Having struggled with trying to lose weight for a couple of years now, I'd come to realisation that the size 8-10 body of my teen years was gone for good. Although I'd found a happy balance with my mental health in recent years, my body confidence really had hit rock bottom when my weight had reached a spike. Since hitting my 20s, I'd put on quite a bit of weight over four year period (to a size 14-16) and despite my efforts, diets and exercise... It wasn't shifting.
With my body confidence becoming so low, my former love for fashion and beauty had disappeared and was starting to take toll on my mental health and I'd notice that my previous enthusiasm and passion to put together a fashionable outfit was non-existent. Friends and family had started to note differences from the 'old me' and I started to notice more and more negative changes that I felt it really was time I needed to focus on feeling happier in my own skin, starting with my weight.
Last year, I met Fiona Murphy, a Rapid Transformational Therapist (RTT) from Oakham who preforms hypnotherapy for people struggling with a range of issues with anything from chocolate addiction to weight management. Well, we got talking about the success of RTT and how it changes lives of thousands of people with the specialist practice of transformational hypnotherapy. I was intrigued...
But before I go into more detail about my personal experience, I interviewed Fiona to find out more about RTT and her business, Fiona Murphy Transformational Hypnotherapy.
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(Please consult your GP before you decide to undergo any weight loss treatment)
Please tell our readers a little bit more about yourself and your business, Fiona Murphy Transformational Therapy?
Fiona: After working in the Pharmaceutical Industry and the NHS for over 20 years and as result of personal experience with the Mental Health provision available I wanted to find a way to help those people who are struggling with a range of issues. People who are in any kind of pain - mentally and emotionally - need effective help and quickly. I have trained with Marisa Peer, who has been named Britain's Best Therapist, in her Rapid Transformational Therapy.
The type of transformational therapy you practice is Rapid Transformation Therapy, what is it and how does it work?
Fiona: Marisa Peer, my trainer and mentor, has developed and created this unique therapy over the last 30 years. It is a unique combination of hypnotherapy, CBT, NLP and psychotherapy which gives Clients phenomenal results and changes in their lives permanently. It works by finding the root cause of your issue and helping your mind deal with it so that it changes the way you think and feel about it forever.
Rapid Transformational Therapy is super effective and can help people with all kinds of concerns. What kind of concerns can you cover and whom can RTT benefit?
Fiona: Rapid Transformational Therapy is so effective because of the methods used. It has been used to resolve so many issues that rather than list them all I will give you the main areas I work in - specific issues please just ask! So the most areas I work in are weight management, anxiety & depression, stress, sleep issues, phobias, addictions and self-esteem/confidence and life purpose.
Each hypnotherapy session is unique but what can someone expect from a session? Do you need more than one session of RTT?
Fiona: You can expect a session to last around 90 minutes during which we work together uncovering the meaning and interpreting the events that come up and then changing them. This leads to a permanent and powerful change because RTT enables the mind to tell the body what to do, for example, heal itself using a technique called Command Cell Therapy, easily move away from addictions and turn fear into excitement. RTT can tell the body how to react and how to feel and it can alter and improve the messages the body sends to the mind so things like depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be permanently overcome.
If you are in emotional or physical pain you want rapid results. RTT aims to deliver permanent change in 1 to 3 sessions. By recognising and valuing the significance clients attach to their issues/problems it then offers a powerful emotional release for them. They can actually be free from pain.
My RTT hypnotherapy experience:
To be honest, I was intrigued, nervous and a little sceptical about my RTT hypnotherapy session with Fiona... I decided not to share the news with family and friends, as I didn't want anyone else's opinion or judgements about hypnotherapy or RTT to cloud my personal experience. I wanted to enter the session as open-minded as possible, hoping that after years of trying, perhaps this is the answer for me.
My session was held at the Yoga Box in Oakham which is super private and Fiona is one of the loveliest people. She made me feel instantly less nervous and so comfortable.
We had a little chat and catch up as it was a while since we'd last spoken. Fiona lit some incense which smelt divine and made sure I was comfortable on the bed with some blankets and water in case I need them.
Fiona gave me a rundown of the session, what it entails and what may or might not happen which was reassuring going into something which felt rather alien to me, but I then started to feel excited about what was to come...
She began the session and honestly the rest is a bit of blur, I remember mentally walking myself down a set of stairs slowly and feeling sleepy but aware at the same time. There was a moment she tapped me on the forehead which was to help me into hypnosis as Fiona has mentioned she may do if needed.
I remember Fiona asking some questions about my life, childhood, my relationship with food etc, but others not so much... It was a really strange experience and nothing like I've ever experienced before. Not a bad experience at all though, a bit similar to counselling/therapy but... different!
The only way I can explain is that you feel like you're floating. I could feel my body but I couldn't feel my arms or the table underneath me and it felt like my brain was somewhere else, but I wasn't asleep.
After what felt like 20 mins and was actually well over an hour, Fiona asked me to open my eyes when I was ready. I was 'back in the room', feeling exhausted and very thirsty which Fiona said was completely normal. It took me most of that day to feel normal again, I felt rather space out and really hungry!
