Paul Farquhar is a hypnotherapist based in Blackpool, Lancashire. He runs a successful e-commerce company selling food supplements
At the invitation of Dr Tom Gilhooly and Ted Heath, I was privileged to spend two days watching Ted perform his hypnosis treatments on a variety of MS clients at the Essential Health Clinic in Rutherglen, Glasgow (Website).
I am grateful to the clients who allowed me to sit in on the sessions in order to learn from Ted's expertise.
First, Ted explained how hypnosis works, as is usual with clients unsure about hypnosis. Many people think that you are at the 'mercy' of the hypnotist, having to obey their every command; the reality is so far from this that it amazes them. Hypnosis (or relaxed trance states) is a heightened state of awareness. You are aware of everything that is happening and being said to you, but can enjoy the deep relaxation as the changes take place (and changes did take place, even when the vacuum cleaner was being used on the stairs outside the clinic!) Next, the clients were invited to relax into the chair, close their eyes and listen to Ted whilst he took them on a wonderful journey to their special place of relaxation, where they could learn to control the parts of their body that needed extra 'encouragement'. Ted also showed them new 'methods' of walking; All of this was achieved whilst in the deep relaxed state.
After people were brought from their personal journey to full awareness and alertness,everyone mentioned the wonderful feelings they had experienced, their awareness of everything being said, and their knowledge that they could open their eyes whenever they wanted to. However, who would want to when the experience was so lovely and rewarding?
I am fortunate to have been trained by Paul McKenna, Richard Bandler, Geoffrey Lee and others. I am trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and have also successfully completed the level of NLP Practitioner and Reiki Practitioner.
At one point during the session, Ted turned to me and asked what he could learn from Paul McKenna. I laughed and said "nothing that I can think of, but I'm sure you could show him or two things!"
It has been a pleasure and privilege to be shown some of Ted's techniques and to benefit from his experiences, especially those of working with MS patients. I hope to do Ted justice in the years to come, as I build on what I have learned in an amazing two days.
Keep up your amazing work Ted, the world needs people like you.