Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Free hypnosis recording

Dis volgende week my verjaarsdag, so toe dag ek dis tyd dat ek vir jóú 'n geskenkie gee. Epos my by en ek stuur jou 'n GRATIS Hipnose opname om jou te help om jou stres mee weg te was.

That's right: Get a FREE GIFT for my birthday just by sending your name, contact number and language preference and I will send you a recording to wash away your stress!

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Radio Interview

I was interviewed about Hypnosis on ClassicFM and would really appreciate if you could please listen to the interview on Soundcloud and comment:

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

How to Survive a Heart Attack - Part 4: Be a Patient Patient

How to Survive a Heart Attack - Part 4: Be a Patient Patient

by Hendrik Baird

There are two kinds of patients in South Africa: Those with medical aids, and those without. This is the story of someone who has no medical aid and had to rely on a state hospital for survival after a massive heart attack.

If you have a full time job, a monthly salary and therefore can afford medical aid, you are one of the lucky ones. The vast majority of South Africans do not have formal employment or a regular monthly income and are reliant on state medical services in case of emergency.

The horror stories of state hospitals are legendary. So you can imagine my trepidation when I was rushed to Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria when I had my heart attack in January. Arriving at the hospital, I felt a resigned terror take hold of me, knowing that whatever was happening to me was completely out of my control.

Now, five months later, I have nothing but praise for the hardworking staff at Steve Biko Academic.

In order to survive a state hospital, you have to learn to be a patient patient. The reason for this is that the state hospitals are completely overwhelmed by the number of people using their services. Steve Biko was built a few years ago to cater for 800 patients, but is used by thousands of people on a daily basis. This results in a long waiting time.

I spent five weeks in the various wards waiting for the cardiac bypass operation. I was glad to learn patience, as it meant the doctors could take their time for the various tests to determine exactly which procedure would be best for me.

There are two attitudes you can take when in a hospital. You can be impatient, full of criticism, or you can take it calmly, being patient and friendly. Attitude is everything. This is also true of your body. I saw people coming into the wards who were negative, down, not thinking they would make it. Their conditions worsened, almost as if their bodies were reacting to all those negative messages from the mind.

I saw people who had a humorous , patient approach, people who expected to get well. Like me, they made great progress. It seems that your attitude determines your outcome to a large degree.

Self-hypnosis can be a great tool during times of medical crisis. By just allowing yourself the time to focus on a positive outcome using the power of your imagination, may be much more powerful than some of the medications one is given. Operations can have a much more successful outcome if the patient has taken the time to prepare and imagine a successful outcome.

During my time in hospital, I did a lot of visualisations that had to do with getting better, healing, getting home, surviving the operation, making a speedy recovery. By keeping a positive frame of mind the body can find ways of healing itself that might not be possible when a negative attitude is adopted.

Of course open-heart surgery is a major operation during which time your heart is stopped and systems are bypassed with a machine. You are at the mercy of technology and the medicine the doctors rely on. On a conscious level you have no control. But you can prepare yourself on a subconscious level to not only survive the operation, but also to make a quick recovery.

And what about the pain? Is there any way to manage that? Indeed there is! Hypnosis deals not with the pain, but our reaction to the pain. By learning techniques to relax into the discomfort, one can overcome the pain signals and have a much better experience.

Unfortunately hypnosis is still a mystery to most people and they do not know how to use this easy technique to improve healing and manage pain. Perhaps hospitals should have a resident hypnotist to help individuals and groups of people, or better still, medical staff can be trained in hypnotic techniques in order to help patients have a better experience.

Sometimes these techniques can be as easy as changing the words used. Compare "This is going to hurt" when getting a procedure to "You will feel a slight discomfort." Which of these two ways of communicating do you think will result in the injection being damn sore? You guessed it!

Just imagine how much of a better experience the overworked nursing staff may have if they use hypnotic language patterns on difficult patients, instead of the brash, confrontational style used by some?

Being in a hospital is never nice, and doubly demanding when you cannot afford private medical care. Hypnosis can help you to have a much better experience, overcome the boredom, heal quicker and be positive.

Should you know beforehand that you would need medical interventions, consider using hypnosis to prepare for it. You may even use it when having to go for uncomfortable or scary procedures, both to prepare and to learn a tool to help you through the experience.