The following day, Fiona checked in via email - which she does with all her patients. I explained I was feeling irritable and a little angry, which she said was completely normal. Her email also included my personal recording which I was to listen to every day for at least 21 days after my session with Fiona - this is a crucial part of the RTT process.
On the second and third day, I started to feel a rush of positivity and some excitement. I was listening to my recording in the evenings before bed and they are quite long so I had to pick the right time to fit it into my working day. Plus, after listening to my recording I felt rather sleepy, so the evenings worked better for me.
After the first couple of weeks, I had noticed a big change, my mindset had clearly shifted and I was getting excited about food preparation and cooking again - another one of my passions. I'm a vegetarian, and I love food! I was becoming more conscious of portion size, when I was full, what I was eating and how much/little I was eating.
Fiona checked in every week or so and it was lovely to have her there if I needed anything, had any questions or for reassurance. After the 21 days, I felt relieved in a way, and it was then I took a step back to think about the past 3 weeks, look at my body and see where I'd come.
The difference wasn't massive to most people, but to me it definitely was. It was from then on that my friends and family were starting to comment 'have you lost weight?' 'you look really good?' and - my favourite - 'where have you gone?'.
It's been over 3 months since my weight loss rapid transformation therapy with Fiona Murphy, and I can honestly say that I had no idea the impact this would have on my life. I've been doing light exercise after feeling motivated to join the gym a few months ago, however about 95% of my weight loss and new positive has definitely been down to a change in mindset from RTT and how that's impacted my diet.
Over the past 10 weeks, I've dropped nearly two dress sizes (but it does depend on where you shop these days) and I even managed to fit into a size 10 dress from H&M! My favourite denim skirt from Jack Wills looks so ridiculous that I can't even make it look okay with a belt.
I've noticed that my stomach has definitely shrunk and I've my usual portion sizes have probably halved... I've noticed that I'm more aware of what I'm eating and cooking, so much that I've often gone for the super healthy choice over a pizza or takeaway and afterwards realised I actually enjoyed it far more too.
I honestly can't go anywhere now without someone I haven't seen since before Christmas commenting on my weight loss. In myself, I told my partner the other day 'I've never felt better'. I've got so much energy and I'm smiling again, looking in the mirror, excited to try on new clothes and to go shopping... I'm not embarrassed to wear something tight fitting and in fact, I'm actually loving showing off a body I'm now proud of!
I can't thank Fiona enough... I feel like me again and before RTT, I couldn't remember the last time I did.
________________________________________ In January, I had hypnotherapy with yourself for concerns with my weight, and I found it an extremely unique experience, that I now feel has really changed my life for the better. Please tell us more about how weight-loss with RTT?
Fiona: Weight management is the most commonly requested issue for RTT. It is something that I have struggled with myself for years - I have tried all the slimming groups and spent literally thousands of pounds on diet supplements, meal replacements etc - all with the same outcome - the weight (and more) has come back. The reason is very simple - weight issues are very rarely just about the food you are putting in your body. RTT finds the root cause of your weight issue and I help you change the way you think and feel permanent which means that you change the way you think and feel about food without trying and so your weight adjusts accordingly and permanently - whether you need to gain or lose weight.
I would highly recommend RTT for someone who has concerns with their weight. Even after a couple of days, I felt a difference. Why is this form of therapy so successful for weight loss?
Fiona: RTT is successful for weight loss as it addresses the root cause of eating behaviour and changes them permanently. Everyone is unique and whether you need 1 session or 3 I support you before, during and after the sessions to help you achieve your goal whatever that may be. For example, one Client binged on chocolate ( 2 or 3 family size bars a day) they have not eaten it since. Another was consuming large quantities of Coke and Red Bull every day - about 2 litres - and again has not touched it since - they are coming up to a 1 year anniversary!
Please explain the initial process of how people can get in touch with you to find out more about RTT?
Fiona: People can either contact me through my Facebook Page Fiona Murphy Transformational Therapy or call me on 07840 779870 - website currently under construction! - for an initial consultation.
Finally - my favourite question - What do you love about owning a business in Rutland and living in the area? What does it mean to you?
Fiona: As they say, if you love what you do you never have to work again! RTT is that for me - I am privileged to make a difference to people and their lives where ever they may be. I see my Clients here in Oakham as well as online for others who are further away - not just in the UK but in Europe, Middle East, USA, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Having grown up in London and worked in all the major cities I love living in Rutland and appreciate being surrounded by our beautiful countryside - and whilst Rutland is still a bit of a best kept secret it's close enough to London and other cities to go there for the day if I need to. I also appreciate the sense of community you get from living in the smallest county - it helps fill our need to feel connected.
Over a month after my session of RTT, I messaged Fiona and said 'you've changed my life' and it really has. This is only the beginning of my body confidence journey but I really do feel I have her and RTT to thank, I've never felt better!
If you would like to speak to Fiona about Rapid Transformational Therapy or how her services can help you, drop her an Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her Facebook Page for more information.
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