My name is Johnathan Banks. I'm a medical, a clinical and a corporate hypnotist and before you read any further, I'd like to point out that this website looks a lot better when you're using Google Chrome. Explorer (the other search engine on your phone) pushes paragraphs to the left of the page while Chrome fills in the whole page. Just click on Chrome and type in HypnotistBanks.com then turn your phone sideways.
My specialty is stress related. I can help you if you experience depression, hopelessness, fears, anxieties, PTSD, sleeplessness and nightmares, as well as extreme body aches and pains like bad backs that require injections, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and painless childbirth. And I can also help you gain a lot more energy, self confidence and motivation as well as help you perform better at sports and on the job.
I come to your home, office or we can meet at a safe outside location. My clients are throughout southern California and often can't come to me so I go to them. Therefore, I don't work out of an office. And I am the ONLY hypnotist who can help you with multiple issues at once, so write them down and have the list with you.
What exactly is hypnosis? Hypnosis was a word that was wrongly created, greatly abused by the movie industry and therefore misinterpreted by the general public as mind control. The exact opposite of what it is. I wrote a little more about this HERE.
Before the word hypnosis was created, the word everyone used was mesmerized. Now this is a much easier word to interpret and understand. My favorite example is when I heard a woman say to her husband "You were so mesmerized by that girl walking by that a 6 foot chicken could have walked in front of you and you wouldn't have even noticed."
You have put yourself into a "hypnotic state of mind" or "you are mesmerized" when you can focus on an object, a chore, an exercise, a TV show, an interesting story in a book, or even on a cute person walking by to the point where you don't pay attention to anything else going on around you and even the kids screaming in the background don't pull your attention away from your focus.
To put it simply, you have put yourself into a "hypnotic state of mind" when you can focus on one thing and have blocked out the surrounding things that could have easily distracted you.
Yoga instructors get you into this state of focus by having you concentrate only on your breathing and your body position.
Meditators get into this state of focus by concentrating only on an object in the room or on one particular sound or thought.
Professional sport coaches get you into this state of focus by having you focus only on the next play and to not get distracted by the cheerleaders dancing or the crowd jumping up and down.
Once you have done so, a byproduct of focusing is that your body begins to relax. A byproduct of relaxing is that your mind thinks more clearly and is even more capable of finding solutions to problems that couldn't be found while under stress. An example is remembering where you put your keys earlier.
A byproduct of focusing only on one thing and allowing your body to relax is that your mind not only thinks more clearly but also becomes more creative as well as open to new possibilities. It's like a domino effect. One chip falls and the others follow.
This is the moment when anyone nearby, such as a friend, a family member or even a psychiatrist, a psychologist and yes, even a hypnotist can give you "suggestions" on self improvements. But each suggestion is just that, a suggestion. And it is always a matter of choice, whether you want to accept the suggestion or not.
Who can be hypnotized? Anyone who has trust in me that I have your best interest at heart and is willing to follow my simple instructions. However, some clients may be afraid of something new to them and may resist the process. These clients will need two or three free sessions before they can reach the level of focus necessary for therapy to be effective.
Why do hypnotists say the word "sleep?" Because it's the easiest word for our minds to understand and comply with. Your mind knows that when a hypnotist says the word sleep that it doesn't mean bedtime sleep, that it means to stop fidgeting, calm down and relax your central nervous system. You'll still be wide awake, just very relaxed.
How effective is hypnosis? Hypnosis is very effective and often in just one session. However, each follow up session, if kept in a timely manner, allows what the hypnotist is telling you to sink deeper and deeper into your subconscious causing change to become more and more permanent.