If your knees or back won't cope with skiing anymore, or you want to try an alternative, here it is!
If you have finally decided that skiing is just too difficult or you are just too fearful to carry on trying anymore or your knees won't take the strain, but you still want to enjoy the slopes and everything else that a ski holiday offers, this is the alternative for you.
Advantages: very short learning curve of 2 hours, no previous experience needed, no special equipment (just usual ski gear and ski boots), and you can use them in any resort worldwide that accepts them. If there is no hire shop in the resort of your choice, but they are accepted on the slopes and lifts, the bikes can be transported to your hotel, or lodgings, from a central depot in Austria for a small fee. If you want to check out which resorts are bike-friendly, and which offer renting and tuition, go to the 'English' version.
Some of the contacts on the list are out of date, so email the contact first, check where you hire from and the costs involved. ( Brenter website here)
You then need to contact the Tourist Office of the resort and the Lift Companies and keep all the emails that say you can use the lifts and runs and take them with you.
Laws do change and a resort that may have been bike-friendly one year, may not be the next season!
Sometimes the bikes are accepted on chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars, but not T-bars and Button drags, so do some research, the tourist office websites usually have all the contact details and I have always found them very helpful.
From our own personal experience, we learnt to use Brenter Snowbikes in Obertauern, Austria, it's one of Austria's highest resorts, with a really good snow record from October to May. In this resort all the lift attendants are very obliging, even slowing lifts down if you are new to biking, but beware of flat areas, these are labour-intensive wearing small skis, and having a bike to push...but this applies to all resorts! Another good resort for meeting up with other Snowbikers/Skibobbers is Sölden.
Although there are other Snowbikes, Ski bikes and Skibobs, we can only recommend the Brenter C4 and the upgraded C6, as these are the only ones we have personal experience of.
It does what it says on the packet, and is very easy to collapse down. Make sure you use a style that has the small footskis, otherwise you will not be allowed to use most of the lifts at all. Lifts in winter are geared for skiers, not foot passengers (or Peggers - riders that don't use footskis)
Wherever you go to use a bike, you will need to produce a license to prove you have reached a safe level of competence using the lifts and on the runs; this license will be issued on completion of your course. On production of this license, you will able to hire and use Brenter Snowbikes anywhere in the world subject to the ski resort regulations.
Check out Stalmach Skibobs as an alternative but they are considered more for professional racers!
Images below of Brenter Snowbike
Is Hypnotherapy suitable for Children?
Therapists of all types, in the UK, are not allowed to treat or work with children under the age of 16 unless they have undergone specific training to do so. They would also need to have gone through the Government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in the UK, who are able to provide information about an individual as to whether or not he or she has a criminal conviction or has been charged with a criminal conviction which has expired. There are special regulations with regards to working with children and unless these are complied with, their Public liability insurance (that all therapists need to have) may not cover them for seeing children.
I would not advise Hypnotherapy for anyone under 16 because Children's brains are not fully developed, they do not think and feel the same as adults, their cognition and awareness of their own emotions are not fully developed.
Face-to-Face Hypnotherapy or Self-Hypnosis could therefore, be very upsetting and unsettling for a child as they do not have the same understanding of complex, abstract concepts, ideas, emotions or even a full command of the English language as adults do.
If your child is suffering with emotional issues, seek the advice of your GP. If you are really worried, suggest that your child sees a Child Psychologist; before you embark on any-self help remedies that may make the situation worse.
Learn to help yourself through depression
1) Know about your condition – what you know about your depression will have an effect on how well you respond to treatment. Start with self-help.
2) Get deep rest – It may not feel like it, but depression is exhausting, where over-dreaming caused by depressive thinking styles, doesn’t allow the body to recover correctly. So it’s very important to relax correctly and deeply. Getting back your energy and understanding how the body works are vitally important.
3) Search for ways how to help yourself with your depression to lessen the impact of the outward emotions of it, such as anger and anxiety. Together with getting proper rest, being able to relax is really important. Much harder than it seems, and Self-Hypnosis can teach you maintain a regular routine of relaxation both mentally and physically.
4) Look for ways to assess and monitor your depressive periods – The way depression makes us adopt an all or nothing thinking, is a unique and important part of understanding depression. The way depression makes us generate seemingly hopeless outcomes to situations, can make it almost impossible to see how we can get out of it.
