The Hypnotist

Welcome to my website

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 or any search engine, just not Internet Explorer. Explorer pushes paragraphs to the left of the page while Chrome, etc. fills in the whole page. Just click on Chrome or ? and type in then turn your phone sideways.

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 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. Then we'll work on the issues you wish to change or improve upon.

What is hypnosis? The word hypnosis sounds too mystical and it isn't, so let's look at it on a practical level. You enter a "hypnotic state of mind" when you can focus on one thought or one chore and can block out the surrounding things which could have easily distracted you. This could be reading a book, watching TV, gardening or having an interesting conversation with someone and, again, have blocked out the surrounding things that could have easily distracted you. So hypnosis is simply focusing on one thing while blocking out the other things.

Now here is when you can access the real power of the mind. Once you're in this concentrated state of focus, you actually become more creative as well as open to new possibilities in your health and in your life. These incredible possibilities are achieved by "visualizing" in detail what you want and by "verbally" repeating the steps necessary to achieve it. And if you cannot visualize clearly because you are easily distracted (by kids running around, etc.) then the hypnotist can help you block out those distractions and then suggest that those creativities and possibilities become your reality.

Let's look at this scientifically. Since the invention of the EEG in 1925, the electroencephalography, scientists have been able to prove that we have 4 brainwave patterns (5 if you count the recently discovered Gamma wave: coma-like sleep). They are Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. More simply put, they are wide awake, daydreaming, deep meditative or focused thought as explained above and regular sleep. Scientists have proven that your brain is exhibiting the same Theta waves regardless of whether you are in a deep state of hypnosis or when you are simply reading a book, etc., and have blocked out the surrounding things that could have easily distracted you. So hypnosis, or entering a hypnotic state of mind, is simply concentrating on one thing while blocking out the surrounding things that could have easily distracted you. 

Who can be hypnotized? Anyone who can follow my instructions and trust in me that I have your best interest at heart. If, however, I ask you to stare at a spot and do not take your eyes off of it (this is that concentrating on one thing I just spoke of) and you look away, then you're not following my suggestions and therefore you will not enter a hypnotic state of mind. It doesn't mean you can't enter hypnosis. It means that you're not following my suggestions at this particular point in time.

Is hypnosis safe? Thanks to scary movies, common misconceptions are that hypnosis is mind control and against your religion. The truth is, it is what you experience every day as explained above, so it couldn't possibly be against your religion. Second, you're not asleep, you're simply trying to focus on one thought or one chore. Now imagine focusing on a book and someone tells you to rob a bank. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? The same is true with the hypnotist. Once he helps you focus, he cannot suggest you do something that you do not want to do, so it is not mind control. Then why do people act out on a stage? The people who act out on a stage would have done so even if they weren’t under hypnosis because they are naturals at clowning around. And, since you're not asleep, just focused, if the hypnotist were to stop talking or walk away, you would simply open your eyes just as if you were coming out of a daydream.

Why do people close their eyes and look like they're asleep when they're hypnotized? When the hypnotist says the word sleep, your subconscious knows that sleep means relax. Your central nervous system calms down, you'll stop fidgeting which, in turn, helps you to focus which is why people who can calm themselves down and stop fidgeting can focus better than others and they usually end up leading happier and more financially productive lives.

What does hypnosis feel like? 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. If they can't, then go to a different hypnotist.

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.

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