Thursday, 28 November 2013

Medical aid to pay for stop smoking hypnosis

Every year 44 000 South Africans die from smoking-related diseases. Now the first SA medical scheme is covering hypnosis as a treatment for those who want to quit smoking.

With nearly six million people around the world dying of tobacco related illnesses each year and well over 44 000 of these being South Africans, big strides need to be taken to ensure that this figure is significantly reduced locally. Genesis Medical Scheme has realised the gravity of this issue, deciding to support its members in their smoking cessation efforts through provision of an option to use their savings for hypnosis - a first in South Africa.
Brian Watson, Medical Scheme Executive at Genesis Medical Scheme, says that kicking the habit is extremely hard for smokers and providing members with the access to this form of treatment, gives them the support they need to lead a healthier lifestyle.
“Scary statistics from the World Health Organisation estimate that by 2020 smoking will have caused more deaths than HIV, Tuberculosis, maternal mortality, car accidents, suicide and murder combined. South Africans need to realise the dangers of smoking. Not only is it a very expensive habit to maintain, but the medical costs associated with the treatment of smoking related illnesses are becoming increasingly expensive,” says Watson.
He says that the healthcare system and medical aid providers are saddled with the cost burden of resultant illnesses. “Due to smoking affecting nearly every organ of the human body, smokers are more likely to develop chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease. In the long-term, smokers utilise healthcare services more frequently as they typically fall ill more often than non-smokers and this results in private and public healthcare systems being forced to compensate for the associated costs,” adds Watson.
What do the statistics reveal?
Watson points to statistics which reveal that undergoing hypnosis as a means to quit smoking has a 90.6% success rate. “These results are staggeringly positive and therefore our members are encouraged to make use of this form of treatment in an attempt to quit smoking and lead a healthier lifestyle. However, hypnosis can only be effective with full consent and commitment,” says Watson.
He adds that people who are looking to quit smoking should be careful when selecting a hypnosis practitioner to assist them. “We advise that members, and others, make use of a qualified hypnosis practitioner who is registered with The South African Institute of Hypnotherapy. The use of an unregistered hypnotist can do more harm than good and the cost of such treatment will also not be covered from the member’s medical savings account.”
“More often than not, smokers do not realise that by smoking, they incur more costs than just the actual cost of cigarettes and medical bills. As a smoker, you are likely to be subject to insurance penalties which are added on to the premiums of life insurance policies. Luckily, when smokers subsequently kick the habit and stay off for a year, their premium surcharges are likely to be removed and adjusted to an ordinary premium,” says Watson.
Quitting smoking eliminates the risk of heart disease
According to Dr Vash Mungal-Singh, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, smoking is the single most preventable cause of death globally and at least doubles the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. “The good news is that by quitting smoking, along with eating healthily and regularly being physically active, about 80% of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Once you quit, you will feel the benefits almost immediately – within 12 hours your circulation improves, and within 1 year of quitting your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker,” says Mungal-Singh.
Statistics reveal that a typical smoker loses about 25 years on their life expectancy which results in premature death. “Each packet of cigarettes shaves approximately 28 minutes off a smoker’s life and even if they do quit smoking, only after about 15 years can the health risks be compared to that of a non-smoker. Merely kicking the habit does not mean that the health of a smoker will go back to normal, but this shouldn’t discourage smokers in seeking to lead a healthier lifestyle, it is definitely a step in the right direction,” concludes Watson.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Easy way to stop smoking

South Africans love to smoke cigarettes!

We all know smoking kills, yet we continue to smoke. A person who starts smoking in their late teens has a 50% chance of dying of smoking related disease by the age of 60. Smoking is the second most important risk factor worldwide for deaths, second only to hypertension. Smoking causes tuberculosis, lung cancer, stroke, throat and mouth cancer, as well as various lung and heart diseases.

South Africa has in the region of 8 million smokers (16.4% of population). This has come down dramatically from the 32% of South Africans who were smokers in 1993. (South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey : Sanhanes -1) This can largely be attributed to stricter smoking legislation, advertising limitations and higher tobacco prices.

"We all have to die of something", is the usual motto heard uttered by smokers. And so smoking tobacco causes one in four deaths in middle-aged men and one in six of all deaths in middle aged-women in the coloured community, twice as high as for white South Africans.. Dr Debbie Bradshaw of the Medical Research Council and a member of CDIA, one of the leading participants in this mortality study says, "We have known about the link between smoking and mortality for many decades, but did not know the magnitude of the problem." 

