Tales from the Sunken Place

The rain is pounding against the windows. The wind is howling. Every so often I hear the loud shudder of thunder. I’m in a warm, dark room breathing slowly. I can hear a voice in my ear telling me to hold my breath and strangely… I do it. All this started because I met a stranger online.


The rain is pounding against the windows. The wind is howling. Every so often I hear the loud shudder of thunder. I’m in a warm, dark room breathing slowly. I can hear a voice in my ear telling me to hold my breath and strangely… I do it. All this started because I met a stranger online.

What sounds like the beginning of a scary movie was actually a relaxing hypnosis session with Jennifer Schlueter. Jennifer and I began chatting after she responded to a comment I made in a Facebook group. The casual conversation eventually led to setting up a time for the hypnosis session. While Jennifer is a warm and friendly person, I must admit I was a little nervous going into the hypnosis session. I’m an avid scary movie fan, and the mere mention of hypnosis made me think of mind control, loss of my free will, and clucking like a chicken.

Thankfully there were no clucking noises or teacups (that I know of) and I still feel like myself. Contrary to the mind control shown in popular media, the hypnosis session involved no mind control whatsoever (and I’m not saying that because she told me to). Jennifer put my mind at ease and put much effort into explaining what to expect during the hypnosis session. Her website offers a plethora of information regarding hypnotherapy, and it’s many benefits. Even better, it gives readers a brief insight into how Jennifer gave up her job and home in Los Angeles to become a hypnotherapist and travel the world.

Far from the dramatized performance portrayed by stage hypnosis, hypnosis is a legitimate form of therapy. Hypnosis has been used for centuries. In fact, “ Some of the earliest evidence of hypnosis for healing comes from the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, dating to 1550 B.C.*” In Egypt and Greece, the sick were known to travel to healing places known as sleep temples to be cured by hypnosis. During the Civil War, army surgeons used hypnosis for pain control. More recently, Dr. Guy H. Montgomery and his colleagues tested the effectiveness of a 15-minute pre-operative hypnosis session with 200 breast cancer patients. He and his team discovered that patients who received hypnosis reported less post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort.**

Thankfully I did not need assistance with more severe issues such as post-surgical pain or smoking cessation. I find it amazing that hypnosis can help with such a wide range of conditions. I enjoyed my session with Jennifer, and I look forward to working with her in the future. If you’re curious and would like more information or would like to schedule a hypnosis session with Jennifer, please check out her website http://makeyourmindworkforyou.today or email her at makeyourmindworkforyou@gmail.com.

* http://johnmongiovi.com/blog/2014/10/22/a-history-of-hypnosis-from-anient-temples-to-modern-psycholgy

** https://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/fulltext/2008/01250/Hypnosis_May_Reduce_Pain,_Cost_Associated_with.12.aspx

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