A recent study found that 81 percent of participants were successful in quitting smoking after undergoing
hypnosis, but it can do so much more than just that. Kristina Guerrero went to Hypnosis By Pattie's Pattie
Freeman to try it out and find out what all the hype is about. Here are three surprising ways hypnosis can
change your life for the better.
When you think of hypnosis, you probably visualize villains or doctors with pocket watches,
but all stereotypes aside, experts say real hypnotherapy can cure some of the most common
"Smoking, weight loss, anxiety, depression, anything that
they would like to be worked on," said HypnotherapistPattie
Freeman has gotten into the minds of everyone from
celebrities to athletes. It all begins with relaxing.
"Every muscle throughout your body but your toes especially
are starting to relax," she said. "Let go of the obstacles. Let go of anything that stands in your
She's says it's not much different what we unknowingly go
"You daydream when you're driving home. You miss your
exit," Freeman said. "You're in your own little world. When you're on the computer and you find,
wow, time has flown by."
The term hypnosis comes from the Greek word "hypnos," which
means sleep, but what people don't know is that during hypnosis, you are more relaxed than
"Everyone thinks hypnosis means you have to be totally
asleep. That's not true. It's just a state of mind where you're in a dream state and when that happens,
then you can really take in all the suggestions," Freeman said.
Whether or not you believe in hypnotherapy, if you've ever
been mesmerized, say by a spinning black and white pattern, you can thank Franz Mesmer--the father of
While Freeman says you can't be hypnotized against your
will, she has gotten people to do some pretty silly things, like pretending to surf on dry land or performing
an Irish jig during a comedy show at the fair.
"Once you try it and you feel how great it feels, it's not
so scary anymore," Freeman said.