According to Professor Krisela Steyn, Associate Director of the Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA), South Africa still has far too many smokers. Of course smokers also expose family members to second-hand smoke, which also carries a health risk.

The best advice is never to start smoking. The Youth Risk Behaviour Survey found that 21% of Grade 8-11 learners smoke, with no change occurring between 2002 and 2008 – showing a resistance to warnings about smoking. This might be because young people may think they are immune to risk. It is becoming more and more important to stop young people from taking up smoking in the first place, as nicotine is a highly addictive drug.

For those who want to stop smoking, there are a few options available to help them get free from cigarettes. Medication and stop smoking programs are usually the first steps people take to ridding themselves of the smoking habit, but the majority seem to fail and then opt for more desperate measures like acupuncture.

The reason most of these initiatives fail, is because smoking is habit forming. While one has to take the chemical factors of nicotine and other chemicals that are present in cigarettes into consideration, the biggest hurdle a smoker has to overcome is the habit problem. Few of the above mentioned interventions focus on this area, which means the failure rate of people who want to stop smoking is quite high.

Hypnosis has become an increasingly popular method for smokers to change their habits. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone. (University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.)
So if you are ready to stop smoking, if you have tried everything else and failed, if you have made a final decision to stop smoking, you may want to give hypnosis the benefit of the doubt. It may take between one and three sessions to permanently give up the smoking habit and replace it with healthy habits that will improve your health and increase your life span.

For more information on how to do it, visit

Monday, 24 June 2013

Winter weight loss special

During the dead of winter, when all is cold and dreary, we tend to eat more, piling on those extra kilograms that we regret so much come summertime. 

Why do we do this? Why do we eat more in the winter months?

Well, it is a common belief that fat keeps you warm. And according to Ahmed Ahmed, consultant gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, this is wrong.

‘Those who carry excess weight actually feel colder,’ he says.
‘When you put on fat from excess calories it is white adipose tissue; the only fat that keeps you warm is brown adipose tissue, which babies have and which is due to genetic programming.’

Perhaps it comes from ancient times, when food was scarce during winter. As this is no longer the case, this excuse seems to be valid no  more.

Perhaps it has something to do with hormones? 

Melatonin, the hormone triggered by darkness that makes us feel sleepy, can also have a role in appetite. 

‘In spring and summer, levels of melatonin decline, but in autumn and winter levels of melatonin increase,’ says Dr Perry Barrett at Aberdeen University, whose research specialises in seasonal weight gain in mammals. ‘This hormone acts on appetite.’ 

In most mammals, this increase in melatonin reduces hunger — a strategy to deal with diminished food resources. But in some  species the same system produces opposite effects, so it’s possible this could account for increased hunger and weight in humans. Well, it’s a good excuse anyway.

Or maybe it has something to do with our levels of happiness.

Professor Craig Jackson, head of psychology at Birmingham City University, says: ‘In winter, we tend to develop a lower level of happiness, called ennui. This is basically low level dissatisfaction, which we get when it’s cold, wet and dark.’ 

He adds that studies show that when we’re suffering with ennui, we use comfort foods as a pick-me-up twice as much as usual. 

‘In winter, we go for energy-dense, calorific foods, which tend to be sweeter or fattier,’ says Dr Barrett.
The problem is that these high-sugar snacks will inevitably lead to a sudden drop in blood sugar levels, leaving you craving more energy. You then get into a rollercoaster of highs and lows — and store the surplus calories as fat.

Inevitably it will become summer again, and we will try to squeeze into swimsuits, realise that the flad has built up and seek short term solutions to fix the problem. This might result in yo-yo dieting, which will have negative effects on our health.

The solution? It starts right now and right here. You have to start doing something today in order to improve your lifestyle. Eating the right foods in the right quantities is the first step. exercise is the second. And to make a mindset change, you may even need hypnosis.

At Hypnosis Works!, the hypnosis practice based in Pretoria, you are now given the opportunity to get to grips with your weight issues once and for all. By taking charge of all aspects of your weight, you can start building that lovely, slim and trim summer body. 