Hypnosis has vast number of applications and it is just natural that it has a place in the medical world. Unfortunately it is not used at all. Perhaps the time has come for medical personnel to be trained in hypnosis or to have a hypnotist on staff or on standby to assist patients in becoming more patient and heal themselves using the power of the subconscious mind.

I survived the hospital through a combination of patience, a good attitude and by using self-hypnosis techniques. I would love to share what I have learned with you and help you too. Please visit my website for more information. Or you can give me a call for a chat on cell 083-379-2489 to see how hypnosis can help you too.

Monday, 16 June 2014


Are you far from Pretoria? Is it impossible to do the sessions in person?
Through the wonder of technology sessions can now be done remotely.
By using a combination of Skype sessions, recordings and printed material, clients can now gain the benefit from Hypnosis.
You can now have a one-on-one experience with Hendrik Baird in the comfort of your own surroundings.
The following is currently possible:
Skype Smoking Hypnosis
Consists of the Workbook, 60 min Skype session during which the client will both learn how to replace the smoking habit as well as self hypnosis. This will be followed by a Hypnosis Recording and notes to reinforce change. It will be followed by a strengthening recording two weeks later.
Cost ZAR 950
Skype Weight Loss
Consists of 4 x weekly Skype sessions of 30 minutes each. This is accompanied by 8 weekly recordings and a weekly assignment, covering various aspects of weight.
Cost ZAR 2500
To Make a Booking Send an Email to

Friday, 13 June 2014

Group Hypnosis

Hypnosis works really well for small and large groups of people. Granted, one can not do the same depth of work with a group as one does with an individual, but given the right setting and understanding, quite a lot can be achieved with Group Hypnosis.
Group Hypnosis is especially useful in the Corporate World, where teams of people can be motivated to achieve certain outcomes using hypnosis, or to reduce stress and tension, stop smoking, and so on. Imagine a sales team who have weekly focused sessions where they rehearse being successful and then go out and achieve that success!
Group Hypnosis can be equally useful in the school classroom, especially as part of Life Sciences. Learners can benefit from group session focusing on learning and memory, or focusing on relationships, or preventing teens from starting smoking.
Group Hypnosis is perfect for Hypno-Meditation evenings. Group meditations through hypnosis can help participants unlock areas of their mind and help them obtain inner peace.
In short, Group Hypnosis can be a very useful tool for whole lot of people to achieve a specific outcome. For more information and a talk about a session can be tailor-made to suit your needs, please contact Hendrik Baird on cell 083-379-2489 or email

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Hypnosis for General Issues

Hypnosis can be very effective for a range of issues and it could bring results in a relatively short space of time. You may need between 3 – 8 sessions to permanently overcome your issues, and if the problem is very big, you might need a few sessions more.

When deciding about using hypnosis to solve a specific problem, there are a few things that you need to understand about the process and how it may all unfold. Some people have unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved in an hour of hypnosis and need to understand the implications not only of hypnosis, but also the process of change.
Change takes time. 
In most cases, you should expect a minimum of four sessions to overcome your issue or problem. Hypnosis is a process that will unfold over time to assist you to make the desired changes.
Here is what to expect*:
Session 1
- Discussion about what Hypnosis is. How does it work? What to expect? Because of stage hypnosis and how hypnosis is portrayed in the media, we have many misconceptions. Session 1 is all about demystifying hypnosis, how it works and what it can do for you.
Discussion of the client's problem. Where does it come from? What are the goals and how will the client know that he/she is getting better. By getting a clear understanding of the presenting problem and getting to know the client, can a plan be designed that is most suitable for for the client, as client centered hypnosis is being  practiced.
- Guiding the client into Hypnosis to understand what it is and how if feels. It is important to understand that there is no such thing as a “hypnotized feeling”. It’s most likely you will enjoy a feeling of deep calmness and relaxation, all the time listening to the hypnotist's voice. The client may be given some direct suggestions to get the process started and after the trance session the client's experience will be discussed.
- Session duration between 90 and 120 minutes.
Session 2
- Evaluation. What has happened in the interim?
- Parts Therapy - Internal conflicts will be examined and resolved in this session. 
- Session duration between 60 - 90 minutes.
Session 3
Evaluation. What has happened in the interim?
- Analytical Hypnosis - The presenting problem will be traced back to its origin through regression. 
- Session duration between 60 - 90 minutes
Session 4
- Evaluation. How close/far is the client from the goal? 
- Self-hypnosis. The client is taught different self-hypnosis techniques to continue change into the future.
- Direct suggestion. Further direct suggestions may be given to the client, or other methods used, depending on the evaluations.
- Session duration between 60 and 90 minutes.
*The first two sessions are usually spaced a week apart, after which perhaps there can be longer breaks of two or three weeks in-between sessions.
Session Times
Session times are Monday through Saturday 09h00, 11h00, 13h00, 15h00, and 17h00. 
Make a booking at least a week or two in advance, although emergencies can be accommodated from time to time, depending on availability.
- For the first session, a R 250 non-refundable deposit is payable to secure the appointment. 
- Sessions are R 550 each. Sessions are payable in advance. 
Terms and Conditions
- Smoking Sessions work differently. Please refer to
- There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Sessions cancelled at short noticed will be invoiced and payable in full before a next appointment can be scheduled.

