Hypnotherapy is something I have never tried. It always sounds appealing though because on TV you see people quit smoking or stop overeating after undergoing hypnosis. But who has the time and money to commit to it and not have guaranteed results?
London hypnotherapist, Claire Benson, has created a series of downloads, called Hypnogogo, to be used when running to help your conscious and unconscious mind identify and achieve your goals. She asked me to give the Abundance recording a go. It is over an hour long and designed for a 10 km (6.2 miles) run.
I started listening to the recording on my Tube commute and found it useful in connecting to my body and identifying tension. The background music has a good beat and Claire's voice is clear and in good balance with the music.
After a few days, I took Hypnogogo out for a run. Normally on a run, my mind is all over the place- deciding how to attack the rest of my day, planning what I am going to eat when I get home, and where I am teaching the next day. Claire's voice and suggestions helped me think about my body- how I was carrying myself during my run and my breathing patterns. She focuses on your body and running for the first eight minutes and then encourages you to "run faster" as you should be sufficiently warmed up. I really like how the music even increased in tempo as you are told you can go faster.
Claire then suggests you think about what areas of your like you would like to improve and create abundance. Her voice is soothing and she helps you visualize your desires as you run. Throughout the recording she takes you back to your body to ensure it is still relaxed and running with ease.
The entire track is 1 hour and 20 minutes long. Even though it is designed for a run, you can listen to it any time as you drive, while walking, or on your commute (as I did). You do need to be able to pay attention to her words because that is where the positive thinking comes from. The last 15 minutes of the track feature the music bed without Claire's voice. It gives you an opportunity to finish your run and cool down at your own pace.
I enjoyed Hypnogogo: Abundance. I usually run to electronic music and found the music bed beats helpful with my pacing. The script was encouraging and made me think about relaxing my body as I ran. That alone is worth its weight in gold.
If you still aren't sure, check out Hypnogogo for a short sample of the tracks you can select from.
Claire Benson did not pay me for this review. She graciously sent me this podcast and all opinions are honest and my own. If you have a product you would like me to review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.