Category Archives: Hypnosis

Hypnosis for Dentists in Istanbul

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If you want pain free visits to the dentist, then Istanbul in Turkey could be the place to go.

I gave a recent course in a very windy Istanbul over three days for a group of dentists, who wanted to learn how they could use hypnosis in their work with their patients to reduce pain and help them relax.

We certainly proved that they could all induce a hypnotic trance quickly on their partner, thus to allow pressure to be exerted on a sensitive part of the hand to induce pain, which was not felt by the partner.

Hypnosis for Dentists in Istanbul

Participants pain control with hypnosis

Missing days

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Over the last month I have been very busy, traveling, giving training, getting trained, working and trying to relax.

Thank you for all your messages, asking if I was still about, what was happening to me.

It has been a strange time. It has had its’ ups and downs. But during these last few weeks I must admit that I have not been one hundred percent. A very strange situation.

Perhaps my experiences may help others in a similar state or situation.

A couple of years ago in Southern Turkey I was asked to do a scuba dive, (visit to see some of my diving pictures ) which much to my embarrassment, did not go well. This resulted in taking myself to the doctors in the UK for a medical check. See More on noticing Feedback – continued

I had certain symptoms, aches in my neck and jaw on occasions, excessive sweating, light headed, but I had dismissed these as being over weight, lack of exercise, and being unfit.

My doctors smelt a rat, (I will explain in another blog the meaning), and sent me for many tests, which led to them discovering a problem with the old heart, resulting with a stent being inserted, a coronary angioplasty.

I was told that I would have to take tablets to control blood pressure, the viscosity or thickness of the blood, the heart beat and my cholesterol levels. I would have to modify my diet and exercise regime. I would need to change my way of life.

These tablets were Asprin, Clopidogrel, Bendroflumethiazide, Simvastatin and Atenolol.

At the outset my blood was so thin that when I bled from a small cut, it would not clot, it would not heal for a long time. At one time in Turkey I had an ear bleed in the middle of the night which would not stop for a long time. When it did, the resultant clot of blood produced a plug in the ear which I could not remove, and it took a lot of insistence on my part to get specialised medical help to get it out, some six months plus later.

I stopped taking the Clopidogrel after one year which meant that my blood was allowed to thicken up.

My problems did not stop my work. I put more effort into my presentations, my trainings and just got on with life.

But, as I teach in my courses, the brain is just a piece of meat, run by electricity and chemicals, get the levels or the combinations wrong, and we are in trouble.

The drugs above I am taking are taking a toll on the functionality, the working of my brain.

My personality has changed I am sure. My ability to stay calm has been reduced, my memory ability has changed.

I know of these changes. I do not like them, and I can tell when these changes are happening, but I have the ability to make compensations, to make myself calm, not to loose my coolness, to find new ways to enhance the memory.

Some months ago I had a problem with my eyes, maybe resulting from the drugs, see The most precious thing in life, sight , and I had to seek emergancy hospital assistance. So, with the input from knowing what had happened from the medical practitioners, I had to find a way around that problem, so much so that it has put itself right, as was acknowledged in a hospital check-up visit two days ago.

But, on a recent visit to the doctors to renew the drug prescription above, the doctor asked me questions which resulted in him increasing the doze of Atenolol. Twice the amount.

It was not long before I realised how much the increase in the drug was having on my body and brain.

Measuring my heart beat now, it is 48 beats per minute, a normal male should be 74 bpm. I have slowed down. No wonder I have to push myself so much.

But the worse thing is my memory. My short term memory has gone wild, sometimes I can remember and sometimes I cannot, not even what I have just spocken about or done. It is very strange, and I know it is happening. I have had to find a way to compensate for it, to find a strategy to place short term memory in my consciousness. And, I have a strategy, I can cope.

Talking to medical professionals, these symptoms can be experienced by people taking Atenolol, many patients refusing to take the drug. So under advice of my doctor I will reduce the strength of Atenolol.

So if you know of someone dear to you, a work colleague or you yourself taking a drug, especially Atenolol, please be aware of the effects it can have on the functionality of the brain, the memory.

Now where did I put my shoes? I have to go for a walk, my daily exercise.

Two Phillip Holt’s

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Over the last couple of days, news has come to me that I am in two places at the same time.

