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Nail Biting Hypnosis

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No more ugly nails

Nail biting is a generalized response to environmental stress. About ten percent of adults bite their nails. Your fingernail biting habit is actually a distraction behaviour. You originally started doing it as a response to stress. You have simply developed a nervous habit that has gone out of control. Nail Biting Hypnosis is a standard and successful hypnotherapy treatment.

Hypnosis is very effective at ending Nail Biting. You don't have to find the original reason for your stress. Hypnotherapy helps you to change your response to the triggers that cause your biting. You become aware of when you are about to bite, so you don't do it mindlessly any more. Hypnosis rebuilds your confidence. It convinces your inner mind that you can overcome that long standing habit, easily and quickly. Most people can stop biting their nails after one hypnosis session.

Nail Biting Hypnosis

How to end nail biting

Hutt Valley Hypnosis uses multiple approaches. The exact mix depends on the particular client but the general pattern is as follows:

Behaviour Change

Your nail biting has a physical part. You need a tool to deal with that. Part of your session teaches you  a simple hand action you can use anytime you get the 'need to bite my nails' feeling. You use this substitute action to replaces your normal biting or chewing routine. Eventually, your biting routine gets replaced and dies away. Your substitute action includes a mental trick. This is reinforced by hypnotic visualisations.


Under hypnosis you visualise yourself with long, strong nails. You are guided through a series of visualisations. You see yourself using your hands to point to things in company, picking at a roll of sticky tape, or gatnering up coins. Then feel how you would act with beautiful nails. This instills the belief that you can have long nails, that you deserve long nails, that you need long nails. The hypnotherapy lodges a clear image into your subconscious of what your nails should look like and feel like.

We then remind your mind of the times when you did have long nails. You get reminded that long nails are natural and normal for you. This fires up your own unused resources.

Now you really your imagination. You find yourself in situations where you would normally be embarrassed by your nails. The situation is described, but in trance you experience how it is to have perfect nails. You feel yourself using your nails naturally. You get rewarded with admiring looks and remarks. Feel the improved sensitivity of your fingers. This rebuilds  your self esteem and changes  how you feel about your nails.

Post Hypnotic Suggestion

You are then given one or more strong post hypnotic suggestions. The exact wording will depend on your particular way of nail biting. But the suggestion is something like, "every time your hand approaches your mouth, you will feel an irresistible force pushing that hand away". The purpose of this is to prevent reactivation of your muscle memory under stress, the habit part.


Every session  ends with suggestions of having made a major decision. You have stopped and you  feel  good about this. A final post hypnotic suggestion links some physical action to remind you of your new response to stress.

Most people stop biting their nails immediately.

Tips for stopping

1. Realize what you are doing.

Think about what you are actually putting in your mouth. Your hands touch everything: dirt, germs, bacteria, molds, fly droppings, rotting spores - everything. And it all gets transferred into your mouth every time you bite or suck your nails.

Disgusting stuff lives under your nails. Even if you wash your hands frequently, micro organisms like fungus and viruses live under your nails in the nail bed. These get transferred to your mouth as well. Broken and bleeding nails just give a way in for even more nasty stuff.

2. Remind yourself

It is just a habit. There is no psychological element to it, other than belief that you can't stop. You are not mentally ill. Remind yourself constantly about why you want to stop. Write a list of all the reasons you want to stop and then copy them to bits of card. Post these all round your house: on the fridge, on the door out, in your bedside drawer, on the dashboard of your car. And on the bottom in big letters write "I CAN DO IT".

3. Carry a nail care kit

nail biting hypnosisMake sure you always have a nail file on you. Most people feel the need to bite or pick when they think there is some ragged bit that needs dealt to. So if you always have a nail file handy you can spend the time carefully filing and smoothing, and gradually the biting habit will fade away. As your nails recover from the abuse, you can then use things from your kit to maintain your nail's appearance.

3. Be good to your nails.

Use cuticle oil at night and it will get absorbed into the nails. Spend some time moisturising your hands daily. Book a regular professional manicure. You won't want to ruin them after they are looking so nice. Nail polish strengthens and protects nails, even men can benefit from clear polish.

4. Make a feature of your nails.

After years of hiding them, why not spend some time making them noticeable? As soon as you get some positive results, play around with different nail polishes, try some nail art, take an interest in them. Your interest will be repaid.



Don't let nail biting ruin your nails. Don't let ugly nails affects your confidence.  It can be fixed. Maybe it is time to stop?  Book a session and stop biting your nails today.

Your session will last about an hour, and costs $100.


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