5) Find ways how to help yourself with depression by assessing your depression. This will help to show the shades of grey that will ultimately beat the black and white thinking on which depression thrives. This can often done in the form of a diary, where you grade how bad your days are on a 1 to 10 scale, where 1 is the worst and 10 is the best. Then, after 14 days or so, you can revisit and see how things have altered over that time.
6) Take exercise if you can. If you can increase the amount of physical exertion you get, it can be a great self-help for depression. The results of the physical exertion will give you a break from your depression for a while at least, in addition to the other benefits you will get by exercising. (As always, consult your doctor before starting any strenuous exercise regime.)
7) Cut down on rumination. Do anything you can to lessen the amount of rumination you are doing. If possible, make a decision to put off difficult decisions for 7-14 days while you get your energy back.
Ways to cut down rumination are to:
a) Read books when you have nothing else to do, to occupy your mind. (Make them exciting novels, not romance or self-help books!)
b) Do exercise (see 5 above)
c) Work if you can.
Basically, anything that keeps your mind focused and away from your problems for a while. This is not ‘avoidance’; it is simply giving you a chance to recover.
8. Do what you like doing.
Do what you used to take pleasure from, even if now is not particularly the right time. Even finish small tasks at home if you don’t feel like meeting other people. Seemingly mundane tasks, if they have an end result, can leave you feeling satisfied, and actually increase your serotonin levels!
Relaxing therapies help in overcoming some of the other issues that can happen with depression. The effects of anxiety attacks, anxiety and anger, etc can be lessened and overcome with the ability to relax correctly.
Remember, Self-Hypnosis is a strong self-help tool for implementing changes within your life. It is easy, effective, and non-invasive and produces long-term changes, and can be used by almost all of us.
By using self-hypnosis pre-recorded material such as a CDs and mp3 download, you will always have a full Hypnotherapy session available that can be used whenever needed, as often as you need to. It’s as easy as that.
Take a look at our Self-Hypnosis session for Depression HERE
Control your IBS symptoms with Self-Hypnosis
For some, help for IBS can be aided by sticking to strict dietary limitations, but this does not work for everyone and is not always easy to maintain.
With Self Hypnosis to you can learn how to change the way your body feels and works, reducing irritation, a bloated stomach, and stomach ache. You will learn how to use your own unconscious resources to relax your stomach, and intestines, and soothe the spasms, reducing the feelings of bloating and improving the natural flow of body waste.
The visualisations used during the state of hypnosis will teach you to control your IBS rather than it control you. When you have learnt how to relax, and control the symptoms yourself, they will disappear or reduce so dramatically that they won’t affect you.
After using Hypnosis for IBS regularly, you will feel more confident to regain your life, and start enjoying things you never thought you could. Taking back the control you had lost.
There is growing and compelling proof that hypnosis is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Recently, studies have demonstrated that hypnotherapy has beneficial effects that last a long time, with most patients maintaining improvement, and with decreased consultation and medication needed long term. The particular gut directed approach used, aimed at normalizing and controlling gut function, is also described. While the mechanisms of how hypnosis brings about its therapeutic effect are not totally known, changes in colonic motility and rectal sensitivity have been demonstrated, although changes in central processing and psychological effects may also play a part”.
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Remember, Self-Hypnosis is a powerful self-help method for starting to make change within your life. It is simple, effective, and non-invasive, produces long-term alterations, and can be used by almost everyone.
SELF HYPNOSIS FOR IBS
Retail Therapy is not always a Fix
It has been reported that a Study conducted by Monika Lisjak of the Erasmus University, Andrea Bonezzi of New York University, Soo Kim of Cornell University, and Derek Rucker of Northwestern that indulging in retail therapy can actually make you feel worse, because buying flashy, luxury items to try boost your feelings of self-worth may remind you of your shortcomings
The study also found that treating yourself makes it more likely that you will dwell on problems and trying to boost your feelings of self-worth with products can affect your ‘ability to exert self-control’
They said: “When consumers experience a psychological threat to how they would like to see themselves, buying products that signal accomplishment in the same area of their life could ironically cause them to dwell on their shortcomings. “This can strip consumers of their mental resources and impair their self-control.”
“After experiencing a setback in one area of their life, consumers might be better off boosting their sense of self in a different area of their life rather than indulging in retail therapy
If feel as though your shopping and spending habits are out of control, why not try our Self-Hypnosis session for Shopping Addiction and get back in control of your spending. Instead boost your confidence from within, using your mind to create a positive mental attitude to life.