- Please note that medical aids do not pay for this non-medical service.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

How to Stop Smoking with Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been touted as an effective way with which to stop smoking. This is true. There is research available on the internet which will point to anything from 30 - 85% efficiency in breaking the smoking habit. Add to this the data gained from practical experience over the past few years, and it decidedly points to the fact that hypnosis can be an effective tool when it comes to stop smoking.

From the outset it must be understood that there is no one method that all hypnotists use to help a client stop smoking. Everybody does it their own way, based on generally accepted principles of how hypnosis functions. Some may do one session, some may do two or three, or even more. And the techniques used in the consulting room is even more varied. It is for this very reason that it is so difficult to find exact research in this field.

Starting up the hypnosis practice a few years ago, techniques taught during the certification course was initially used, supplemented by auxiliary information gleaned from books on the subject. Soon to realise that a smoker needs more than just hypnosis, a smoker needs rehab!

The Hypno Rehab for Smokers has been formulated to give a smoker all the tools required to become a non-smoker. The only thing required from the client is the firm decision to do be a non-smoker. Follow the easy to follow steps of this programme, and you will become a 100% non-smoker. Hundreds of people already have and you can read what some of them have to say here.

The Hypno Rehab for Smokers programme is available for individuals, couples and groups of three people or more. It is ideal for a the lone, shunned smoker, or the family who wants to stop smoking together, or even for a company whose employees want to live a smoke-free life.

The programme consists of three parts.
1. About a two week period to become aware of the smoking habit, and to start doing some habit breaking actions.
2. The Hypnosis session, during which you will become a non-smoker.
3. The three month follow-up period during which you will be entitled to 2 more hypnosis sessions as well as telephonic support.

As part of the Rehab programme you will also receive a Free CD with further suggestions for change, to help you remain a non-smoker, as well as a leaflet overviewing the actions you need to take.

It is much easier to become a non-smoker than you might think. Using the power of your subconscious mind through the imagination, you have the power to become a natural non-smoker!

Individual, couple and groups up to 6 are hosted at the Hypnosis Works! practice in Villieria, Pretoria.
Bigger groups need separate venue arrangements.

For bookings visit the diary.

For more information read this.

Monday, 9 June 2014

How to Survive a Heart Attack - Part 3: My Smokey Heart

How to Survive a Heart Attack - Part 3: My Smokey Heart

by Hendrik Baird

A Smoker's Story

I smoked my first cigarette soon after my mother passed away in 1977.  A friend had suggested it to me. I was very vulnerable at the time, having just lost my mom after the birth of my baby sister. I was 14 years old. My father soon found out that I smoked before cycling to school and he almost beat the living daylights out of me.

Dad was very firm that as long as I stay under his roof, I do things according to his rules. If I wanted to smoke after I left home, it had nothing to do with him. I promised to not smoke again.

Until I moved out of the house, of course. Which is exactly how it happened. I distinctly remember smoking the first serious cigarette as I started university. Subconsciously my dad had given me permission to smoke and so I became a smoker.