I am offering a series of 8 sessions that will deal with all aspects of weight management at a subconscious level. It does not matter how much weight you want to reduce, you can now start doing it with comfort and ease, just by making a few crucial changes. I will hold your hand and guide you every step of the way, helping you overcome those hurdles that you have fallen over before. 

And I will even throw in a 9th session absolutely free if you book within the next 7 days!

Usually the complete program costs R 4250, but if you book and pay in full before the end of June 2013, you will save a massive R 1250, as you will only pay R 3000 for the sessions. That works out to only R 375 per session! And you get the 9th session absolutely free!

So what are you waiting for? What excises are you going to make? How long are you going to wait?

Just imagine yourself when the warm days of summer return, and you are slim and trim, healthy and fit, the envy of your friends and family!

Contact me today for more information about the program and to book your space!

Email me on or call my cell 083-379-2489.

I look forward to hearing from you!

(Some of the above information was copied from

Friday, 26 April 2013

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A Day in the Life of a Consulting Hypnotist

So have you ever wondered what does a hypnotist do every day? Let me give you a glimpse into the therapy practise of a Consulting Hypnotist.

The day starts at around eight, when I arrive in my office. As I work from home, I do not have to battle traffic, just navigate past the dog trying to trip me up in the passage. Once in the office I start like most people, checking emails and Facebook updates, having a look at my calendar for the day and sending reminders to clients for their upcoming sessions.

I also look at my daily schedule and do the necessary preparation for the day’s clients, making sure there are enough CD’s for the smokers, pamphlets for new clients and workbooks for people struggling with weight issues.

I usually see clients every two hours, starting at 09h00. Hypnosis can be quite time intensive, therefore I like to schedule clients every two hours. It also gives me a few minutes breather between sessions. Sometimes sessions can be quite draining and one needs a few minutes to recover and get ready for the next client.

If they are repeat clients, I may schedule shorter sessions. You see, the first session is usually quite long, as we have to demystify hypnosis and teach the client how to enter hypnotic trance. And this session is also the time for the client to let it all out, define the problem and give some background information. I ask every client what outcomes they are seeking and how they will benefit from the work we will be doing.

Some days business is good and I am booked solid. Other days may be empty and I have lots of time to do marketing, research, catch up on reading, preparing for the more challenging cases. Most days is a combination of clients and free time.

I have found that hypnosis is a kind of seasonal thing. Some months are really good for business, other months are almost deathly quiet. April is probably the worst, followed by December. The best and busiest months seem to be February and May.

A client usually finds me on the internet and sends an email with a query for the presenting problem. I then send an email back with lots of information, as well as making a call to the person making the inquiry to find out if they are ready to make an appointment. These are confirmed via email and I ask a small deposit to secure the appointment.

One of the biggest problems I face is people making bookings for a session, only to not arrive. This can be very frustrating and it is a great waste of time, sitting and waiting or a client who doe not come. By paying a small deposit, the client is almost assured of arriving for the session.

Once a new client arrives for a session, I will have an in depth first session with them. Most people have some funny ideas about hypnosis, so we have to get rid of the misconceptions and fears before work can start. The client also needs to understand what it is they have to do and what the role of the hypnotist is, and this is covered in detail.
Between sessions there is time for a quick coffee, checking emails, going for a fresh breath and to clear the mind, maybe even time for some self-hypnosis.

Somebody asked me yesterday why I keep on saying that I am doing admin, what possible admin could a hypnotist do? Well, like any business, there are quite a number of things that have to be checked. Apart from the obvious keeping of client records, I spend considerable time every day following up old and new clients, making sure deposits have been paid and so on.

Marketing and advertising also takes up a good chunk of every day. Most client who come to hypnosis get to solve their problems in just a few sessions, and one must always find new clients. Apart from the internet, I rely a lot on word of mouth advertising, which means I have to ensure that my clients are happy with the service they received and that they achieve their desired results. Once people start speaking about hypnosis to their families, friends and work colleagues, referrals start happening. I therefore do everything I can to help my clients achieve their desired results, as I know this will bring more business in future.

Working with a client can be quite an adventure. I have learned never to guess what the cause of the problem might be, instead I allow the client’s subconscious mind to find the solution. I am just the guide, helping the client identify and use inner resources. Of course this is fun, sometimes it can be dramatic too, especially in the case of a person who has severe problems. I have found that the human mind is complex, everybody is different, and yet so far I have not found one person who has not benefited from hypnosis in some way.

