John McKenzie

About John McKenzie

John McKenzie is a trained clinical hypnotherapist working out of his office in Cheshire. He holds a Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma from the National Council for Hypnotherapy and adhere's to the Council's strict code of conduct.

Will a weighted blanket help me sleep?

You may have seen an advert for a weighted blanket, or seen a reference to one in a blog or forum. They’re supposed to help with sleep, and some people claim a lot more besides. But what is really going on? Do they work? And are they safe?

5 strategies to stay motivated

Some things we might want to do – lose significant weight, start a business, redecorate the house – are long term projects. So how can you stay motivated for such a long time?

8 reasons people lose motivation

Most of us can lose our motivation at some point – perhaps a task that seems too big to tackle, or one that’s taking more time to finish than planned. Whatever is happening though, there are at heart 8 reasons why people lose motivation.

6 ways to get motivated

Some people see their motivation as being like the weather – the best they can do is hope for favourable conditions. But here are 6 ways to actively get motivated.

Parcopresis – a case study

Marcus* was quite evasive on the phone when he rang me, but also wanted to know whether I’d ever treated his condition before, and so told me he had parcopresis. He was surprised when I knew that parcopresis is the medical term for ‘shy bowel’ and he arranged to come and see me.

Sleep paralysis – frightening at first

You’re drifting off to sleep when suddenly you find yourself unable to move and unable to speak. But what’s causing that mounting sense of dread? Is it the shadowy presence you can see in the room, or the weight pressing down on your chest?

Fecal transplant – a miracle cure?

It is perhaps the logical response to the effect of your gut on your mental health – a fecal transplant from a healthy donor. If you’re squeamish about the idea of using other peoples’ poo then probably best to give this blog a miss.

The link between your gut and mood

It’s not just messages about hunger or discomfort that the gut brain sends to your brain. There’s a fundamental link to mental health – between the health of your gut and mood.

Your second brain – the gut brain

We’re all familiar with our brain, and the idea of it being the control centre for our body. However, we’ve all got a second brain too – our gut brain.

Sleeping too much? A case study

It’s March, and towards the end of this month we’ll all put the clocks forward by an hour. A lot of people really miss that hour in bed, and most people feel they need more. For Phil* however things were very different – he wanted my help to stop sleeping as much.