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  1. Can Skype Hypnotherapy help with IBS Symptoms?

    A new study has confirmed that having hypnosis on Skype can make a real difference to IBS sufferers.

    The Study: Skype hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome: effectiveness and comparison with face to face treatment" is published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

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    The lead in the study is Professor Peter Whorwell, who is well known for his work in helping patients with IBS and for his advocacy of Hypnotherapy in helping to treat symptoms.  As many sufferers know stress and anxiety can make symptoms much worse and by learning to let go and relax at first, and then to imagine exactly how you want things to be in relation to your gut, you can make a real difference to your life.

    So is Skype hypnotherapy an effective treatment for IBS ?

    The new study is published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental HypnosisThis study was with 20 patients who had the hypnotherapy for IBS treatment via Skype and was led by Professor Peter Whorwell a gastroenterologist at Wythenshawe Hospital, The University of Manchester

    As reported: “The patients in his study received 12 hypnotherapy sessions in total: the first was face to face with the remaining 11 sessions delivered via Skype. Before the treatment, 65% had severe IBS pre-treatment with the remaining 35% having moderate IBS. After the Skype sessions, 25% of were classed as having severe IBS, 40% moderate IBS and the remaining 35% mild IBS. All the patients enjoyed significant improvements in their IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and bowel function. In addition, other symptoms commonly seen in IBS improved such as nausea, headaches, heartburn, low backache, constant lethargy, chest pain and bladder problems. Quality of life, and any anxiety or depression also improved.”

    Interestingly when compared to an earlier study of 1000 patients who had face to face hypnotherapy at the clinic run by Professor Whorwell, the online treatment was only slightly less effective.

    You can read all about Professor Whorwell and his work in much more detail here:


    This includes all the information about how the NHS in the UK has conducted much more research than you may imagine.

    How Could Skype Hypnosis for IBS help me?

    One of the advantages of being able to work on Skype is that you can have sessions in the comfort of your own home. The worries about leaving home that can make things worse can be left behind. When I work with hypnotherapy to help people with IBS symptoms I always make sure that they have recordings that they can listen to at home. This can make a really big difference in the way that you are able to learn to let go, visualise and relax. In fact in the study just undertake it was noted that 71% of the subjects said they would not have been able to have the treatment if they needed to travel. This of course also helps more elderly clients who perhaps do not have the mobility of facility to travel as well as younger clients too.

    If you would like to read more about Hypnotherapy for IBS you can find out how I work with my clients here:


    And you can watch a video all about how Skype Hypnotherapy works here: https://www.markpowlett.co.uk/skypehypnotherapy.html

    You can email me on [email protected]

  2. In the UK if you talk about celebrity hypnotherapists then the first name that comes to mind is probably Paul McKenna, but in the USA there is another name. The Daily Mail has reported the story of the Hypnotist to the stars and you won’t believe how much she charges Hollywood celebrities for hypnosis sessions!

     Mail Online Kimberly Friedmutter interview

    According to the Mail she works with stars like Sharon Stone and Knight rider David Hasselhoff and charges up to $25,000 to help them lose weight, quit smoking and even improve their sex lives. Most people are probably seeing her for stress and anxiety by the sounds of the interview but that isn't quite such a salacious headline of course!

    Hypnotherapist to the stars of screen and tv Kimberly Friedmutter sat down with DailyMailTV for an exclusive interview 

    Kimberly is based in Las Vegas, has worked with A-list actors, including Sharon Stone, David Hasselhoff, musicians, billionaires, CEOs and leading politicians


    What are Kimberley Friedmutter’s fees? Well she charges her high-performing clientele $1,000 an hour while her full program is a minimum of $25,000


    She wasn’t always a hypnotist though she started out as an Original Victoria's Secret model and she now lives in a  $5 million mansion just outside Las Vegas.

    Although she signs NDAs with most - those who have been vocal about her include Sharon Stone, David Hasselhoff and socialite Jacqueline Siegel, also known as The Queen of Versailles.

    'I'm known as the hypnotist to the stars, because yes Hollywood does have problems and when they have problems they come to me,' Kimberly explained to the Mail.

    But with other big name celebrity supporters including the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Martha Stewart, Mike Tyson, Quincy Jones and George Lopez, her services are in high demand.

    'Really the biggest issues are a fear of flying, that's a big one, especially after 9/11 my practice really increased with that as an issue. Eating disorders are another very big issue for my practice, weight loss, apathy to action, getting to the gym. Another really interesting issue is when a client will be appearing nude on screen or partially clothed or against someone as a co-star who is very beautiful or fit. I guess it's FOMO (fear of missing out), they don't want to miss out on being in the perfect shape for the film. So it's a form of body dysmorphia. It's a very serious thing because you have to change the client's perception of their own body when they look in the mirror.'

    Kimberly also explains that she often gets more input from a client's spouse than the client themselves.

    'Whether it's your Hollywood stars or your CEO, sometimes I will get a call from the spouse saying, "hey while you're in there could you please make them be on time, could you please make them stop shopping, could you please help them love me more," maybe there's more sex, I actually have a longer list from the spouse than I have from the client.

    'If they've come for one thing there might be 10 things we're working on by the time they leave.'

    Kimberly says one actor came to her and asked if they could be hypnotized so they didn't fall in love on set.

    'You often hear of the co-star falls in love with the co-star and that can create a lot of problems for some people,' she says.

    Kimberly runs her private practice from her impressive $5 million home about 20 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.

    Kimberly claims that some of her more high profile clients bring their personal physicians along to sit in on her sessions.

    'I've even had politician's aides sit in so that they won't divulge anything. Those are the types of things I contend with,' she says.

    'These people are super super smart, they are already enlightened but they're coming to me for that fine tuning and that final touch.'

    She's also rubbed shoulders with Hollywood actress Jane Seymour and Shark Tank investor and Dallas Maverick's owner Mark Cuban.

    She stops short of revealing who has sat down in her hypnosis chair, however.

    Should Kimberly's wealthy clients need her by their side on their travels the hypnotherapist jumps on a private jet to join them anywhere in the world.

    She says it helps that she understands the demands her high profile clients face.

    She also explains that her skill is a 'lot less hocus pocus' and more science and art.

    Kimberly also says she's not a stage show hypnotist so can't snap her fingers to make an instant change in someone's life.

    'Hypnosis is a lot like meditation, people don't really understand what it is, but it's simply moving the consciousness away from the subconscious, so that the subconscious can participate in the conversation,' Kimberly explains.

    'So for example if your phone is ringing or you're running after your children or whatever the case is, you're very conscious, but when all that is set aside and you're relaxed and everything is calm and cool in your world, then all of a sudden you can listen, there's a quietude about you.

     Being a Hypnotherapist who works in the UK and more often than not with people who are not celebrity clients it is very interesting to read about how things can work across the pond. If you don’t have $25000 then you may not be surprised to hear that you can get help for your problems from many qualified people here in the UK without having to break the bank.

    You can read all about me and how I work here: Mark Powlett Hypnotherapy