I see a lot of people who want to stop smoking. Having stopped smoking myself ten years ago, I understand the fears people have. “What am I supposed to do now instead of smoking?” My smoking program is a little longer than a normal session, as I need to train the client how to replace the smoking habit with new, healthy habits. I offer free follow-up sessions, should the client need it.

As more people are becoming aware of the benefits of hypnosis, so more people are turning to hypnotists like myself to help them solve their problems. And I do it with pleasure, know that the vast majority of my clients will find the solutions they seek. Helping people is what I do best, and I invite you too to give hypnosis a chance. It might just provide the answer you were looking for.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Learn the Secrets of Hypnosis

For many people, hypnosis is steeped in mystery and intrigue. It is as if this phenomenon is a part of the human experience and we are aware of it, but apart from shows on television or on the stage it remains vague and mysterious. Collectively we all know something about it, but its secrets are hidden from us and how it works remains a mystery.

And now we have a choice: We are either going to solve the mystery, or are we going to find a way to find out what can be found. The secrets to a deeper mystery awaits...

And once we start digging for secrets, we will be surprised to find out how easy it is to access those secrets. In fact, it is as simple as attending one of the upcoming workshops in Pretoria. By Mastering the Power of Self-Hypnosis, you will learn the deepest secrets of this ancient technique and its mysteries will be revealed. In doing so, you will learn one of the most useful tools available to man to achieve his goals.

You may learn how to relax deeply. You may learn to use daydreaming for your advantage. You may learn how to use the power of words to achieve what you want and get what you ask for. And you will receive a powerful book to help you even more by giving you extra information.

By the end of this one-day session, you will have learned the deepest secrets of self-hypnosis and how to powerfully use it in your own life. And you will start to change your life for the better in a very short space of time.

What was once hidden is now revealed! And you too can learn and use these secrets to your advantage! By attending any of these one-day workshops on any of the following dates, you are making a date with destiny:

Choose between 5 May, 26 May, 23 June and 30 June, because on these dates small groups of secret-seekers will gather in Villieria in Pretoria (South Africa). They will meet at 09h00 and spend the day together, sharing a light vegetarian meal and refreshments, as the deepest secrets are revealed to them in a practical way. By 15h30 of that same day, they will depart enlightened, empowered to take charge of their own lives and achieve their goals using this powerful method.

Are you going to be one of those people? Are you ready for the truth? Are you ready for it to set you free? The cost is miniscule compared to the wealth of practical knowledge that you will take back with you. And for the total of R 1350 you will also receive the handbook and a practical workbook, a use-at-home CD to get you started, as well as the aforementioned meal. And don't forget that all teh Secrets of Hypnosis are included in the price too!

As soon as you decide that you either want to find out more or book your spot on this quest for information, you are welcome to call Hendrik Baird on cell 083-379-2489 or email 

All shall be revealed as the events of the day unfold, and you merely have to be here in order to receive. And you will take up this challenge, will you not?

This invitation has been issued by Hendrik Baird of

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

How does it feel to be Hypnotised?

Is there a specific feeling that you are supposed to experience while under hypnosis? How do you know that you have been hypnotised? What does it feel like to be in hypnosis?

I run a full-time hypnosis practice in Pretoria, and see my fair share of clients who say that they have been to a hypnotist before, but that the hypnotist couldn’t “get them under” and they left disappointed, feeling they were not hypnotised.

Some people don’t believe they were hypnotised because they felt in control the whole time, as if they could open their eyes at any moment. Others come out of a hypnotic experience and the first words they utter are: ”I don’t feel I was hypnotised. I wasn’t asleep!”

I have even had clients who have come for a series of sessions and were in the process of making profound changes in their lives, saying that they still did not think they were hypnotised, because the experience was nothing like it was supposed to be on based on their perceptions of what hypnosis is, as presented on television and liv hypnosis shows.

It is so very important that the client’s misconceptions of hypnosis are dealt with during the first session. The more the client understands what hypnosis really is, how it works and how to use it for success, the better results will be. 

First of all, hypnosis is not sleep. You are indeed awake during hypnosis, hearing everything that is being said, aware of everything around you. Your senses may even sharpen. If you were to sleep during a hypnosis session, it would be a very expensive nap!

