Sam Grainger of FreetheMind Hypnotherapy has stepped forward to be the latest key partner for Folk Features. Here, the hypnotherapy specialist – and critical care nurse – explains exactly why she wants to be involved
I would like to start with how excited I am at becoming a key partner of Folk Features. When I met with Emma to find out more it did not take me long to make my decision to hop on board. I really love the whole ethos of Folk Features. It is local and focused on spreading joy. And I really look forward to reading the daily story, and I find it truly inspiring and uplifting to hear about all the positivity in our local area. I often think, “oh didn’t realise we had this or that going on in the area”.
I had my own introduction to Folk Features a couple of months ago. I spoke then about my journey building my own small business, FreetheMind Hypnotherapy. It’s a significant month as my business is one year old. It’s been an amazing, inspiring year. I have met some great people who have helped me on my journey, and I have been amazed by my clients and their personal journeys. I have a keen interest in self-care and wellbeing.
My aim is to focus on different areas of wellbeing each month. My hope is that this will be informative, fun and provide you with relevant information. I would also like to break the myth of hypnotherapy being a little “woo-woo” and educate you on what an amazing therapy it can be in helping you build your own toolbox of skills to help you overcome anything blocking your path.
An re-introduction to me:
My name is Sam, I live with my partner and two cats, Misty and Mabel, and I have two grown up children Jacob, 23, and Olivia, 21. We live just outside of Norwich. I love nature and the countryside. If you follow my Instagram posts, you will see I often use nature as a way of explaining different elements of wellbeing and therapy. I spend a lot of time taking photographs that can tell a story.
I was a keen runner and ran the London Marathon in October 2021. That was my last run as a back condition as forced me to look for a new passion. This is wild swimming, and I am amazed at how this gives you an amazing sense of peace. Outside in nature in the early mornings, the cold invigorating your body and waking up your senses. If you are interested, check out The Crazy Ladies on Facebook. I have certainly felt welcome on every swim I have attended. I’m also a keen walker and love our Norfolk and Suffolk countryside, we are blessed to live in this beautiful part of the country.
I am a trainee counsellor at present and, having started working at Emerging Futures (drug and alcohol rehabilitation), I can see that this offers a great service to those who are trying hard to change their lives around. Changing is not always as easy as it sounds. It takes a great determination.
Enough about me. I look forward to talking to you again next month. If you have any interesting nature photos, you think would be useful for my wellbeing posts. I would be grateful if you would be willing to share. You can send then to firstname.lastname@example.org