Inside Hypnotizr Blog

Testimonial: “I have lost 22 pounds and two sizes of clothes”

Carol Jackson was an early customer of ours. Earlier this week, she sent the following unsolicited testimonial and gave us permission to publish it. We're very happy to hear about stories like hers—they inspire us to continue creating sessions for customers like her.

Disrupting Hypnotherapy: My Vision for Hypnotizr

What do Wikipedia, Netflix and Travelocity have in common?

They aren't just websites. They're disruptive innovations. Wikipedia defines disruptive innovation as "An innovation that creates a new market by applying a different set of values, which ultimately (and unexpectedly) overtakes an existing market."

Examples of disruptive innovation exist all over the Internet. Take Wikipedia, for example. It has replaced traditional encyclopedias so completely that Encyclopedia Brittanica, an institution that has existed for almost 250 years, published its last print edition in 2010. Similarly, Netflix is killing the video rental industry by making it possible to watch your favourite movies without leaving your home, at a flat monthly rate. And Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia and other online travel sites have decimated the travel agent industry by making it easy to book flights and hotels online...

The “Dirty Secret” of Hypnotherapy

A couple of weeks ago, I went for a coffee with my lawyer. I had asked her to do some legal research into the feasibility of Hypnotizr, and she came back to me with surprise at how unregulated the hypnotherapy profession is in the U.S. and Canada. When I tell my clients the requirements for becoming a hypnotherapist, many of them are similarly surprised.

That's what this blog post is about. I want to reveal some harsh truths about the hypnotherapy profession that are not widely known. The “dirty secret” of hypnotherapy is that, in most states and provinces, anybody can hang out a shingle and start practicing as a hypnotherapist with minimal qualifications or experience...

Hypnotizr Gains a Female Voice

Faye Elatrash, Hypnotherapist

I'm proud to announce that all three of Hypnotizr's programs—Sustainable Weight Loss, Build Inner Strength and The Ex-Smoker’s Secret—are now available in a female voice, provided by Faye Elatrash of The Life Enhancement Centre. The scripting for both the male and female voices is the same; only the delivery is different.

Faye was one of my hypnotherapy students back in 2007. She is certified as a hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) and the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH) Canada, and has additional training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching. In 2008, she founded The Life Enhancement Centre, where she specializes in anxiety and depression for women...

Introducing the Man Behind Hypnotizr

Luke Chao, founder

I'm Luke Chao, creator of Hypnotizr and this blog.

I've been practicing hypnosis since I was 15 years old—half a lifetime ago. Actually, that's a half-truth. In those early days, the only person I hypnotized was myself. I did hypnosis by recording sessions into a microphone hooked up to my computer and then playing them back to myself through headphones. I don't think I actually summoned up the courage to hypnotize another human being (or found a willing participant) until I reached university, a couple of years later.

I remember the days when I first learned hypnosis. I had a scientific upbringing (my father's a doctor, my mother a scientist) and I had been reading a lot of Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins and James Randi at the time. I had my skepticism meter tuned to "overdrive," and my first reaction to hypnosis was that it couldn't possibly work...