And yes, you are in control during the hypnosis experience. In fact, it is an experience you create on your own, just by following suggestions. In other words, if you choose to, you could open your eyes whenever you want to. You could choose not to follow the suggestions, and do something completely different. In other words, for hypnosis to take place, you have to give your complete consent. You have to agree to follow the suggestions and do exactly what is said, which means you will engage in a process that is for your highest good and benefit. In short, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

Furthermore, if you have been for hypnosis before, and you didn’t feel you were being “put under”, you are absolutely right. Nobody can “put you under”, except perhaps if you were wrestling. Yet just because you think nothing happened does not mean that you did not experience hypnosis. Perhaps you were just not well informed about what to expect.

So is there in fact any specific way you ought to feel during a hypnosis session? Indeed there are two things that need to happen. The first is relaxation, the second is concentration. When used in combination, these two “feelings” create an ideal opportunity for subconscious change to occur. Through the use of positive suggestion and other processes, you can make profound positive changes to yourself and your life by just relaxing and concentrating at the same time.
With the assistance of a skilled hypnosis practitioner, you will quickly learn what to do to get to that point of the process that we call trance. By experiencing the process a few times, it becomes easier and easier to enter the trance state, because you start learning how to do it. The more you do it, the better you get at it, the more hypnotic “feelings” you may experience, like a heavy feeling in the limbs, or a feeling of being both detached from and inside your body at the same time. Perhaps you may not even remember some parts of the session and what was said, as your subconscious mind takes more responsibility than your conscious mind.

The best advice I can give is that you do not bring your preconceived ideas to the session. Rather open yourself up to a wonderful new experience, with which you can change your life for the better. Choose a capable hypnosis practitioner and ask questions, before and after the session, so that you understand what you are supposed to do to experience the hypnosis process.

And remember that it is an experience unique to you. There is no right and wrong way, there is only your way. If you are looking for a feeling, perhaps you might consider a massage.

Hendrik Baird is a Consulting Hypnotist in Pretoria.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Wil jy leer om jouself te hipnotiseer?


Bemeester die Krag van Self-Hipnose
‘n Praktiese Werkswinkel vir Self-Verbetering

Hypnosis Works! kondig met trots aan dat hierdie werkswinkel op Sondag 17 Maart in Afrikaans aangebied word. Ek wil jou graag uitnooi om vir die dag by ons aan te sluit.

Ons het almal die vermoë om te skep wat ons begeer. Tydens hierdie werkswinkel sal jy leer hoe om die krag van jou onderbewussyn te gebruik om wonderlike dinge in jou lewe te skep.

Jy sal leer hoe om jou eie roetekaart vir jou lewe te skep en dit te verkry deur self-hipnose tegnieke te gebruik. Wat is dit wat jy wil hê? Watter is die belangrikste doelwitte om eerste te verkry en watter doelwitte is eintlik onbelangrik?

Vertrou jou onderbewussyn om jou die pad aan te dui!

Werkswinkel Program

08h30 – 09h00            Registrasie
09h00            - 10h45             Sessie 1
11h00            - 13h00            Sessie 2
13h45            - 15h30            Sessie 3

Werkswinkel Inhoud

Sessie 1            Bekendstellings
                        Oorsig en uitkomste
                        Geleide Visualisering
                        Hipnose in die Geskiedenis

Sessie 2            Wat is Hipnose en Hoe Werk Dit?
                        Leer Self-Hipnose Tegnieke

Sessie 3            Doelwit Prioritisering
                        Sit doelwitte om in aksie
                        Gebruik self-hipnose om doelwitte te bekom
                        Bring alles bymekaar vir sukses

Werkswinkel Uitkomste

Aan die einde van die werkswinkel sal jy:
  1. Die plek van Hipnose in die geskiedenis verstaan;
  2. Die basiese konsepte van hipnose verstaan;
  3. Jouself kan hipnotiseer;
  4. Doelwitte kan formuleer en prioritiseer;
  5. Effektiewe verklarings kan formuleer;
  6. Weet hoe om verklarings tydens self-hipnose te gebruik om jou doelwitte te bekom.


Die gewone koste is R 1500 vir die dag, maar ons bied aan jou die spesiale afslagprys van slegs R 750 vir die werkswinkel. Dit sluit ‘n ligte vegetariese ete in.

Die kursushandboek Mastering the Art of Self-Hypnosis deur Roy Hunter is te koop teen slegs R 500 elk.

Let op die sluitingsdatum vir besprekings is Donderdag 7 Maart om 17h00.