A very fashionable smoker, at the time. We all smoked. Smokers were few and far between. We were serious smokers who did not mind to pay R 3.50 for a packet of Camels (so expensive at the time!)

And of course it became a habit, became a part of who I was. I was a smoker. I smoked. I did not think about it. I just smoked. I felt very uncomfortable when I did not have cigarettes. I would buy cigarettes before I would buy food. I would drive kilometers  just to go buy a packet of cigarettes.

And I tried to stop. Of course I tried. Many times I tried to stop. Using willpower, medication, patches, gum.

And then I stopped. For three years. It was wonderful. I felt so much better, my health improving, feeling so much better. And guess what?

I found myself in a stressed moment and decided to use a cigarette to feel better. It made me feel worse,  it tasted vile, but before I knew it I was back on the pack-a-day habit. This happened a few times.

And then I made a decision. I would stop smoking for my 40th birthday.

That was eleven years ago and I have not smoked a single cigarette since. I am a non-smoker.

Not according to my cardiologist, though. He took one look at the sonar image of my heart and said: "So Mr. Baird, I see you are a smoker..."

Twenty years of smoking had taken its toll on my heart.

Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in South Africa. It harms nearly every organ in the body, including the heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, bladder and digestive organs.

Smoking and your heart

The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells. These chemicals can also damage the function of your heart and both the structure and function of blood vessels. This increases the risk for atherosclerosis, a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up in the arteries. Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries. This limits blood flow to your organs, reducing oxygen flow.

Coronary heart disease occurs if plaque builds up in the coronary arteries. In my case the Lest Anterior Descending Artery (LAD) was completely blocked, while the Right Coronary Artery (RCA) was partially blocked. Any amount of smoking, even light or occasional smoking, damages the heart and blood vessels.

Of course the best way to reduce your risk of a heart attack is to never start smoking. Just avoid it altogether, whether it be firsthand or second hand tobacco smoke. Stay away from the smokers and the smoking sections. Ask your friends and family to not smoke in your car or your home.

And if you are currently a smoker, you seriously need to consider the benefits of stopping smoking. By stopping you will almost immediately start reducing the risk to your heart and your body will start repairing the damage already done. Your body is a wonderful self-repairing organism that will help reverse heart and blood vessel damage.

And to stop smoking can be very easy, much easier than you thought it could possibly be. The secret is to do two things: 1. Replace the bad habit with new, healthy habits, and 2. Use hypnosis to change the habit at its source, namely in the subconscious mind. The sooner you stop smoking, the better.

I survived my heart attack. I had a double bypass and the blocked arteries are no longer depriving me of vital oxygen. My heart thumps comfortably and my blood pressure is under control. I was lucky. Perhaps I could have avoided this whole ordeal by never starting to smoke in the first place. Thank goodness I stopped when I did. Had I continued, I could have been stone, cold dead at this point.

Smoking cigarettes is death for sure. To survive a heart attack, just say no to tobacco! Avoid just one!


Sunday, 1 June 2014

How to Survive a Heart Attack - Step 2: Know the Signs

How to Survive a Heart Attack

Step 2 - Know the Signs

by Hendrik Baird

I recently had a heart attack and double cardiac bypass surgery. It's no joke. In this, the second of a series, the signs of a heart attack are highlighted to ensure that you too can survive a heart attack.

I never really recognised the signs of the massive heart attack I suffered at the beginning of this year. If I had, who knows how much differently things could have turned out. Perhaps if you know what to look out for, you can take the necessary steps to prevent a heart attack.

Family History The first sign is to check if there is a history of heart disease in your family. Your chances of having the same problem due to your genetic make-up is relatively high, so if you know, have your heart checked regularly. If you don't know, then certainly ask!

I never knew. It never came up. I never thought to ask. The first time I was made aware of the high risk of heart disease in the family was shortly before my dad passed away from the same thing.

Ironically he never knew that he was having heart attacks, he thought it was either his lungs and a break. In the meantime massive, irreparable damage was being done by every small, unrecognised heart attack. By the time they found out it was his heart, it was too late, the damage was too extensive. He died soon after.

Obviously by having your heart regularly checked and leading an active lifestyle would be the best advice for someone who is aware of congenital heart disease. Combine this with regular medical check-ups and you may most probably avoid having cardiac arrest.

