It's not a magic trick—at least not in the way TV and movies have portrayed it for years. But for certified hypnotist Maureen V. Meehan, the mind is surprisingly capable of pulling off all-manner of physiological and psychological magic once its in a deep state of relaxation. It's at that time when she can help clients stop smoking, lose weight, or sleep better—and that's just the start of the habits, phobias, and issues she helps clients overcome.
After easing clients into a state of hypnosis—something she says the mind does on its own at least twice a day—she begins to help her clients discover their motivations and the triggers for unwanted behaviors. Together, and usually over the course of about five sessions, she and her clients overcome the obstacles standing in the way of changing those behaviors. As a licensed health care professional, her only goal is to enhance well-being. To ensure that her clients receive only the best care, she re-certifies annually through The National Guild of Hypnotists.
Since its founding in 1987, Living Lite's weight-loss program has helped thousands of people slim down quickly and almost effortlessly. Instead of simply telling clients to change their eating habits, its practitioners use hypnotic suggestion to root newer, healthier behaviors in the subconscious minds. Clients find themselves exercising regularly and picking more wholesome foods without ever having to think about it consciously. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not induce amnesia, and participants will usually remember everything that happens during the soothing sessions.
Though she became a hypnotherapist to beat smoking, Katie Evans soon realized that her goal was a half-measure. She recognized a potential for weight loss in hypnosis that she hadn't seen in her several dieting attempts, which had all petered out due to lack of motivation. By harnessing the power of suggestion, she established a program that works by treating clients from within the subconscious, rather than by trying to dictate their actions from the outside.
The Living Lite weight-loss program in the Baltimore area is now run by nurse practitioner Sue Ouellette, a successful user of the program who uses her 35 years of experience and a humorous style to help other students. In doing so, the program strives to adjust how participants view and plan their meals. The soothing hypnosis sessions combat resigned attitudes and familiar cravings, aiming to replace them with confidence and an intuitive preference for wholesome foods. The seminars also serve to debunk popular myths about hypnotherapy, including that it causes amnesia or that it was invented by the first grandfather clock. The center's catalog of stress-reducing CDs endeavors to help smokers, expectant mothers, and those suffering from insomnia as well.
The Terrapin Bar Crawl & Scavenger Hunt sends Maryland fans off to six College Park bars where they enjoy drink specials chased with a healthy dose of friendly competition. Revelers first converge at The Barking Dog, where they prepare for the afternoon’s events with $5 appetizers and $2 rail drinks. Other destinations include Cornerstone Grill and Loft, which offers half-priced burgers and $15 buckets of craft beers, Big Play Sports Bar and Grill, where guests cool off with $3 Coronas after downing $3 shots of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, in addition to Applebee's and R.J. Bentley's. The scavenger hunt begins at 4 p.m., at which time two-person teams race against one another to complete a list of tasks, with the first three teams receiving prizes. Organizers of the event encourage participants to dress up in costumes or Terrapin gear, though, as with an underfunded CSI team, participants must provide their own cameras or phones if they want images of what happened.
Dr. Lisa Wang doesn't just practice Chinese medicine—she also spends her days teaching others about its benefits. As a third-generation doctor of Chinese medicine with more than 35 years of experience, she leads frequent workshops on medicine, tai chi, and meditation and teaches a college course in ancient alternative healthcare. At Wang Wellness Center, she and her team of expert practitioners use all-natural and ancient treatments such as acupuncture, facial massage, ayurvedic medicine, and homeopathy. Treatments such as acupuncture may help with weight loss, symptoms of PTSD, PSM, and menopause. These treatments aid conditions that range from chronic pain to breathing problems to stress from dreams about being trapped inside a hard chocolate shell.
At Gifted Hands–Holistic Healings, practitioners delve into the body’s energy and subconscious to elicit the answers found inside. Therapeutic hypnosis sessions employ suggestion therapy to identify and modify harmful behaviors, and reiki and EFT sessions help balance internal energy and release stored negative emotions. Instructors also give students the tools to care for themselves, teaching self-hypnosis techniques that they can perform at home or when a coworker starts reciting the Gettysburg Address in elvish.