Om te bespreek, stuur asseblief jou Naam en Kontakbesonderhede per kerende epos. Meld ook of jy die boek wil bestel. Sonder die boek is die koste R 750, met die boek is dit R 1250.

Om bespreking the bevestig, moet die volle betaling gemaak word per EFT:
HJ Baird
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Rek 1291330389
Verwysing WS + Jou Naam.

Skakel gerus indien jy enige verdere inligting benodig:
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Sunday, 17 February 2013


South Africa stands shocked at the unfolding drama of a hero fallen and two lives destroyed. Destroyed in an instant. What led up to that moment will surely only be partly unravelled over the next few years, and we will probably never know exactly what happened between those two people on that fateful Valentine’s Day.

Without speculating at all on the case, it has raised an interesting question. Could hypnosis prevent a tragedy like this occurring?

It is no secret that hypnotists help and guide people to solutions for their problems. Most hypnotists will help a client to resolve a major issue in his/her life through regression or other methods. The main point of departure (depending on who you talk to) is that every problem we experience in our life could be traced to a root cause, which usually occurs before, during or after birth.

For instance, weight is usually caused as a protective mechanism, and the client who wishes to reduce weight will be regressed to an event which occurred during the early years of life. The theory is that by reliving the trauma to some degree and by accessing those repressed memories and dealing with them in a constructive way, leads to a cathartic experience. This in turn leads to behavioural change, as the root cause of the problem, usually a repressed emotion, is released. So the reason for being overweight is resolved and the client can start reducing the weight.

Of course there are various other techniques and approaches that could be used to let go of old, negative patterns of behaviour. Approaches vary from practitioner to practitioner, although so-called Regress to Cause (RTC) methods seem pervasive.

The problem with hypnosis, as has been pointed out before in other posts, is that it is usually a last resort, something people try when they have already tried everything else. The sad fact is that way too few people use hypnosis constructively in their daily lives. People who are absolutely desperate to find solutions to long standing problems may end up in the hypnotist’s chair, but for the majority of people it is difficult enough to admit to having a problem in the first place, never mind actually going to somebody for help. The odds of this happening are extremely slim. Imagine then the small number of people who actually end up doing hypnosis!

Is there place then for preventative hypnosis? Why wait until the problem becomes so big that it is really difficult to solve it and it turns into an unexpected tragedy? Why could we not sort out issues before they become problems?

It is my experience from seeing people daily for hypnosis, that everybody has a story (Oprah was right.) We all carry some burdens from the past with us and we need ways to resolve it. Hypnosis is an excellent tool to do that, as well as to provide helpful suggestions and ideas that could be used to further improve quality of life.

As a nation, we certainly need healing, not only from this terrible episode, but from all the other similar episodes throughout our troubled history. Things that have happened to us collectively and individually are most certainly impacting us in negative ways. Perhaps there is a need for group hypnosis to help heal the past.

The tragedy of Valentine’ss Day shocks on two levels. On the one hand is the fallen icon and the beauty lost. On the other hand it is an individual highlight of a national problem, albeit from an unexpected source.

South Africa is plagued by similar incidents, other even more horrific incidents that fail to make the news, because they have become such a daily nightmare. When do we wake up from the nightmare and decide we are desperate enough to try the last resort after we have exhausted all the other options?

When do we decide that true healing and forgiveness should start, both on a personal and a national level? Do we wait until it is too late, or do we do what is necessary to rid ourselves of old patterns that no longer serve us even before they turn into bigger problems and even tragedies? The answer seems obvious, once we acknowledge that we indeed have a tool that can bring great benefit to a nation of individuals.

Finding the inner answers are perhaps all we need to prevent ourselves from going over the edge when old, automatic patterns of negative thought and behaviour kick in. By letting go of the past on a deep, subconscious level, may be just the healing that is required of us all, so that we can live in the moment, at peace with the world and ourselves. And if there is even the remotest possibility that the process of hypnosis could be the instrument through which a tragedy is averted, then we should find ways to ensure that this benefit is made available to everybody.

Can hypnotists do the impossible and prevent every crime? Of course not. But if we dealt with our demons and dark sides in a timely fashion, we could get on with this thing called living and make the best of what we have to offer.

