Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Awake Hypnosis proprietor Linda Plamondon helps patients clear their minds of chatter and slip into a relaxed state, preparing them to face down their mental blocks and insecurities. Safe and cozy in a comfortable chair, patients brush away the worries of the day as the seasoned hypnotist helps them tackle everything from quitting smoking to losing weight to managing stress, or even improving their golf game.
A registered nurse for 10 years, Paul Gustafson went on to clock another decade championing and practicing hypnosis through books, television, and private sessions. During free 30-minute phone or in-office consultations, Paul explains his process and helps patients decide if hypnosis suits them. In sessions, he probes each client's subconscious to uncover and then alter his or her attitude toward habits such as emotional eating, substance abuse, or smoking. His hypnosis can also relieve conditions and phobias such as stress, insomnia, nail biting, and fear of public speaking, which afflicts up to 35% of Americans and 100% of silent-film stars. He gradually teaches clients to perform self-hypnosis and supplies them with recordings of each session to aid in home reinforcement.
Anyone who's ever made a new year's resolution knows that it can be difficult to stay committed to the goals you've set. Board-certified hypnotist Tom Nicoli doesn't see this common phenomenon as a matter of laziness or faulty willpower?instead, he finds that our intentions are often undermined by unconscious habits and impulses. At A Better You Hypnosis, it's his job to replace those subterranean forces with more positive ones through hypnosis.
Viewers of Dateline NBC's Ultimate Diet Challenge got a good look at the results of Nicoli's practice in 2004 when he successfully helped a pastry chef shed 40 pounds despite a job that practically demands sipping cake batter. Weight loss is a common goal for his private clients, and he's turned his experience into a set of motivational CDs that got top rating from Shape magazine. But people also turn to him simply to reduce stress and boost confidence. Over the course of several sessions, Nicoli lays the groundwork for them to reinforce their positive new habits on their own throughout their lives.
Helmed by psychotherapist Sally Sacks, Sacks and Associates Counseling Center helps clients develop plans for their future through counseling sessions for families, couples, teens, and individuals. The center also offers therapeutic hypno-yoga classes that blend yoga poses with meditation exercises, as well as hypnosis sessions that seek to break undesirable habits.
The treatments at Forever-Young Skincare combine a variety of high-tech beauty technologies in the hopes of achieving a timeless goal?to fight aging. Aesthetician Nance Jack Garber deploys state-of-the-art implements that dole out ultrasonic waves, pulses of thermal light, and smoke signals of pure oxygen that work to ward off wrinkles and restore elasticity to the skin. Nance also brings more than two decades of experience as a massage therapist to her practice, complementing her modern facials with good old-fashioned deep-tissue massage and stretching.
"I put people in Trance – to get them out of 'the trance' of their negative thinking, habits, and behavior- and move them in the direction of healthy thinking, habits and behavior."
It seems backwards, but Addie Kania's approach to wellness is deceptively intuitive: she can only unravel the complexities of the subconscious after drawing the subconscious to the forefront. With her clients coaxed into hypnotic states, Addie helps them navigate their inner selves to unearth the underlying causes of compulsive behavior, negative thinking, and positive thinking about negative things.
While triumph over common complaints such as weight gain or smoking addiction ultimately lies in the client's actions—since "change," Addie stresses, "also needs to be consciously cultivated"—Addie's upheaval of subconscious blockers may help clear the path to wellness.