'World Hypnosis Day' shines light on practice; Valley hypnotist mixes healing with performance

PHOENIX - The first week of every New Year marks “World Hypnosis Day”.

But far from being some side show stunt, hypnotherapy is moving into mainstream medicine.

Almost everyone likes to set personal goals for the New Year.

“Weight loss, stress, sports enhancement of course, ringing of the ears, people that can't swallow pills…”

Name the ailment and Pattie Freeman says she can help with that.

As a certified hypnotherapist, Pattie welcomes all kind of people. Even those somewhat skeptical like Sabrina Kremer.

“Having another person in control of you and your conscious mind… basically taking control over it.”

But Pattie says hypnosis isn’t about mind control even if this session is called a speed trance.

“What hypnosis does is it changes our viewpoint of looking at things so it’s a little bit more positive viewpoint than anything else,” Pattie said.

She told me suggestions to the subconscious mind give the person the ability to change for themselves; not be a marionette of mental manipulation.

So what about the scenes like this one with everything from group hula dancing to phantom wedgies!

Isn’t this just a gimmick for a laugh?

“It gives you the knowledge for the people watching like ‘Wow, if that person could do that maybe I could do it.'"

In fact, the National Institutes of Health define, study and even promote hypnotic methods of treatment for a number of conditions.

“I've never done it before so I think it's a good idea,” Sabrina said.

For more information about Pattie’s methods and performances, visit:

www.hypnosisbypattie.com

 

 

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