Rapid Heartbeat
Physically, there are additional signs to look out for. Sudden, unexplained episodes of rapid and irregular heartbeat and pulse can mean that a heart attack may be imminent, perhaps in a few weeks or months. These symptoms could be confused with a panic attack, so always take precaution by seeking medical opinion.

There is a condition called ventricular tachycardia that is closely associated with sudden death, particularly after exercise. It is important to get help fast when you notice your heart is pounding , as if you had rushed to catch a bus or had a terrible fright. Usually this feeling has no specific trigger (except exercise in people with a certain type of ventricular tachycardia), but if they last more than a minute or two, they can cause dizziness and weakness. Call a doctor right away!

I never had the heart palpitations, but what I experienced for a few weeks before was a feeling of indigestion every now and then. I of course mistook the cardiovascular symptoms with a gastrointestinal problem. What was in fact happening was the blocked artery cut off the blood supply to my heart, causing angina. My body was sending the pain signals not to my chest, but to my stomach. This is a very common occurrence, especially in women.

An interesting fact is that a women are less likely to go to an emergency room than a man, which results in 42% of women who have heart attacks dying within the year, which compares poorly to the 24% of men who do not survive. Before the age of 50, women's heart attacks are twice a fatal as men's.

Anxiety and insomnia are another two symptoms to look out for. Especially the sudden onset of insomnia when there have been no problems in the past can be an important clue, as can unexplained sleep-walking. Perhaps there are racing thoughts or feelings of dread or impending doom that have no explanation. These are all important issues that need discussion with your medical practitioner.

Pain Looking back, I distinctly remember once after a yoga class when I had a "cramp" between my shoulder blades. I thought it odd that my very relaxing yoga class could produce such a symptom about 30 minutes after the class. I drank several pain medications and used an muscle rub ointment, to no avail, the pain came and went.

Knowing what I know now, it was the pain caused by the blocked arteries that traveled to between my shoulder blades. It could have gone up the neck to the jaw, perhaps all the way to the ear, or radiated down the shoulder to the arm and hand.

The key to fast treatment is to recognise the pain of the heart attack. If it is not felt in the chest, it is often missed, just like I missed it. If pain does not go away after a few days, it merits having a checkup.

Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea, is often the first sign of a heart attack. If you feel like you are not getting any oxygen, feeling perhaps dizzy or light-headed, feeling like you are developing asthma, then this could be a first sign of impending trouble. Either way, call your doctor.

Sweating profusely when you haven't really done much by way of exertion may also be a sign of heart problems. In women this may feel like hot flashes or night sweats, typical of menopause. Excessive sweating all over the body (chest, back, scalp, palms, soles of the feet or underarms), flu-like symptoms without a fever, either or both lasting a week or longer should be checked out.

I had a few night sweats and became very worried about HIV, which I had checked out. When this test came back negative, I thought no more of it.

I did realise that I was very tired, I was in bed mostly by eight  in the weeks leading up to my attack. This sense of severe fatigue, this debilitating tiredness that is usually associated with the flu, warrants a check-up with your doctor. Again a sign I ignored.

A heavy feeling in the legs is another sign, another one I  did not recognise. My legs felt heavy like lead, sore from heaviness. I never questioned why. I suffered in silence.

The best way to survive a heart attack is not to have one in the first place. In the words of my yogi: "Listen to your body."

I did not listen to what my body was telling me. I thought nothing of the unexplained symptoms, the pains, the tiredness. Because I was not armed with the right information, my heart is  now 60% stunned, not moving properly after the attack. This may improve over time, but had I known what to look out for and taken action at the appropriate time, perhaps all of this could have been avoided.

Hindsight is great, isn't it?

But you have no such excuse now. You have read up to this point, which means you have perhaps learned something. Please store this away in the back of your mind and use it when your body gives you a signal you may suddenly recognise as a danger sign. Rather be safe than sorry, as the old cliche says.

You can survive a heart attack my paying attention to the signals that your body is providing you. By getting in closer contact with your body and being attentive to it's "language" of symptoms, you can recognise the signs of an impending heart disaster.

Just listen to your body.

© 01/06/2014