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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instead of relying on a few professionals to oversee a large number of cases, Dr. Victoria Goldsten distributes responsibility among a large team of specialists. When clients need help losing weight, Dr. Goldsten pairs them with a nutritional consultant or body-wrap technician. Those seeking an energy-based approach to healing can meet with a doctor of naturopathology, an acupuncturist, or a reiki healer. The diverse team of specialists is bound together by the eclectic experience of Dr. Goldsten, whose title bears more acronyms than a government phone directory.