Transforming the world one tummy at a time: Helen's story
You’ve tried the low FODMAP diet, medication, every probiotic and prebiotic supplement out there but your tummy still doesn’t feel any better. Sounds like you?
You have tried it all but nothing has worked so far then hypnotherapy could be your answer.
Helen is a Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Degree in Applied Psychology and 18 years of experience who specialises in gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS.
Helen is lucky to have good gut health herself but she is very passionate about hypnotherapy for IBS and on a mission to transform the world one tummy at a time.
If you could change one thing about IBS, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about IBS it would be that everyone knowing that it is a disorder of the gut-brain axis and can be greatly improved by hypnotherapy.
How did you start ‘The Tummy Whisperer’?
I started the Tummy Whisperer because I know how many people are struggling with IBS and how effective a course of gut-directed hypnotherapy can be in reducing symptoms. It’s not Ok that so few people know this or can access effective treatment. I took it upon myself to create an online programme so people who need help can access my care and support from anywhere in the world. I have clients from Argentina to Singapore and Lithuania to the USA which is amazing. The work that I do is grounded in science, infused with empathy and guided by many years of experience. I have always been inspired by Professor Whorwells work and research.
What is hypnotherapy? And how can it help reduce IBS?
Hypnotherapy is a state of relaxation and focused awareness. In this state, the subconscious mind becomes more receptive to suggestions, images and metaphor. These create changes to the way we think, feel and behave. With gut-directed hypnotherapy, we are creating a change within the gut-brain communication. In turn, this reduces the hyperreactivity and hypersensitivity that causes pain, bloating, gas and bowel changes.
What’s your favourite thing about working with people who have IBS?
I love seeing the transformation in their symptoms and how this then changes their life. They are able to do things they couldn’t previously do anything from going out for dinner with friends or having a family holiday.
What are your top 3 tips for someone who struggles with IBS?
If diets and medication haven't worked for you don’t give up there is another way to ease symptoms.
Take time for yourself to wind down each day and deeply relax with a hypnosis audio
Use breathing techniques that can activate the body’s ‘rest and digest phase’
What’s your favourite way to relax after a busy day?
Snuggling up with my dog Woody on the sofa and watching TV.
Have you tried the Zemedy app yourself?
Zemedy is a great resource for those with IBS. It helps by reducing symptoms through CBT and relaxation techniques. The app gives the user a really good explanation of IBS and how and why a psychological approach works. For those who are self-motivated and committed to doing the tasks and using the tools, this will be an invaluable resource. A big well done to the team at Zemedy. In a world where psychological resources for those with IBS are lacking this goes a long way.
What’s next for you and ‘The Tummy Whisperer’?
I’m planning some exciting collaborations with others in the gut health arena this year. I’m also planning on a hug-fest with all my friends and family when it is safe to do so.
Where can people connect with you?
Are you interested in trying hypnotherapy for IBS? You can find two gut-directed hypnotherapy sessions in the Zemedy app. Let’s get that gut-brain axis flowing!