypnotherapy does best!

HOW DOES HYPNOTHERAPY HELP MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS?

We know that symptoms of perimenopause/menopause include anxiety, low mood, difficulties coping with change, insomnia or poor self-esteem. These are very susceptible to being positively impacted by hypnotherapy and I have helped many people with these challenges very quickly.

Mind and body are linked, so when we are stressed, we can start to feel menopausal symptoms much more – this is due to the increase in cortisol which literally further depletes your already falling oestrogen levels.

I will educate you on how your brain works and why we react to certain things/situations.  This allows you to gain an understanding of what is happening to you (and why) as well as taking back control and reducing symptoms such as hot flushes.

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HOW DO YOU HELP US AS INDIVIDUALS?

I always start with an initial consultation – this allows me to understand your challenges and hopes. I am very client-centred and with the SF approach, nothing is a problem unless you see it as a problem.  I will tailor the neuroscience to explain your circumstances…even after just after the initial consultation many people report feeling much lighter and brighter.

I enquire about certain areas of your life to help you understand where you might want to bring about positive changes which will positively impact your experience of perimenopause/menopause. I will also adjust the language that I use during trance to meet your specific needs.

 

WHAT TECHNIQUES ARE USED?

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To improve sleep:

I always provide you with audio to listen to outside of our sessions – one of the main benefits of this is improving sleep quality which in turn positively impacts symptoms and the ability to cope.

To reduce depression:

Evidence suggests that depression is 4 times more likely to affect women of menopausal ages rather than those below 45.. SF hypnotherapy is excellent at promoting self-esteem and confidence, which can be impacted by low mood.

I’ll help you learn how to take control of your natural inbuilt bias to focus on the negative so that you can improve serotonin levels.

This feel-good neurotransmitter helps us cope with life but its levels in the brain dip as our oestrogen falls – boosting serotonin during menopause contributes to a naturally improved sense of general wellbeing.

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To destress:

With menopause, our stress buckets are very often filled with our symptoms, both physical and emotional. I help you to actively empty your stress bucket, which increases your resilience and optimises the way you think and feel about situations.

When our stress bucket is full, anxiety, irritability and low mood prevail – we also tend to suffer more from insomnia – and we find that we are unable to cope in the way we might previously have done.

I can also use reframes in sessions – so whilst you’re relaxed and your subconscious is open to positive suggestions, we can wire in how we would like things to be such as coping better or reacting differently.

To embrace mindfulness:

I demonstrate breathing and mindfulness techniques as well as self-hypnosis which can be used outside of sessions for stress relief, calming the fight-or-flight response to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

 

To provide emotional freedom:
As an Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner (sometimes known as ‘tapping’) I can weave this into your sessions to further boost the regulation of your nervous system as well as how to cope with and process symptoms and emotions which you can then take away to use in your own time.
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Take back control:

One of the incredible things about the brain is that it doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined which we can use to great advantage.

We all know how a cool lake might feel so when I use guided imagery around this or visualising turning down the body temperature dial for example, this can help massively with temperature regulation.

And there’s proof that this works as a new Baylor University study has shown that women who specifically pictured images associated with coolness during hypnotherapy had a dramatic decrease in hot flushes.

Menopausal women are more prone to panic attacks than other groups. I can also use elements of neurolinguistic programming to help you focus on what you do want, rather than what you don’t, which is transformative in shifting your mindset and the way your brain and body both respond.

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DOES HYPNOTHERAPY ACTUALLY WORK?

The British Medical Journal noted its efficacy in relation to perimenopausal symptoms in 2017. The National Council for Hypnotherapy cite that clinical hypnotherapy is effective in reducing symptoms such as hot flashes, brain fog and fatigue.

Poor sleep is one of the most frequent health concerns among menopausal women. A recent study showed that hypnosis is a promising technique to improve sleep in menopausal women with sleep and hot flashes. 

Another scientific study showed that after a 12-week follow-up of hypnosis, reductions occurred in hot flushes from 74.16% to 17.13%.

It is a fantastic modality for those not wanting to take medication, but it also is a great adjunct alongside medication including HRT, anti-depressants, and medication for anxiety. It is a key part of the jigsaw puzzle for those wanting a holistic, full body/mind approach with no contraindications.

NURTURE WELLBEING, UPPER FLOORS, ARCADE HOUSE, AZURE THERAPY, 252 WHITLEY ROAD, WHITLEY BAY NE26 2TE

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