Self-Hypnosis for Shopping and Spending Addiction
Safe Weight Loss with Gastric Banding Hypnosis
Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, includes several procedures performed on people who are obese. The size of the stomach is reduced by implanting a medical device
When using a hypnotic gastric band, you will hear suggestions, guided imagery and hypnotherapy techniques, which can reproduce all the physical benefits of Gastric Banding just as though it has been performed in the operating theatre.
After using Gastric Band Hypnosis session you will actually feel feel as though you have actually undergone surgery, but of course without any of the discomfort, pain and health risks of actual surgery.After using the hypnotic gastric band you should find that you are content with small portions of food, and larger meals will make you uncomfortable, and if you ignore the subconscious message that tells you, you have “eaten enough” you may feel sick and actually vomit. The power of your unconscious mind can cause strong reactions and Hypnotherapy taps into this phenomenon.
All memories of the hypnotic gastric band operation should stay with you so that you are always aware of your smaller stomach, and the impact this will have on how you eat. The whole Virtual hypnotic gastric band is painless, very relaxing, but at the same time realistic and effective.
This form of therapy, for some, has actually been more successful than the real thing, with the added assurance that there are no medical complications, drugs or side effects. In 2009 it was reported in The Daily Mail that a mother with 3 children lost 56 pounds using this method.
It can cost more than £7,000 to have an actual gastric band fitted privately and it is only available on the NHS in extreme circumstances or where all other attempts to lose weight have proved futile. The surgery involves fitting a band around part of the stomach therefore slowing the passage of food so restricts the capacity of the stomach.
With our hypnotic gastric band session, there is the added benefit of relaxing music at specific points, helping the listener to relax even more, and absorb the information whilst the therapist guides the listener with gentle suggestions, positive language, and life changing imagery.
During Hypnotherapy, whether using a CD or mp3 download, or face-to-face, rest assured that you are the one in control, able to wake up if you need to and attend to anything that you need to. Hypnotherapy won’t force you to do something or say something that you would not normally say or do, and it won’t try to coerce you into doing so.
For your Gastric Band session CLICK HERE
How can I be more Confident?
To be more confident, try changing the way you think about yourself. You can re frame your negative thoughts about yourself into positive ones that support you instead of tearing you down. The following exercise will help you re frame your negative mental “snapshots” of yourself – replacing the dreary, old frame that surrounds each thought with a bright, shiny new one.To be more confident, try changing the way you think about yourself. You can re frame your negative thoughts about yourself into positive ones that support you instead of tearing you down. The following exercise will help you re frame your negative mental “snapshots” of yourself – replacing the dreary, old frame that surrounds each thought with a bright, shiny new one.
4 Top Tips To be more Confident
1 List the positives
Write a list of all the positive things about yourself – all the things you like, things people have complimented you on, your strengths, talents, and abilities, positive aspects of your character, appearance, etc. Write down everything you can think of.
2 List the negatives
Next, write a list of things you’d like to improve about yourself, or that are still “in process” – things you don’t like about yourself, etc.
3 Re frame the negatives
Now go through the list from #2 and – on a new sheet of paper – write a new positive version for each that “re frames” it in a self-supporting, self-encouraging way, (for example, if you wrote “I can’t jump higher than 2 feet,” you might write the new version of “I’ve increased my jumping ability by 6 inches during the last year” or “I can jump with more accuracy than I could 2 months ago.” Another example might be if you wrote “I don’t like my face,” you might rewrite it as “my nose gives me a wonderful, unique character all my own” or “my eyes convey my beauty and love very clearly.”
Make sure that you are still being honest in the new version you write – only write things that you honestly feel. In some cases, you may need to be creative to find the “silver lining.”
4 Release the negatives
When you are finished, tear up or burn your old list from #2 (to symbolically release the negatives), and keep your original list of positives (from #1) and your new “reframed” list (from #3) to review periodically to help keep your self-esteem on track.
Keep in mind that the idea of this exercise is not to reject your self-criticisms, but to first acknowledge them, and then use them as a springboard into a more positive, productive way of thinking about yourself. Self Hypnosis can be a great tool to help you to be more confident.
We have a Self-Hypnosis session for Building Self-Confidence