After a 20 year break from swimming, 38 year old paramedic Mark Ransom, successfully swam the English Channel last month in just 12 hours and 23 minutes. In the process, he raised over £1,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Mark, from Bury St Edmunds, had to wait two weeks to do the challenge as the swim had to be put off due to bad weather. He had hypnotherapy before the challenge to get rid of his phobia of sharks and, following the success of this swim, he added that he wouldn’t rule out trying a similar challenge in future.

Hypnotherapy is ideal for phobias, whether they are physical habits like smoking or nail biting, something with a deeper root cause, or irrational fears such as Mark’s fear of sharks, or fears of spiders, dogs, heights or anything else. Having hypnosis to overcome phobias is relatively quick, and can usually be resolved in as few as one or two sessions.