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I have bought several of Glenn Harrolds audio hypnosis programmes in the past and always found them to be a big help with relaxation. I'm always nervous about using things like this, which doesn't realy help with the whole relaxation thing, but the fact that the seller in waterstones where I bought my first tape told me that he was their biggest selling self help writer made me think it was worth a try!
I have to be able to like someones voice to help me relax. Tapes I have tried in the past with annoying accents or even a patronising tone have made me more stressed than relaxed and so I was relieved to find that Glenn has just the slightest hint of an accent and a soothing and melodic tone of voice which is very easy to listen to. The recording seems very well made, as does the music in the background and the whole experience is reassuringly professional.
As for helping with phobias, I think you would need to listen to this tape on a reglar basis and realy practise the visualisation but changing the way you think about something, while completely relaxing, has got to make a difference and so I think this recording is excellent for calming and soothing you into being able to face your fears.
I really recommend this recording, as well as the rest of Glenn Harrolds range.
Ok, firstly a bit of background. I've been a qualified hypnotherapist for 10 years now, I know how effective it is and I've treated countless people for a variety of problems in that time with alot of success. The problem with being a hypnotherapist is if you need hypnosis you can't do a session for yourself. You can relax with self-hypnosis but once you've relaxed your conscious mind you can't then give yourself the images and suggestions necessary. The other problem is that as a hypnotherapist you can easily unpick any suggestions put in there so you have to try not to think about the session afterwards. Those problems lead me to have to use CD's like this one or book in with a therapist if I personally need help.
Another issue is variations in technique. If someone uses a technique I don't like it isn't going to do anything for me except irritate me so it's a bit of a challenge finding something to use that I like.
So why did I need this CD? It's a story that stems back 5 years. 5 years ago I started with terrible back problems that I still have today. After a year of constant pain I asked my GP for a referral for an MRI and after being refused one, then saying I'd pay for it and the appointment being made quick smart (that's another review though!) I found I had a choice of hospitals. Being claustrophobic I searched to no avail for an open MRI machine in the area. Realising there weren't any I then opted for a hospital that boasted a "less claustrophobic" machine because the tube itself was shorter than other machines. I booked in at this hospital and looked at pictures of MRI machines online to try and prepare.
The day came for my scan and I travelled there without any nerve problems, changed into the gown and filled out the forms ok. I then got taken into the room with the machine, saw the tiny tube I'd have to go through head first and my legs turned to jelly, my heart was beating as fast as a birds, my mouth was dry and I broke into a cold sweat of terror. I suspect I was on the edge of a panic attack but I tried not to show it. I got on the table, was given the call device to hold and told to close my eyes on the way in if it helped.
I closed my eyes, the table started moving and as the very top of my head entered the machine I panicked, jumped off the table, threw the call device at the poor nurse and stood panting and shaking at the other side of the room wailing I couldn't go in. Very embarrassing as I'm not like that at all normally!
The nurse gave me a few minutes but I was seriously wound up. We tried again with the same result and it was on the third try I finally went in. I panicked all the way through the scan and thought I might throw up which made me worse because where was I supposed to throw up in a tube that sat just above my face?! I got slightly worse when they announced through the headset I'd be coming out in a minute, the mere thought of going back through the tube set me off again.
Afterwards I shook uncontrollably for an hour but as it was over and done with I also felt relieved.
A year later imagine my horror when my GP said I needed another scan. This time I couldn't pay for it so I had to use whatever machine they had on the mobile unit. I lived in denial for the first few weeks than had nightmares for the few nights before the scan and when I got there I was shaking as I filled in the paperwork to the degree the nurse asked if I thought I was going to be able to go in the machine.
She took me into the MRI room and to my absolute terror I realised the tube was much longer this time so my entire body and face would be trapped in there. I started the shaking, sweating, gibbering routine before I even got on the table and the same thing happened again. It took 3 tries to get me in the machine, I shook all the way through so I have no idea how they managed to get clear pictures and felt physically sick at the thought of coming back out through the tube. Anyone who's ever had an MRI will know how small those machines are and I'm only 8 and a half stone so if I'd been any bigger I would have been touching the tube itself.
Afterwards I shook uncontrollably for 2 hours. I vowed I would never have another MRI done no matter what as my phobia and fear of them was seemingly getting worse.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago and an Orthopaedic Consultant announces I need an MRI. I started shaking as he said it and tried my best to get out of it but he was having no excuses and sent the referral away.
The first appointment I was offered I declined, I was that afraid. The next one I accepted and realised I had to do something to get me through this scan without the problems of the last two. So onto Amazon I went and in the search results was this CD called Overcome Fears & Phobias by Glenn Harrold. It cost a mere £7.77 so I bought one.
