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JoBlo.com goes into a Trance for its Blu-Ray release! (or how JimmyO got hypnotized and wrote about it)

Jul. 24, 2013by:

Just over a week ago I found myself involved with a very unique opportunity. With Danny Boyle’s TRANCE finding its way to Blu-Ray and DVD this week, JoBlo.com was offered the chance to see a real live hypnotherapist in action. Strange certainly, but it was incredibly intriguing as well. And darn it if we were much too curious to pass this up. So right before the highly stressful preparation of Comic Con was put into work – my appointment was only a few days before my trip to San Diego – I was ready to experience the wonderful world of TRANCE… only for reals yo!

When I arrived at HMI ( Hypnosis Motivation Institute) I felt a little bit more stressed than I had expected. Never in my life had I done any kind of hypnosis, at least not in my mind’s eye. However hypnotherapist Michele Guzy explained to me, “You are in hypnosis all the time. Hypnosis is just a communication state. You are driving down a freeway, you miss your exit, and you’re in hypnosis. You go to the movies - you know TRANCE or AVATAR - and you get caught up in the movie, you laugh, you cry, you scream, you’re in hypnosis.” How many times have you drifted off while listening to the car radio? Well, damn, I’ve been in hypnosis much more than I thought.

When it comes to movies and the portrayal of hypnosis, she explained, “You cannot just sit somebody in a chair and then say, ‘okay, you’re there.’ What they can’t show in the movies or on TV are hypnotic inductions. There is no induction involved.” Now nobody said anything about an induction! What is a hypnotic induction then? She went on to say, “A hypnotic induction is a way for me to access your subconscious mind. Hypnosis is an overload of stimulus. It is not a relaxed state. That is the end result. Hypnosis is actually a state of exhaustion if I do it with you. So all the hypnosis is is a heightened state of suggestibility that allows me to work with the subconscious mind to help people make changes in their life, positive changes. Hypnotherapy and hypnosis is used to desensitize associations. So for me to put you in, I actually need to trigger a little stress and anxiety.”

According to the movie, and Guzy herself there is a small group of 5% of the population who are just naturally suggestible and can go into hypnosis. This type of person is called a somnambulist – which also refers to being a sleepwalker which I used to do as a kid. They are suggestible people but they would still need an induction. Whether or not I am a somnambulist I had no idea, but I was about to find out. Soon, she had me on a very comfortable chair holding my arms out and bringing them in slowly but steadily with my eyes closed and a sort of open mind.

I’m going to be honest here, I was pretty skeptical about the experience early on. Hell, even during the session I couldn’t help but feel that this is simply a bored rich housewife thing to do with no real merit. My hope was to be respectful of Michele Guzy and see what happens and be on my way. Sure it was relaxing, but so is getting a shave from my barber Gareth over at Floyd’s in Burbank. Greatest feeling in the world man… The dude is talented! And he is a whole lot cheaper than a hypnotherapy session.

I’m not sure what I expected but it seemed as though the experience should have been more obvious. You know, like a big revelation or me sobbing on the floor. That of course didn’t happen until Con. Yet one thing became shockingly clear as I was leaving my session and going towards my car. I began to feel utterly and completely relaxed. Much like Ron Livingston’s character in OFFICE SPACE after he himself received hypnotherapy. Nothing was bothering me. Not the stress of bills or the fact that Comic Con was only a few days away. NOTHING! One of my biggest pet peeves of having other driver’s ride my ass on the road seemed to nearly disappear. Over the next few days, my mind was peaceful and any sort of anxiety was gone. It was a perfect state of being and just in time for JoBlo’s annual Comic Con adventures.

While the feeling has softened a little bit and I’m not quite as relaxed as I was a week ago, I’m very much convinced that she was able to reach into my subconscious and put me in a peaceful state of well-being. We actually recorded my session and you can make a bet that I will try it again on my own to see if it brings that same desired effect. Either way, my skepticism went out the window and in came my understanding of what hypnotherapy can really accomplish. While the process is quite different from what we see in Hollywood, it certainly seems possible that James McAvoy would be able to “remember” exactly what he did in TRANCE. After all, my mood got even mellower than normal which is a shockingly impressive feat.

If you would like more information on the very talented Michele Guzy you can visit her website here. And if you are in the mood for a great old-school Danny Boyle flick, you could purchase Danny Boyle's latest here. Now look deep into my eyes...

TRANCE was released on Blu-Ray/DVD yesterday (July 23rd) and can be purchased RIGHT HERE.
Source: JoBlo.com

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1:55PM on 07/24/2013

Very interesting to read about this experience!

