Sometimes the best cure for what ails us is to close our eyes, breath deeply, relax, concentrate on these words, take another deep breath, exhale, and relax.
Feel your body sinking? I’m sure you don’t. I’m certain as the author of this article I’ve failed to access your subconscious, but that’s what 15-year veteran hypnotists Jay Hess specializes in. That’s why he’s opened Hess Hypnosis inside the Wild Rice Building downtown at N88W16761 Appleton Ave.
Hess says hypnosis can be an effective therapeutic solution for smokers, nail biters, the anxious, the forgetful, and myriad other habits and fears. Hypnosis sessions focus on achieving deep relaxation to access the subconscious, and Hess plants suggestions while your mind is open and receptive to those suggestions.
Hess is a certified advanced hypnotist and was inspired to pursue this unique career path after witnessing his mother’s dramatic results when he was younger.
“I was very intrigued because my mother used to smoke two packs a day, but completely quit after hypnosis sessions,” Hess said.
Hess actually quit smoking himself through hypnosis. He also operates a location in New Berlin, but opened in Falls to offer a convenient location for customers in the northern Milwaukee area.
A typical session lasts just a bit more than one hour and includes a consultation portion, program planning, and hypnosis. Typically, two to four sessions are needed to reach a goal or overcome a particular ailment, fear or habit. Sessions also include a recorded audio CD to use for reinforcement as well. The sessions are split roughly a week apart from each other.
“Some people think it’s a one-stop cure all deal, but it doesn’t work that way,” Hess said.
Sessions cost $120 per individual session, $180 for two, and $270 for three. Some health insurance plans do cover hypnosis sessions — especially for smoke cessation.
Here are some general habits and behaviors Hess can help you with:
- Quitting Smoking
- Weight Loss
- Bad Habits
- Study Skills/Exams
We’ve all seen cartoons of a hypnotist using a pocket watch to lull someone into a trance and basically take control of their mind. That’s one of many misconceptions people have about hypnosis. Hess cannot control your mind. You do not lose consciousness, and you won’t become stuck in a “trance.”
In fact, according to Hess we’ve all likely experienced hypnosis at one time or the other. While driving on the highway we can lose track of time, which is referred to as “highway hypnosis.”
Hess also books corporate, fundraiser, and business events for a little fun with hypnosis. His show is a comedic production, and participants may end up thinking they’re an alien, jump like a kangaroo, or cluck like a chicken — all at Hess’s suggestion, of course.