Kevin Allen earned his personal training certification in 1989, but he didn’t stop there. Instead, he layered more expertise and experience onto his resume with every passing year, finally founding Namaste Personal Training to share his wealth of fitness knowledge with as many clients as possible. Now the gym has been named Oakland magazine's best gym in the East Bay in 2012 and 2013, a title Allen and his team of four trainers uphold by addressing patrons’ individual fitness goals in one-on-one personal training sessions, or obliterating bucket loads of calories in group fitness classes. They also tailor introductory fitness courses exclusively to beginners, lowering class size, shortening duration, and eliminating exercises that involve flaming jump ropes.
Certified members of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the husband-and-wife team of James D. and Lynn C. Swearingen have been tapping into patients' subconscious since 2006. The duo delves into clients’ minds to discover causes of anxiety, low self-esteem, and emotional trauma before taking steps toward behavioral change. Their treatments also help guests quit smoking, navigate 12-step counseling, or overcome their fear of taking tests while submerged in a shark tank. During each personalized appointment, the Swearingens train patients in self-hypnosis, which requires a minimum of four 50- to 90-minute sessions to master.
Hypnotherapy often conjures up images of magician-like performers who cause audience members to strut around the stage like chickens. But for professional hypnotherapist Rich D. Rios, Jr., this type of stage hypnotherapy is vastly different than what he does. As he promises on his website, he won’t make anyone cluck like a chicken unless that is their goal. Instead, the master's-degree-holding Rios, who is trained in basic, clinical, advanced, and medical hypnotherapy, helps his clients reach a controlled, trance-like state. This process is designed to keep them completely conscious and able to delve into entrenched issues or solve complex crossword puzzles. Through in-depth, one-on-one sessions, Rios helps his clients address concerns such as smoking, chronic pain, and phobias.
At Parviz Hypnotherapy & Holistic Center, Dr. Parviz Shafaghi uses his vast experience with hypnotherapy to help clients overcome difficult issues. During sessions, he can help clients deal with concerns such as depression, weight management, substance abuse, cigarette cessation, and self-confidence. He also specializes in dream analysis, working with clients to help analyze recurring dreams, nightmares, and their relationship with others.
Soft music thrums in the air, mingling with the soothing voice of Bay Healing's certified hypnotherapist, Gerri Levitas. These peaceful sounds aim to relax the conscious mind so that the subconscious, which contains our emotions and beliefs, becomes receptive to suggestion. Once the mind is relaxed, Gerri uses hypnotherapy to lessen stress, encourage smoking cessation, and promote weight loss. Instead of trying to legally adopt Gerri, clients can listen to a recording of their session on a take-home CD whenever they need reinforcement.