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Putting Beauty Hypnotism to the Test

Can hypnosis keep you from biting your nails? Georgina Powell thinks so. The Florida-based clinical hynotherapist works with people to cure common problems including beauty mishaps. (If you're not in the Sunshine State, you can check her out online.)

When I spoke to her the other day, she explained that most women have self-defeating thoughts, and no matter how beautiful they may be, they need to feel good on the inside to look good on the outside. By imagining scenes, you can relax the body and conscious mind into a hypnotic trance; from there, you can implant positive messages for positive change.

To find out what happened when I tried one of her downloads,

She also assuaged my fears about side effects (there are none), and told me that hypnosis can not make you do something you don't want to do. For example, you can't be made to rob a bank or bark like a dog. In fact, you can't be hypnotized if you don't want to be.

The most common beauty problem she deals with is nail biting. Since I'm a nibbler, I decided to put her "download" to the test. I listened to the file once and found her voice soothing, but I put so much pressure on myself to become entranced that I never let my body and mind fully relax. I'll have to try it again, because as I laid in bed imagining myself having long beautiful nails on a sunny beach, all I wanted to do was take notes.

Her CDs cost $19.95 and her downloads are $12.95. If you think that hypnosis might be for you, I say give it a go — it's around the same price as an eye shadow, and if you don't feel satisfied, there's a 90-day money-back guarantee. Sessions are about 30 minutes and are recommended for use in the evenings for 28 days. Do you believe that hypnosis is a plausible beauty treatment? Or are you a skeptic?

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sweetest sweetest 9 years
I'd try it to quit smoking. It is worth a shot. It cost less then 2 packs of cigarettes and it has to be way better for my health.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
As a last resort it might be worth a shot if you actually have hope it might work. If you're convinced it's not going to work it probably won't.
gigill gigill 9 years
I'm a skeptic, but good on her for finding a niche product in the world of hypnotism!
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
It could feasibly work but only if it's similar enough to therapy. A friend of mine went to a hypnotist (after she'd tried everything) to quit smoking and the experience she described sounded a lot like a combination of aversion therapy, affirmation and a good ol' fashioned guilt trip. With nail biting, for example, I would imagine that a therapist would attribute the behavior to anxiety and recommend relaxation techniques (much like the ones recommended by Ms. Powell) to channel the nervous energy elsewhere or relieve it. Hypnotism doesn't sound as far fetched (at least to me) a method once you break it down to the basic components.
beautylaw beautylaw 9 years
I'm thinking if I could spend half an hour every day for a month just meditating, doing yoga, taking a bath, pampering my nails or exercising, my beauty problems would be solved!
linday_love linday_love 9 years
i used to bite me nails the only reason i stopped was because i paid my salon lady 50 dollars let's say extra money to do a manicure and i stopped because i keep thinking of the money i just wasted
emalove emalove 9 years
I know some people have used hypnotism to successfully quit smoking, but I think you have to be very open-minded to the experience. My sister tried it and it was completely useless to her. I think it was partly because she wasn't expecting it to work and wasn't fully committed to it. I think if you're very open-minded about hypnotism and really think it could work for you, there's a good chance that it might. I guess it's worth a shot.
juliarose23 juliarose23 9 years
haha wow we all wish...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
Oh, and I don't buy into being able to control a hypnotism session. People who've been hypnotized don't remember, while hypnotized, how they were told to speak in alien or become a chicken or forget who they are! (It's entertaining to watch.) Same with people who are put through recall sessions to dig through their past. Ummm. Side effects? Ever heard of sleepers/sleeper cells? The people are triggered or activated if you will to carry out what they've been programmed to do. Mind control is real. Spy v Spy, CIA, military, foreign gov'ts...Anyway, I know this isn't THAT deep, but I wouldn't mess with your brain for little things; you can control/persuade yourself in other ways.
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
Hypnosis doesn't work on everyone, and I'd think it would be harder to be hypnotized via a download, video or CD. Part of it is the experience in environment. It's said that if you've been hypnotized before, it's easier the next time. I've never allowed myself to be in that situation--I'd prefer to be in control of my own mind! You have to be willing, but it still may not work. My brother used to try hypnotizing me numerous times, and often I ended up laughing at him. Granted, we were kids...
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
Hmmmm...I think I'd just use nail polish or bitter apple polish, lotion, or distract myself in other ways. Maybe think about all the gross germy creatures that live under your nails next time you want to nibble! : P (Childcare will do it too!)
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
i want it to work!! lol i need to stop nibblin' too
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
:OY: yeah sure maybe :P
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