How can that be?

There seems to be two of me.

There is the one in my shoes now giving training, and another one here in Istanbul, Turkey, who is teaching hypnosis.

I became confused as I know which one is me, I am in my shoes, and my feet hurt, so I know it is me.

Perhaps my feet hurt because there is someone else getting in my shoes at the same time.

There has always been ‘Little Phillip‘ trainers, people who have been on my courses and copied what I do, and then deliver the same courses, often word for word, even using my same stories or metaphors and jokes, but this is different.

A person calling themselves Phillip Holt, is delivering hypnosis in courses.

The strange thing is this person is Turkish. Surely they must realise that ‘Phillip Holt is not a Turkish name, and the participants will realise that something strange is going on.

Just in case the person wants to copy me even more, he should make his hair grey, grow a beard, age a little, speak English with a British accent, and put on some weight.

Just in case he does not know what I look like this is a picture of me.

The real Phillip Holt

Stage Hypnosis course finishes

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It is now down-time for me after a two day intensive Stage Hypnosis course held in London.

In the two days we cover a lot, although I have learned to frame the content in such a way that it is fun, easy to learn and enjoyable, and perhaps the participants only realise at the end of the course, how much they have learned, how much content they have absorbed.

Our intentionally small group, so that we can give near 1-on-1 tuition, came from many countries, the UK, Poland, Italy, Albania and Slovenian, some having had no experience of even being hypnotised before in their life, (well they thought they had not), one studying for a PhD in the art of Stage Hypnosis, hypnotherapists, NLPer’s and those just interested.

Some of the participants from the stage hypnosis course

It is always interesting bringing the group to the same level of knowledge enabling them to stage a show if they so wished.

Unlike other courses where the trainers seem to like their own voices, and just lecture, the participants actually put into practice the different elements, the inductions, re-inductions and routines, bringing all together at the end of the second day with a show of their own, performed with real “stars” and in front of others.

Learning hands-on the art and tricks of Stage Hypnosis.

I am going to look forward to the many more course I will give around the world and the next one in London, March 2009. If you want to be part of that group, book early now. Click link here to book.

Thank you guys, you made my weekend a great experience, and remember, I want to see you again on my future courses as always free of charge.

Stage Hypnosis course starts

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It is 6am, and I am up ready to start after daze of preparations to start my two day Stage Hypnosis course.

Even at this late hour people are joining the course.

I only like a small number of participants, so that I can work on a near 1-2-1 basis, training the new people all the skills they will need to start in a career of Stage Hypnosis if they wish.

Some participants have never been hypnotised before, some are very experienced in the art of hypnosis.

Whatever, many previous participants have gone on to become full stage performers.

It will be good to see some old faces, people who have worked with me before, been on previous courses, work with me on other issues, and new faces.

It will be fun but hard work.

So, thank you for all the good wishes I have received.

Oh, I love my work.

Stage Hypnosis

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Over the years I have met some wonderful stage hypnotists, and have had the honour to work and be trained by many of them, including, Paul McKenna, Ormond Magill, Jerry Valley, Tommy Vee and Paul Goldin.

From their input I have become a Stage Hypnotist myself, appearing on TV and stage.

From this knowledge I give a Course on Stage Hypnosis, a course I love, and one that has run now for a number of years.

I have recently completed a course in Istanbul on Stage Hypnosis, and it was a wonderful experience for me to be amongst participants who may never put a live show on stage, but who were eager to learn new skills and hone their hypnosis skills.

Practice hypnotic inductions for the stage hypnosis course in Istanbul.

Oh it is so cold, some of the stars of the show feeling the cold weather, Istanbul.

Stars of a hypnosis stage show in trance following the hypnotists instructions, Istanbul.

Keep up the good work, I am sorry we could not have more on the course. Next time come to Istanbul to learn Stage Hypnosis.

The next Stage Hypnosis course will be held in London,  Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 September 2008.

You can book and pay for your place on the web site  

More information telephone UK  (+44) 08451306213 .

Manuals and Scripts

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In my courses, be they an NLP Practitioner or Master Practitioner, PhotoReading, Mind Maps, Memory or any of my courses, it is rare that I give handouts or manuals, as I wish to teach the participants implicitly, that is that they know how to do what I am training by doing,  by physically doing the exercises and what I teach.