I thought the percentage was a little higher for people that are easily put under hypnosis, but that doesn't matter. What matters is this is a very interesting piece on a field of alternative therapy that I have also been skeptical about but am thinking of trying. It sounds like it might be worth my time, only problem being that I think I would be one to not be able to slip into a subconscious state :(

Only way to find out is to try it for myself, though! And this article makes me ponder
I thought the percentage was a little higher for people that are easily put under hypnosis, but that doesn't matter. What matters is this is a very interesting piece on a field of alternative therapy that I have also been skeptical about but am thinking of trying. It sounds like it might be worth my time, only problem being that I think I would be one to not be able to slip into a subconscious state :(

Only way to find out is to try it for myself, though! And this article makes me ponder it quite heavily :)

Glad to hear it worked for you :D

I am a little skeptical that the recording would have the same effect on you, though. Unless you get into an environment that is identical to when the recording was made, I doubt it will work quite as well. It will probably work, but just not as well as if it were in-person. Also, I tend to feel like in-person therapy sessions are much more effective since recordings can't pick up the light emotions in others' voices... if that makes sense.

Sounds like hypnotherapy has a lot to do with connecting to the person's voice, and letting them guide you on a journey into your subconscious, and it's much easier to connect to a voice like that when you can pick up all the nuances and subtle changes in tone, which recordings aren't the best at.
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2:04PM on 07/24/2013
The interesting thing about it though is that I didn't feel as if I was really put under at all... just sort of relaxed. So much so I doubted it worked until I went on with the rest of my day. And thankfully the peacefulness of it lasted for about 5 days or so. I'm definitely glad I did it.
The interesting thing about it though is that I didn't feel as if I was really put under at all... just sort of relaxed. So much so I doubted it worked until I went on with the rest of my day. And thankfully the peacefulness of it lasted for about 5 days or so. I'm definitely glad I did it.
2:17PM on 07/24/2013
That is crazy interesting. Maybe my understanding of hypnosis is wrong?

5 days? Wow... That is a long time!

Thanks for the response, by the way!
That is crazy interesting. Maybe my understanding of hypnosis is wrong?

5 days? Wow... That is a long time!

Thanks for the response, by the way!
2:28PM on 07/24/2013
No problem. I had the same understanding of hypnosis as well, I thought it would be much more... hypnotic! But it is very, very different, yet it certainly worked.
No problem. I had the same understanding of hypnosis as well, I thought it would be much more... hypnotic! But it is very, very different, yet it certainly worked.
6:59AM on 07/24/2013
Danny Boyle's a director who's always innovating, and Trance was a great example of that. I love how it blended the genres of heist film, psychological thriller and romantic drama very seamlessly into one another and wrapped it up in a trippy bow.
Danny Boyle's a director who's always innovating, and Trance was a great example of that. I love how it blended the genres of heist film, psychological thriller and romantic drama very seamlessly into one another and wrapped it up in a trippy bow.
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4:32AM on 07/24/2013
I need to get me one of those happy ending massa... hypnotherapy sessions too.

Can't wait to see Trance, I can't believe how a Danny Boyle film has come and gone with so little buzz.
I need to get me one of those happy ending massa... hypnotherapy sessions too.

Can't wait to see Trance, I can't believe how a Danny Boyle film has come and gone with so little buzz.
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2:32AM on 07/24/2013

Don't Miss This One, Folks!

TRANCE was such an awesome film to watch. Hell, I even shelled out the extra dough to see it in XD which, if you ask me, added another layer of cool to it. It was exciting and intriguing at the same time. TRANCE is one of the first films of 2013 to have some significant substance to it so if you like your films to be packed with a little extra meat and potatoes, then this one is a sure bet. It was unfortunate that not a lot of folks came out and saw it. Hopefully, it builds its audience even
TRANCE was such an awesome film to watch. Hell, I even shelled out the extra dough to see it in XD which, if you ask me, added another layer of cool to it. It was exciting and intriguing at the same time. TRANCE is one of the first films of 2013 to have some significant substance to it so if you like your films to be packed with a little extra meat and potatoes, then this one is a sure bet. It was unfortunate that not a lot of folks came out and saw it. Hopefully, it builds its audience even more on Blu ray. I'm definitely picking up my copy later today.
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2:03AM on 07/24/2013

Trippy movie

Good overall, and certainly worth watching. Hell, it's worth it alone for the Rosario Dawson full frontal scene (an hour into it, if you must know).
Good overall, and certainly worth watching. Hell, it's worth it alone for the Rosario Dawson full frontal scene (an hour into it, if you must know).
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2:25AM on 07/24/2013
I remember seeing that bit in the theater and being fully satisfied with the film and whatever direction it would later take.

Rosario's body? [link]
I remember seeing that bit in the theater and being fully satisfied with the film and whatever direction it would later take.

Rosario's body? [link]
2:36AM on 07/24/2013
Yeah, I was already enjoying the film well before that scene, then after that scene I was like, "ok, now I really like this movie." haha She's got a bangin' bod for sure, and a nice shaved beaver to go with it.
Yeah, I was already enjoying the film well before that scene, then after that scene I was like, "ok, now I really like this movie." haha She's got a bangin' bod for sure, and a nice shaved beaver to go with it.
2:39AM on 07/24/2013
I couldn't agree with you more, good sir. I, too, was enthralled by the film's first half before that scene cropped up.
I couldn't agree with you more, good sir. I, too, was enthralled by the film's first half before that scene cropped up.
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