Hypnotism seminar kicks off ‘Live Your Best Life’ series at Hoyt Library in Kingston

By Mary Therese Biebel - [email protected] | February 13th, 2016 3:32 pm

KINGSTON — When Chris Halbohm opened a bottle of lemon juice and took a sip, people watching him felt their own mouths pucker in sympathy.

When he said “plop, plop, fizz, fizz,” the half dozen women in his audience responded “oh, what a relief it is,” automatically finishing a decades-old antacid jingle once heard frequently over the airwaves.

As Halbohm explained later, the lemon juice scenario demonstrated the power of imagination, and the way his audience chimed in to complete the advertising jingle showed the power of repetition.

Imagination, repetition and relaxation are tools an individual can use to achieve a goal, Halbohm said.

In the case of his audience at the Hoyt Library on a recent Monday evening, their goal was weight loss — and the health benefits to which that might lead.

“I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” said librarian Carol Dalmas of Nanticoke, who believes reducing her weight would lower those numbers and perhaps eliminate the need for medication.

“I’d like to lose another 20 pounds,” said a woman who identified herself as Cristy from Kingston.

Halbohm, whose “Hypnosis for Weight Loss” presentation was the first in a series of “Live Your Best Life” health-related talks set for Monday evenings at the Hoyt Library in Kingston, reminded his listeners about the way children typically respond to the bell of an ice-cream truck by getting excited and following it.

“Would it be OK if your new habits would be automatic, easy and fun?” he asked. Knowing the answer would be yes, he suggested people can train themselves to see exercise and healthful food choices that way.

Some people who attended his talk already use some mind-over-matter techniques.

Among them, library director Melissa Werner said she has a bathing suit “in my line of vision” to remind herself she wants to fit into it in the summer. That helps her be content with half an anise cookie, she said.

Cristy, the Kingston resident, who has already lost more than 40 pounds, said she corresponds online with friends who keep her accountable and Dalmas said she has found that prayer helps her cope with stress.

Different techniques help different people and hypnosis isn’t right for everyone, Halbohm said, adding that before the Keystone Hypnosis Center, where he works, takes on a client that individual is screened to determine if he or she is a good candidate.

For some people, he said, hypnotic techniques can help you coordinate what you aim to do, such as perhaps eating more healthful vegetables; and what you actually do, such as maybe reaching for a rich dessert.

“It’s not like you don’t know that celery is better for you than chocolate cake,” he said.

Future topics at the library, set for 6 p.m. on Monday nights, include:

Feb. 15: Mingling with Style, how to make a positive impression in social and business situations.

Feb. 22: Social Security Seminar

Feb. 29: Fill My Cup: Self Care for Givers

March 7: Juicing: Jumpstart a commitment to a healthy lifestyle

March 14: Career Decision Making

March 21: The basics of essential oils

March 28: First time home buyer seminar

April 4: Five Wishes: Living wills – your needs and medical wishes

April 11: Health benefits of Yoga

April 18: Health care needs and preventions presented by Walgreens

April 25: Saving for future education costs

To register for individual sessions or the entire series, call the library at 570-287-2013.

Melissa Werner of Laflin, Carol Dalmas of Nanticoke and Debbie Augustine of Kingston participate in a relaxation exercise during Chris Halbohm’s presentation at the Hoyt Library in Kingston.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ttl021416hypnosis1.jpgMelissa Werner of Laflin, Carol Dalmas of Nanticoke and Debbie Augustine of Kingston participate in a relaxation exercise during Chris Halbohm’s presentation at the Hoyt Library in Kingston. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Hypnotist, Chris Halbohm, leads his audience through an exercise at the Hoyt Library in Kingston.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ttl021416hypnosis2.jpgHypnotist, Chris Halbohm, leads his audience through an exercise at the Hoyt Library in Kingston. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Chris Halbohm of Keystone Hypnosis shows his audience advertisements that include testimony from local people about weight loss.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ttl021416hypnosis3.jpgChris Halbohm of Keystone Hypnosis shows his audience advertisements that include testimony from local people about weight loss. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Chris Halbohm leads the group through an exercise that made them laugh, as they playfully adopted a ‘woe-is-me’ coping stance that he explained is not really productive.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ttl021416hypnosis4.jpgChris Halbohm leads the group through an exercise that made them laugh, as they playfully adopted a ‘woe-is-me’ coping stance that he explained is not really productive. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Chris Halbohm takes a moment with his group to reflect on habits they are looking to break.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ttl021416hypnosis9.jpgChris Halbohm takes a moment with his group to reflect on habits they are looking to break. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

By Mary Therese Biebel

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