I do not give out scripts say for the hypnosis, as I want participants to be themselves, to react to their clients and use the appropriate inductions and words that fit the moment.

Too often I have seen and heard hypnotists using scripts verbatim, even “hypnotists” who have the script written down and laminated, reading directly from something that was written maybe fifty years ago by someone else.

They fail to be responsive to the clients needs, give feedback to what is happening to the client, what is happening in the environment.

Yes there is a structure to what I teach, in the process, in how one element of the course leads, links into and is associated with other elements.

I remember one course in particular, where a participant had a list of everything, every element that they thought I should be covering in my training. As I taught the elements, the participant would cross it off their list. At breaks, this participant would say to the other members of the course :-

            “Oh, Phillip has now covered this on my list, but he has not done that.”

It took me a while to understand why I was being asked if I would be covering this or that, when in fact I had. This person had obtained “their training content list” from another training provider coming from another licensing organisation, which provided a very much condensed course, giving a manual for participants to read at home.

They failed to realise that this other organisation’s structure of training was different to mine, and that the “content names” had been changed to make their course seem original and unique to them.

It was when I obtained “their training content list,” and went through what we had covered already, that the rest of course participants realised that they had been taught more than the so called list had written down.

And so it is with scripts and manuals. People can rely too much on them. They should be used as a guide only, and the speaker or provider to be themselves, not someone else who wrote a script fifty years ago.

I recently attended a training where the participants were asked to read from a script as they worked on exercises with fellow trainees.

Oh how wooden and false the language used was.

Oh how much information or feedback that the “client” was giving was missed, because the giver, the reader had their face buried in the script.

Lastly, how many manuals or scripts are ever looked at again after a course or training? Mostly they are left under the bed.

I do give out manuals when appropriate along with sample scripts, for example within the stage hypnosis course, PhotoReading etc., but for reference only.

I train my participants how to do what I am teaching from their heart, by actually trying out what I am teaching in the course, learning by doing.

But for those that want an out-line script, I will be publishing them soon. Return here to my blog for more information or subscribe to the blog on the left, for regular updates.

News in the Trade Arabia – Middle East business information

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My visit to Bahrain resulted in a number of press releases, news paper articles, and visiting newspaper photographers.

One release came from the Trade Arabia – Middle East business information web site.

Trade Arabia - Middle East business information
Click here to see the article.

Expert tips to polish learning skills
Manama: Wed, 14 May 2008

Phillip Holt

Internationally acclaimed trainer Phillip Holt is returning to Bahrain for 10 days of dynamic and enjoyable accelerated ‘superlearning’.

Phillip is a Master and Trainer in NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP), PhotoReading and MindMapping, accredited by the Society for NLP, Tony Buzan and Paul Scheele, the originators of these powerful tools for boosting brain power.

He works with World Memory Champions and  regularly appears on television and in the media and is sought after as a trainer across the world, running courses in his native UK, where he is director of NLP.

Phillip previously visited Bahrain in February when his first PhotoReading course was sold out in advance and received extremely positive feedback from all of the 31 participants, who included a variety of business people, doctors, professionals and students.

“The course was excellent” said Dr Jinan Darwish, a paediatrician. “Well organised and well-presented and executed.” 

“Phillip is an excellent trainer,” agreed Dawiya Nassir, a policy adviser. “It was very interesting. He really inspired us and made us believe that we can do it!”

A teacher who attended the course said “I learned a lot from Mr Phillip Holt, not just PhotoReading. His course gave me the motivation to start a new degree soon and I will be able to read as many books as I need.”

Student Katerina Al Qarainees said that the course was very enjoyable and beneficial.

“I can now learn not to cram a whole load of work before an exam but Photoread that book and extract relevant information in the exam.” 

Another student, Nevin Isaac Mathew said: “I really loved this course!”

Translator, Nadia Kazim, described the course as “Amazing… the first credit goes to our lovely instructor. I am sure it is going to add a radical change to my life.”

