NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is the study of self communication. How we communicate with ourselves through our beliefs, values and expectations will greatly influence our outcomes.

The name NLP was coined by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. Their work evolved from their study of expert communicators such as Milton Erickson, Virginia Satire and Fritz Perls. What Bandler and Grinder discovered through a method they called "modeling" was that if any person could achieve a result, then other people could be taught to do the same thing, by following the same basic actions, including thought patterns of the person they were modeling.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a method of programming the mind, emphasizing the mind-body-spirit connection. The term `neuro-linguistic programming' is designed to embrace three ideas:

>>all behaviour starts from the neurological processes;

>>we use language to organize our thinking and to communicate with others;

>>and we can choose to `programme' our behaviour to achieve the results we desire

The NLP practitioner's goal is to change a person's state and 're-programme' that person's beliefs about themselves. By detecting automatic body changes such as skin colour changes, muscle tension, and eye movements, as well as other physiological responses, the NLP practitioner attempts to discern how a client perceives and relates to identity, personal beliefs, and life goal issues. NLP can help people to replace false or negative perceptions, with positive, life affirming beliefs.