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 hypnosis experts at NoVA Hypnosis and Wellness learned their craft from some of the world's top hypnotists, such as Tom Nicoli and Sheila Granger. One thing they learned? It's a misunderstood art. Widely stereotyped as swinging pendulums and "you are getting very sleepy" pronouncements, hypnosis really involves cultivating intense concentration. In that concentrated state, the goal is for the therapist's suggestions to bypass the patient's conscious mind and penetrate directly into the subconscious. Guided by that process, the team helps clients unleash abilities to tackle struggles, such as stress, chronic pain, body weight or quitting smoking without also quitting inhaling in general.
Clinical hypnotherapist Nancie Barwick has spent 20 years helping clients overcome grief, addiction, stress, insecurities, and phobias. Her sessions also help dissipate pain and discomfort from fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. She is the author of a book, Beyond Disability, and teaches others her craft in a certification program.
The certified hypnotists at Washington DC Hypnosis Center strive to banish unhealthy behavior and stimulate positive thoughts during hypnosis sessions that focus on a variety of topics. Clients yearning to kick a nicotine habit can flock to the two-hour group session, during which hypnotists enlist clinical hypnosis techniques to discourage the urge to smoke and make earrings out of ashtrays. Based on the theory that emotional eating contributes to excess weight, this session also aims to alleviate stressful sources of consumption and motivates attendants to engage in an active lifestyle. The Intro to Hypnosis group sessions devote 90 minutes to exploring other concerns including sports performance issues, nail-biting, and spontaneous cartwheeling before hypnotists address individual needs during a one-on-one consultation.
Lindsey Vick, owner of Sunflowers Healing and Wellness, is a jill-of-all-trades in the world of holistic healing. Her r?sum? lists a slew of specialties?certified hypnotist, reiki master, birth doula?that attend to both the emotional and physical needs of patrons. Along with life coaching and energy healing, Sunflowers uses these specialties to help thrust individuals and organizations into healthier lifestyles and corporate success. At Lindsey's side are practitioners Mark Vick, a Harvard graduate who facilitates couples counseling and life-coaching sessions, and Marc Christmas, certified Reiki practitioner and reflexologist. Together, they use their combined 25 years in management consulting to bring positivity into the lives of their clients.
Alexandria's massage practitioners come from backgrounds that range from the US Army Reserve to the biomedical division of the Red Cross. They alleviate chronic tension with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques or the light pressure of craniosacral therapy. Therapeutic acupuncture and aromatherapy are also offered along with Rx massages focused on specific afflictions, such as headaches, TMJ, and poor comedic timing.