“I’m really not exaggerating if I say that this course doesn’t have any weak or boring aspects,” she said.
The course teaches innovative ways to read faster and with better recall and concentration and is certified by Paul Scheele, founder of PhotoReading and Director of Learning Strategies Corporation, the US, who originated this highly acclaimed ‘whole mind’ system that teaches how to:

PhotoRead the printed page at rates exceeding a page per second; Accelerate learning by reading in ways that are flexible, active and purposeful; Tap the reserve capabilities of the non-conscious mind; Integrate information for personal and professional benefits using ‘activation’ techniques, such as rapid reading and MindMapping.

The two-and-a-half day PhotoReading course will be held on Thursday (May 15) from 4.30-9pm and on Friday and Saturday, from 9 – 6 each day at the Elite Suites Hotel in Sanabis. It will be followed by a two-day intensive Memory Power and MindMapping course at the same venue on Monday and Tuesday, from 9-6 daily.

Holt will be teaching a two-part course for children aged 7-14. Superlearning for Kids starts on May 18 and has already sold out and has a waiting list for the next course.

Children will learn how to maximise their potential and creativity with accelerated learning, memory and reading skills using techniques developed by the genius of the world’s leading exponents of mind power.

Phillip Holt works with best-selling author ‘Mr Memory’ Tony Buzan, the originator of MindMapping and author of numerous best-selling books on memory and learning, and with Gianni Golfera, who has been described as “the man with the biggest memory in the world”.
TradeArabia News Service


I would like to thank all the participants and organisers for their help and input allowing me to train in Bahrain, and look forward to meeting you all again soon.

An Evening of Stage Hypnosis in Gaziantep

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It has been a long run of training in Turkey, and I am on my way back to the UK. Sitting here in the departure lounge, I find that the flight has been delayed by another hour from Gaziantep to Istanbul.

Oh Poo Poo. (click to understand)

But I can reflect on a great night I had in Gaziantep, where I was invited to a meal with participants. Over twenty attended and I gave them their first experience of stage hypnosis. (click to learn stage hypnosis)

It was great fun for all, especially those “stars” who stepped forward to be the show.

Getting the stars into hypnotic trance. Plus Zafer on the floor.  Getting the “stars” into hypnotic trance. Plus Zafer on the floor.

                                                        Keeping each other warm with hypnosis.  Keeping each other warm.
            She would not leave the stage, her shoes were glued to the floor.    She would not leave the stage, her shoes were glued to the floor.

Update to Prozac, Seroxat, Effexor and Serzone, do they work?

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Further to my article Prozac, Seroxat, Effexor and Serzone, do they work?  and the follow-up NLP, Alternative Therapies against Antidepressants, the British Guardian newspaper published an article titled “Drug firms face new laws on test results“.

I heard about this article whilst listening to the BBC Radio Five Live breakfast program, just a few words as they reviewed the morning’s newspapers, and they inferred that the British Government would be bringing in new laws requiring drug companies to publish ALL research results from clinical trials.

The article did not say that. What it did say is :-

“The health minister Dawn Primarolo will tell MPs (Members of Parliament, the British Government) that new legislation will be introduced by the end of the year to ensure drugs companies pass on results of clinical trials as soon as the alarm is raised about one of their medicines.”

and that

“The minister will announce that new legislation will be introduced by the end of the year placing a greater obligation on companies to disclose results of trials.”

Note the words “a greater obligation“, they infer, that a drug company only has to inform the British Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA), when there is a problem.

This action resulted from the antidepressant Seroxat, produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where GSK had identified two problems in about 1998, being :-

    1. There was a higher risk of suicidal behaviour among under 18’s using Seroxat rather than a placebo.

    2. The antidepressant drug Seroxat was ineffective in dealing with depressive illness among under 18s.

It took until 2003 until the MHRA announced that doctors should not give Seroxat to the under 18’s.

The newspaper article goes on to say that in the USA, and agreement was made by GSK to publish ALL its’ trial results, available to the public, whether negative or positive. 

How do we know, or in fact the prescribing doctors know, what these drugs are doing to us, what side-effects they are having?

                                                                Pills in hand what are these drugs are doing to us?

Perhaps alternative therapies, even if they are from the placebo effect, are better for us. (see

And come on Radio Five Live, do not twist an article to say what you want it to.

See article
It is how you interpret what your modalities give you.