A shared love of the sea and an honest vulnerability drew me to connect with hypnotherapist and breath work coach Helen Kelynack of Senara’s Sister. We first met on Instagram and then found ourselves working in the same business mentorship community, both drawn to living and working authentically.
On those days when life is feeling overwhelming, I always check in with Helen’s Instagram page where she shares practical and heartfelt suggestions. It was a real pleasure to find out more about the work Helen does, in this conversation she also shares some simple but powerful advice we could all do with remembering in our everyday!
1) What led you to training to become a hypnotherapist and breath work practitioner?
I had hypnotherapy in the past to help with anxiety and I also used hypno birthing with my twin’s birth and it was amazing. After having my twins, I returned to my nursing job. I started to become more and more stressed and anxious. I had hypnotherapy again and I just knew I still wanted to help people, but nursing was becoming increasingly stressful. So I took the plunge and retrained to be and hypnotherapist to help women just like me. I attended a breath work class a few years later and I was totally hooked. I loved the feeling of coming back into my body and so I studied breath work to add to my tool belt for my clients too.
2) What does a day in your life at work look like?
Well, I have a lovely little garden cabin here in my garden in Cornwall, so I see clients face to face and on Zoom. My day can be a mixture of both. I am so lucky in that respect that I can see anyone from anywhere in the world, but I also get to work with people face to face. I love setting up the cabin, with essential oils, candles, and fresh soft blankets for clients to relax with. I really do love my work. I feel so relaxed doing it!
3) How can people work with you?
There are a few ways people can work with me. Here in Cornwall, I hold breath work and group relaxation classes and mini half day retreats, so that’s one way to work with me. I also work one to one with clients face to face or via Zoom to help with stress and anxiety. I also create bespoke hypnotherapy audio Mp3’s for a particular thing that’s perhaps causing fear or anxiety. So, something like a flight, a presentation, or maybe a medical procedure. All these ways help relax and calm the mind and body.
4) Having a busy home life with four children, along with being self-employed and supporting your clients, how do you carve out time for yourself and look after your own energy?
It’s so important for me to practice what I preach! I do block time out in my diary for time with a friend, or to go to the beach or an exercise class. I spent so many years putting myself at the bottom of the pile, and I have learnt to let go of guilt of taking time for self-care. Boundaries are so important when it comes to conserving my energy, it took a while but it’s important to look at where my energy is going. Simplicity and slowing down is key for me!
5) If you could give one piece of advice to people who are wanting to take care of their own wellbeing, what would it be?
Start by asking yourself, what’s helpful to me today. Take a pause, there is so much power in pausing, take a breath first, listen to what your body is telling you. Your body keeps the score.
6) What does your perfect day off look like?
My perfect day off is being by the sea, strolling along, looking for treasures and of course a dip in the sea, followed by a warm drink and a good book. There is no better place to be!
7) Finally, do you have a favourite P & P product?
Yes, I do! I absolutely love the Nurture Face Oil. It feels so smooth on my skin, it’s like liquid gold, so silky and gives my skin such dewy look.
Thank you so much for your time, Helen. You can find out more about Helen and her work on the Senara’s Sister website.
Helen has created, exclusively for the P & P community, ‘An Innis Moment’. This guided relaxation will help ease you into a state of deep rest in the 10 minutes you set aside for your Innis Face Mask Moment. Blissful. You can find the ‘An Innis Moment’ recording here.
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