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A mesmerizing lesson plan

Local hypnotherapist teaches about misconceptions, how his therapy can help

Posted: January 31, 2009 10:44 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2009 8:00 a.m.

Virgil Vasquez teaches about hypnotherapy Saturday, at a seminar hosted by Whole Foods Market in Valencia. Vasquez provided a list of over 180 ailments to the crowd, which he claimed could all be cured by hypnotherapy.

Eyes were closed, lights were dim and surroundings were quiet as clinical hypnotherapist Virgil Vasquez led a small group of people through a relaxation exercise Saturday.

About 15 local residents sat through Vasquez’ exercise and informative seminar hosted at Whole Foods Market in Valencia.

“Hypnotherapy is one of the most powerful therapeutic modalities around right now,” Vasquez said. “It’s the most natural form of therapy, scientifically proven to access the sub-conscious mind.”

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique which uses hypnosis, a deeply relaxed state, to access the powerful subconscious mind to achieve desired changes in one’s life, according to information Vasquez provided.

It’s about helping one change whatever negative issues your sub-conscious, he said.

Vasquez provided a list of 180 life issues hypnotherapy has been known to help, including perfectionism, nausea, phobias, lack of direction, insecurity and revenge.

While hypnotherapy is not a regulated field in the U.S., Vasquez said he thinks it won’t be long before the field is recognized by insurance companies.

Vasquez works with the Therapeutical Hypnosis Center on Golden Triangle Road in Santa Clarita. He is a graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. According to information he provided, he’s experienced eight successful years of practice.

Vasquez addressed some of the myths and facts of hypnotherapy.

“Hollywood has painted a picture that’s not just real,” he said. A hypnotist cannot just snap their fingers and bring a patient under their sway, he said.

He taught the group the theory of mind, and discussed the energetic power of thoughts.

Many attendees showed intrigue over Vasquez’ example of a study in which basketball athletes who imagined making free throws for a period of time were as successful as those who physically practiced making free throws for the same period.

“Something vividly imagined or creatively visualized is as powerful as actually doing it,” he said.

Vasquez ended with his relaxation exercise where he had attendees imagine through different areas of relaxation from their head to toes.

“I felt completely relaxed,” said Paul Leonard, of Saugus.

Carol Tuffill, of Valencia, loved the seminar.

“I’m a firm believer in it,” she said. “I’m more into natural therapy as opposed to chemicals. It was very good and I loved the exercise.”

Steve Tuffill said he is open to the idea.

“One thing (Vasquez) said is, everyone is much more into the body than the mind which is much more powerful,” he said. “You can achieve much more by focusing on the mind.”

Victoria Abarca, of Valencia, was seeking help for herself and her mother.

“I came looking for ideas for me because my mom is going through chemotherapy in Spain but also for me because I’m finding it hard to deal at a distance and I have anxiety,” Abarca said. “I thought it was very interesting. I think it really helped me."


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