Perhaps hypnotists need to “come out of the closet” and help larger groups of people and more individuals, while at the same time the public need to start to understand what a helpful tool hypnosis can be and to start using it more regularly, not only when in dire need.

That we are reeling from this tragedy is not in doubt. That we are questioning ourselves because of it is inevitable. That we need solutions to the broader problem that include individual attention and group work is a desperate need.

Let each of us as hypnotists do what we are called for: To facilitate positive change. Let us hypnotists find ways to help as many people as we possibly can, in large numbers if needs be. Let the public know of the benefits and make it accessible to all. Go out of your way to include nation healing as part of your calling.

And let each of us as people of this country realise that it all starts with me. I need to sort myself out. I need to ensure all is well with me. And then to share that with everyone around me.

And hypnosis could be a key to that bright new future. Just imagine it now.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Keeping the best for last?

In every person's life here comes a time to change, a time to make improvements, to get rid of the old bad habits, or to solve old issues.

Procrastination, stress, anxieties and tension, smoking, overweight, struggling with memory and concentration, there are so many problems humans face on a daily basis. Sometimes people choose to just keep on living with all these problems, and most often an accumulation of problems could lead to an early grave.

And sometimes people realise that they can no longer continue on the old path and they have to make changes. It's all great and well to make changes, but where do you start?

Most people start by going to a doctor. "Please help me doc, I have too much stress in my life." And so the doctor does what he is trained for, he prescribes medicine. Perhaps it works, perhaps it doesn't.

Next stop is the psychologist. "Please doc, help, I have too much stress and do not know how to cope with it. The GP gave me some meds but it doesn't seem to work." And so the psychologist, a highly trained professional, may embark on a long therapy plan, supplemented by stronger medication. Perhaps it works, perhaps it doesn't.

Next stop? Getting desperate for relief, several other options are explored. Perhaps alternative remedies are explored. Herbalism, Reiki, the options are seemingly endless. Perhaps they work, perhaps they don't.

Totally desperate for relief, the choice is made to do the very last thing that can be thought of: Hypnosis. "Please help me, I have tried everything else and nothing has worked, you are my last hope!"

The question arises: Why is Hypnosis always the last resort? Why is it not higher up on the list of choices? Why is it not a first option? Why always last?

Perhaps it has something to do with the popular misconceptions about hypnosis. "I don't want anybody scratching around in my mind" or even "I do not want to be controlled by somebody else."

Popular culture has unfortunately done a great disservice to this most valuable of therapies by portraying it in a negative light or making it seem as if it is only suitable for entertainment.

And yet Hypnosis, used for the right reasons and in capable hands, can be an extremely powerful tool for change. There is a growing body of research that proves that Hypnosis can be extremely effective for a vast range of issues and problems. It usually brings relief in a relatively short space of time, it does not involve any chemicals or drugs, and it is relatively cost effective compared to other therapies.

So the question arises: How to ensure that Hypnosis ranks higher on the list of options available to people looking for answers, relief and self-improvement?

Perhaps a new culture needs to be bred where Hypnosis becomes the first port of call. Perhaps you need to see a Hypnotist of Hypnotherapist at least twice a year, just like you would your dentist. Perhaps there needs to be some sort of fund to which you contribute, just like a medical aid fund, to cover the costs of your Hypnosis?

Whatever needs to be done, it is absolutely certain that Hypnosis needs to become much more prominent and a viable option to consider when looking for positive change. It needs to become more prominent, it needs to take its rightful place among the options available.

The good news is that, especially in South Africa, there are a growing number of people who use non-medical hypnosis and the number of Hypnosis Practitioners are steadily increasing.

So when next considering your options, why not rank Hypnosis a little higher on your list? Why keep the best for last?

Monday, 28 January 2013

Exiting E-Shop!! Open for Business Now!!

E-Shop Open for Business Now!

Simply click on the link and drag your shopping into the shopping cart available. There are two Hypnosis Recordings: 'Stressbuster' and 'Study Concentration' (MP3) and a phenomenal book by C. Roy Hunter, 'Mastering the Power of Self-Hypnosis'. This is a very user-friendly book and extremely empowering.

We aim to have a fully stocked eshop  to assist you in your quest for change and improvement. All our Recordings will shortly be translated into Afrikaans as well.

Have fun and browse away!!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

MASTERING THE POWER OF SELF HYPNOSIS A Practical Workshop to Self-Empowerment

Hypnosis Works! is proud to announce a series of workshops that teaches how to use the Power of Thoughts to set and achieve goals.

