Rachel Reed loved horse riding, but after spending a lot of time riding her over-sensitive horse who spooked easily, her confidence was knocked.
Just over a year ago Rachel sadly had to put her horse to sleep. When she began riding her new horse, Wolfie, she realised just how much her confidence had been affected.
“While I was confident riding my old horse, I expected every other horse to do the same thing.
“I quickly found out that wasn’t the case, which was great, but I was held back by the fact I wasn’t able to trust my new horse and enjoy it. I was concerned that I was going to start passing on my issues to my new horse.”
In the past Rachel turned to hypnotherapy to help her overcome arachnophobia (a fear of spiders) and found it worked, so she decided to try it for her anxiety surrounding horse riding.
Explaining the sensation of being under hypnosis, Rachel says she was aware of everything that was going on, but was deeply relaxed. Rachel had one session of active hypnotherapy with Linda Johnson from Release Your Potential, and was then given several tools to use at home.
One of these tools was a ‘confidence button’ she could press on her hand. This action aims to help Rachel feel calm whenever she needs to.
As well as helping her change the way she thinks and deals with horse riding anxieties, Rachel says hypnotherapy has helped her in other aspects of her life too. She explains that the ‘what if’ scenarios are gone, and this is something she can relate to any part of her life that makes her feel anxious.
Linda Johnston says being put in a deep state of hypnosis turns off the body’s stress hormones. This makes it easy to access the subconscious and to change the way it would normally act.
“You can then use your conscious mind to overcome the autopilot that your sub-conscious automatically goes into when you’re in a stressful or a challenging situation. It is all about the way you think.”