An article which appeared in the Halton Borough Council Intouch Magazine.

New Horizons for former HBC Employee Tai Chi, a gentle form of exercise which releases tension from joints and increases energy levels, has been helping HBC staff de-stress over their lunchtime. The lunchtime class at Stobart Stadium is just one of the services provided by Bob Wheat at Horizon Hypnotherapy.

Bob, who previously worked in the Council’s Leisure & Recreation team, took early retirement in March 2010. Already a qualified Reiki master and trained in Hypnotherapy, he has broadened his skills in recent years, gaining experience through voluntary projects before taking the plunge and starting his own practice last year with the aid of business start up training and a grant from Halton People into Jobs.

Bob continues to volunteer with the Runcorn Widnes Cancer Support Group, providing Reiki and hypnotherapy sessions and also provides chair based exercises sessions for Day Services in Runcorn and Widnes and the British Cardiac Patients Association’s “The Zipper Club”.

Horizon Hypnotherapy offers a range of hypnotherapy and holistic treatments which can help people overcome issues in their everyday life, or just enable them to take time out and relax. Hypnotherapy, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), can be used to help with: Anxiety/Panic attacks; Stress; Confidence building; phobias and fears (e.g flying, fears with insects); Giving up smoking; Weight management; Inomnia and Pre-medical /dental procedure relaxation – to name but a few! With hypnotherapy the client is always in complete control and may come out of hypnosis at any time they wish.

The therapy sessions, which are tailored to the individual, last from 60 to 90 minutes. Bob says ‘No matter how long you have endured old misperceptions, habits, phobias or faulty thought patterns, hypnotherapy will help you find the resources to make the changes you want.’ Bob is based at Stobart Stadium, but also practices in Runcorn, Frodsham, Lymm, Kingsley and Stockton Heath. Bob’s Tai Chi class runs every Thursday from 12.15 – 1pm. Loose fitting clothing and trainers should be worn. Horizon Hypnotherapy offers a 10% Discount to Council Staff on all therapies, on presentation of their HBC ID at the Runcorn and Widnes sites. To find out more, please go to or call Bob on Tel. 01925 860892

(Taken from the Halton Borough Council Staff Intouch Magazine for November 2011)