We all have within us the ability to create whatever we wish. Most of us use this incredible power to create negative things, like poverty, bad luck, sadness, depression and anxiety. We mostly do it without even being aware of it.

What if you were to discover how to use the Power of your Mind to create positive, wonderful things in your life? How would you use that to create prosperity, wealth and abundance in every aspect of your life? Just imagine improving your studies to get better results, or for your work, increasing your earnings beyond your wildest dreams.

Most people travel through life without a roadmap, not sure of the destination and even more unsure of how to get there. What would the difference be if you knew exactly what you wanted, what was the most important, and were shown a simple yet effective method to get what you want?

By Mastering the Power of Self-Hypnosis, you will get the tools you need to drastically improve your life. This practical workshop for self-empowerment­ is based on Roy Hunter’s excellent book and will give you practical methods that you can incorporate in your daily life. The workshop has been authorised by Roy Hunter and is presented with his permission.

You can have a wonderful life, filled with wonderful things. Join our workshop or allow us to come present it at your venue. In just a few hours it will unlock your unlimited potential and set you on the road to success.

Get in contact with us right away. Take action today.
Call Hendrik on 083-379-2489 or Annemarie on 082-299-2860
to book your date with destiny.


The workshop is presented as part of Life Orientation for Grade 11 and 12 learners. This is a life skill that will benefit learners to improve their studies, as well as being a life skill tool to be used far into the future. Learners will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Call us for more information and bookings.

Churches, charities and community based organisations are welcome to present the workshop at their own venue and may invite members of the public to attend as a way to raise funds, as well as of course empowering its members.
Call us for more information and bookings.

Business can benefit tremendously from this workshop, as it will help both management and staff to formulate clear work goals and achieve it. Imagine a more dedicated workforce, working more productively and increasing profits.
Call us for more information and bookings.

Private workshops for smaller groups are facilitated at the Hypnosis Works! offices in Pretoria on a regular basis.
Call us for more information and bookings.

Workshops can be facilitated in either English or Afrikaans. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.

To book your workshop, please

call Hendrik on 083-379-2489 or Annemarie on 082-299-2860


Workshop Duration:
Registration              08h30 – 09h00
Session 1                  09h00 – 10h45
Session 2                  11h00 – 13h00
Session 3                  13h45 – 15h30

Workshop Contents:
                        Session 1                  Introductions
                                                            Overview and Outcomes
                                                            Guided Visualisation
Hypnosis in History

                        Session 2                  What is Hypnosis and How Does it Work?
                                                            Learn Self-Hypnosis Techniques
                                                            Goal Setting

                        Session 3                  Goal Prioritisation
                                                            Developing Affirmations
                                                            Using Self-Hypnosis to Attain Goals
                                                            Putting it All Together for Success

Workshop Outcomes:

                        At the end of the workshop, participants will:
1.    Understand the History of Hypnosis;
2.    Understand the basic concepts underlying Hypnosis;
3.    Be able to enter Self-Hypnosis using one of three different techniques;
4.    Be able to formulate and prioritise goals, as well as be able to distinguish between different types of goals;
5.    Be able to formulate effective Affirmations;
6.    Be able to practically use Self-Hypnosis and Affirmations to obtain goals.

To book your workshop, please

call Hendrik on 083-379-2489 or Annemarie on 082-299-2860



Minimum number of participants: 20
Cost per participant: R 350
Optional Roy Hunter book: R 500 ea
Includes a workshop workbook
School to provide venue/Self-catering

Minimum number of participants: 20
Cost per participant: R 800
Optional Roy Hunter book: R 500 ea
Includes a workshop workbook
Organisation to provide venue & catering

Minimum number of participants: 20
Cost per participant: R 2500
Includes Roy Hunter book
Includes a workshop workbook
Corporate to provide venue & catering

Maximum number of participants: 10
Cost per participant: R 1500
Includes Roy Hunter book
Includes a workshop workbook
Hosted at Hypnosis Works! venue in Pretoria
Includes light vegetarian lunch

Rest of South Africa
Add transport and accommodation costs for 2 presenters. Please speak to us for further details and arrangements in this regard.

Rest of the World
Please contact for a quote.
To book your workshop, please

call Hendrik on 083-379-2489 or Annemarie on 082-299-2860