who want to quit smoking, lose weight, overcome fears or create
greater athletic and career success are wrapping their minds around
are debunking stereotypes like being put into a trance by a swinging
watch or crystal controlled by a master.
Hypnosis in the
21st century is a willing partnership, says practitioners Toni Greene
of Brookfield-based Hypnosis and Healing Center and Rick Paddock of
Milwaukee Hypnosis and Wellness Center in Hales Corners.
range in age from 5 to 70, with most being female.
Going to a
hypnotist, they say, formalizes what most of us do every day when we
use our subconscious to suspend disbelief while watching a movie or
reading a book. We also use that part of our mind as we settle into
something we do together instead of something I do to you," says
Paddock, who became a hypnotist seven years ago after a career in real
estate. He says he has always been a "student of the mind."
He is certified through International Certification Board of Clinical
Hypnotherapy and uses hypnosis as his primary practice tool.
"No one can
make you do something you donít want to do. This works on what you
truly want to begin with," says Greene. Formerly working in
marketing and the fitness/health care industry, she is certified by
the National Guild of Hypnotists. She utilizes hypnosis with energy
meditation and channeling.
also deliver their services differently. Paddock works one-on-one and
draws upon oneís sensory preferences. He says some people are able
to visualize, others respond to hearing their own or other voices, and
still others may be able to be taught to respond by feeling a part or
parts of their bodies.
himself a coach, teaching his clients those sensory tools so that they
may deploy them when needed. Greene works in groups as well as
one-on-one. She utilizes a Bio Pad, an FDA-approved device that
clients lie or recline on to receive the benefits of amethyst
crystals, far infrared light and negative ion technology. She also
uses a CD of a heartbeat-like rhythm.
She often helps
clients visualize a scene that they are entering as they achieve a
hypnosis, they say, is a comfortable relationship between client and
hypnotist. "You really need to be comfortable with the therapistís
certification and how they work," Paddock says.
hypnotism to life's common issues
Rick Paddock helping his clients understand they lived their
first 15 to 20 years without smoking or Toni Greene helping
clients identify triggers that empower the habit, both tap into
oneís desire to quit and explore what that might look and feel
like. Both say hypnotism can have an immediate effect.
smoking, kick-starting a weight loss depends on identifying
behavioral triggers and creating a picture/experience of
success. Greene and Paddock say itís a tough task, given that
food often punctuates a variety of emotions. Controlling oneís
eating habits through hypnosis therapy, they say, is often a
This is a
multifaceted category, from getting on elevators and flying to
routine medical procedures and PTSD. Greene says it may require
exploring oneís early life to identify a root cause. Paddock
says an emerging hypnosis approach is to concentrate on looking
forward. Repetitive behavior, including reaction to those
stimuli, must be broken and replaced with positive images and
feelings. It can be either a short or long process.
this area is approached in an opposite way ó by reinforcing
past or current habits. Like other issues, it requires seeing
and feeling themselves as successful. For those in higher risk
categories who could lose a job or position by poor performance,
the hypnotistís job is to help clients see what that may look
like and how that can be overcome.