I think I've read a review about a book by Glenn Harrold here on dooyoo but I have never heard his hypnosis style so I wasn't sure this would help.
About a week later, and less than one week before my scan, the CD arrived. It is split into 2 sessions, the first is relaxation and the second is taking control of your fear. I actually found this annoying because the first session relaxes the patient but then he wakes them up again only to put them straight back under for the control session. Personally I combine the two so you only have to go under once.
He uses a very similar method to me, you visualise what you are trying to overcome and feel the terror you felt but in a controlled way where you are of course safe. Then you change the image in certain ways and how you feel about it. It's a very simple and effective method I've done hundreds of times for various phobias. This CD can be used for any phobia or fear as you put your own images in there. The fact he used the same method as me reassured me.
Another thing I found really annoying was the way at times his voice panned from one ear to the other, it's not relaxing Glenn it's downright irritating! However as this only happened a couple of times each session I could let it go. His voice itself has only a slight accent that isn't a problem, you'd be surprised how picky us hypnotherapists can be when it's us on the receiving end!!
I listened to the CD without attempting hypnosis first and established his voice was fine for me, the points mentioned above I could live with and the couple of times I felt he was rushing wouldn't bother me much. I also decided to skip the first session as I can put myself into an hypnotic state quickly using self-hypnosis for relaxation. The 2 session style worked well for me but for those who can't put themselves under it's not the best way to do it in my opinion.
So I relaxed myself and listened to session 2 and tried to take control of my MRI fear. I listened to it twice in the few days I had before my scan and hoped I didn't unpick it before the day. Normally a phobia can be cured in one session so if you buy this one listen to it will most likely sort your problem out.
So the day of the scan arrived. It was on Monday 11th May. I had someone drive me there so I didn't make an excuse and not go and I chatted happily with him (my brother) on the way. I booked in and waited and still felt calm but then I hadn't seen the horrible machine yet! The nurse collected me and I found myself warning her about the previous disastrous 2 scans just in case she took offence at having the call device thrown at her!
I filled in the paperwork and noticed my hands weren't shaking at all. But I still hadn't seen the machine...
She took me into the MRI room and I gave the machine a good long hard stare to show it who was boss. It didn't phase me at all, it looked as cramped as always but I had no raised heartbeat, no legs like jelly and no near panic attack.
I laid on the table, looked once behind me at the tube and said "let's do it". Closed my eyes, went in first time, didn't even panic when we stopped midway in to align the table and opened my eyes the other end to find the machine right in my face but no panic. I spend the next 15 minutes with a big grin on my face and trying to resist letting out a celebratory whoop!
Time to come back through the tube and I had not even a hint of anxiety. Out the other end and the nurse is looking at me like I pretend I'm claustrophobic for attention so I collect my things, thank them and leave. On steady legs!
My brother looked worried as I approached him, he's not used to seeing me anything but totally in control but he quickly realised I wasn't going to swoon like a silly little woman and relaxed.
I sent out texts to show off about my bravery on the way home and felt so proud I could have popped! It really did the trick for me, there's no way it was anything else with the reaction I'd previously had to the "tube of doom" so I do really recommend this (if you can't get to see me of course!!).
I'm lopping off a star for the strange 2 session arrangement, the panning from ear to ear and the slight rushing at times but anyone who isn't a hypnotherapist probably wouldn't really notice those. If it can get me through an MRI totally calm it can cure any fear or phobia!
This superb high quality 2-track hypnotherapy CD by Glenn Harrold, combines powerful clinical hypnotherapy techniques with state of the art digital recording technology. This title is part of the highly successful "Diviniti Publishing Hypnosis" range which has sold over 500,000 units and is now well established as the UK's best selling self-help audio range.This high quality CD will help you connect with a deep feeling of inner peace and calm. On both 30 minute hypnosis tracks Glenn's soothing voice will guide you into a completely relaxed state of mind & body. You will also hear hypnotic echoed background affirmations panning from left to right across the stereo range and subtle background sound effects recorded at certain frequencies and in specific keys to enhance the deep relaxation effect.In this very receptive relaxed state, you will be given a number of post hypnotic suggestions and carefully layered affirmations. This deeply relaxing method of delivering multiple suggestions simultaneously to the unconscious mind can facilitate positive changes very quickly. At the end of each track you will be gently brought back to full waking consciousness with a combination of suggestion and music. There are also a number of positive subliminal suggestions (listed in the booklet) which are embedded in the fade out music to facilitate the overall effect.