My name is Johnathan Banks 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 blue Earth symbol) 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.
Please note: Hypnotherapy is not covered by any type of medical insurance and never was. It's a cash or charge business. Please check out my prices page.
My specialty is stress related. With that in mind, I can help you eliminate depression, hopelessness, fears, anxieties, sleeplessness and nightmares, as well as body aches and pains, especially "pain free child birth" and "fibromyalgia" and, of course, smoking and weight. And I can help you gain a lot more energy, self confidence and motivation as well as help you perform better than ever at sports and on the job.
For hypnosis, I come to your home, office or we can meet at a safe outside location. My clients are from Los Angeles to Bakersfield and often can't come to me so I'm mobile. And I'm not your ordinary hypnotist. With me, you can either sit or stand and I'll put you through 3 (15 second) progressive exercises, each one is meant to help you relax and focus more and more. And I am the ONLY hypnotist who can help you with multiple issues at once, so write them down and bring the list with you.
What is hypnosis? The word hypnosis or hypnotized has no real explanation and was therefore greatly misinterpreted and abused by the movie industry who convinced the superstitious and naive public that it was evil, mind control, against their religion and only for the weak minded, the exact opposite of what it really is.
The word "hypnotized" used to be called "mesmerized" which means to focus on something, so much so, that you've blocked out the surrounding things that could have easily distracted you.
An example is reading a book in a noisy area. Even though you can hear the kids yelling and cars driving by, you don't allow them to break your concentration. You've been "absorbed" in the story of the book, so focused that nothing could have pulled your attention away.
Another example: I once heard a woman complain 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."
That's all mesmerized and hypnotized is, focusing on something while ignoring the surrounding things that could have easily distracted you.
Professional sports players call it "being in the zone" which is when they focus only on the game and they don't allow their personal problems at home to distract them.
Yoga instructors get you into this "zone" by having you focus only on your breathing and your body position.
Meditators get into this "zone" by focusing on either a single thought, a particular sound or chant, or by focusing on an object in the room.
Once you're in this concentrated state of focus, your mind actually become more creative as well as open to new possibilities, especially in your health and in your life. And while you are in this concentrated state of focus, anyone passing by can give you "suggestions." And since suggestions are just that, you have the ability to accept them or reject them. If, while a sports player is focusing only on the next play and he or she accepts what the coach suggests, then the player will do better at that play.
Is hypnosis mind control? Yes, with your permission. Did I just shock you? Because every hypnotist in the world will tell it isn't.
We are all susceptible to outside influences, whether they are suggestions or commands. And we are especially susceptible when we have entered a "hypnotic state of mind" which, remember, means when we are focused on something, anything actually, and have blocked out the surrounding things that could have easily distracted us.
Some YouTube hypnotists call this focused state of mind as being in a heightened state of suggestibility. Don't let the big words confuse you. It means when you have entered a hypnotic state of mind, you are more likely to accept what someone is telling you as the absolute truth without resistance. With that in mind, then hopefully, what that person tells you is for your health and happiness.
This is why you need to trust you doctor, your psychiatrist, your psychologist and even your hypnotist that they have your best interest at heart AND that they will only use "suggestions" which you can choose to either accept or reject instead of "commands" whereas you might have no choice.
In the hands of a competent hypnotist, commands are only used in stage hypnosis shows. Suggestions are used in therapy, thereby giving the client the free will to accept or reject each suggestion each step of the way. Quite often, we say "nod your head if you accept this suggestion." Some of us add "you have the ability to shake your head NO if you do not want to accept this particular suggestion."
Why do people look like they're asleep when they're hypnotized? The word "sleep" is the easiest word for our brains to understand and hypnotists say it because it's accepted by our brains a lot faster than the other word we hypnotists use, "relax." However, our brains and our subconscious minds know that we hypnotists don't mean sleep as in bedtime, but sleep as in to relax your central nervous system.
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, 2% of any given group of people cannot be hypnotized because their brains are wired differently and an additional 14% of any given group of people are very difficult, even if they are willing, and will need a few, hopefully free, sessions in order to reach the necessary depth of mind in order for change to be effective. In a hypnosis stage show, these would be the people that are sent back into the audience.
What does hypnosis feel like? Your central nervous system has calmed down, you've stopped fidgeting and you feel relaxed and you can still hear everything going on around you and, if your eyes are closed, you feel as if you could open them but you are so relaxed that you just want to keep your eyes closed and enjoy the experience. And here's a secret, your eyes don't have to be closed. The hypnotist can help you just as easily with your eyes wide open.
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.