Are you committed to following through on that “new year, new you” pledge? Well, no matter what the resolution, we can all use a little help achieving our goals. That’s why Park Terrace Hotel is now offering a Hypnotherapy Wellness Package with celebrated certified hypnotherapist Ginger Gibson.

Beyond the traditional spa service, this experience allows you to expand your mind and improve your well-being while enjoying a luxe stay at our New York City hotel. Keep reading to find out why you need to try hypnotherapy this year.


What is hypnotherapy?

“As the name suggests, it’s a combination of talk therapy and hypnosis,” Gibson says. Adding that, “the difference between hypnotherapy and traditional cognitive therapy is that in hypnotherapy my focus is forward thinking” whereas traditional talk therapy typically delves into a patient’s past.

During the sessions, a client shares with Gibson how they want to feel and what objectives they want to achieve. She adds that the conversation is “very uplifting and solution oriented.” As for the actual hypnosis part, Gibson describes it as “a very relaxed state, similar to meditation, but with your eyes closed and with an acute focus on the sound of my voice.” Think somewhere between daydreaming and deep sleep.


Why does it work?

In that state, Gibson says, is “when the subconscious mind is very receptive and in a heightened state of learning”—like a child’s. “Because, before we are eight years old, we are actually in a walking state of hypnosis, which is why people say that children are like sponges; they haven’t yet developed their critical mind, which analyzes everything,” she explains.

The treatment has been proven to help with a wide range of concerns including migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and anxiety, which is Gibson’s specialty. “The possibilities are endless because of the connection between the mind and the body,” she says. “A lot of times things that are not resolved in the mind turn into aches and pains and sickness in the body. So once the issue is addressed mentally, it actually clears up a lot of physiological symptoms in the body.”


What happens during a session?

During the first part of a hypnotherapy session, Gibson will ask a client about the steps they think they need to take to eliminate a habit or incorporate a new behavior, and how it will make them feel when they see themselves achieving their goals such as sleeping better. Then, once the client goes into hypnosis, Gibson reiterates the client’s own words back to them. “When people recognize their own words, it allows them to feel even more relaxed. It’s nothing that they haven’t thought of before, so they feel much more assured that they are safe.”

Even though some people may view it as a loss of control, Gibson says that it’s in fact “a powerful means of teaching people how to control their mind and their body.” Adding that, clients can enter a state of hypnosis or come out of it at any time.

“I think that it’s been made to seem very scary or very fake or phony to the majority of the population,” but she says that many high-profile celebs and industry titans including Princess Diana, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud have used hypnotherapy. Gibson says that basically everyone can benefit from the treatment, adding that she works with people as young as four years old all the way up to senior citizens.


What kind of results can you expect?

Of course, Gibson stresses the need for people to visit a trained professional as opposed to listening to a recording you found on YouTube in order to experience the best results. “Because you never know who that person is,” she warns about online videos. “And there is such a thing as embedded suggestions. If something is embedded, sometimes you don’t necessarily hear it, but it’s still going down in the subconscious mind.”

Gibson says that her clients usually see results “very quickly.” She points to a study conducted in 1970 that found that while psychoanalysis patients typically had a 38% improvement rate after about 600 sessions, those receiving hypnotherapy had a 93% improvement rate after an average of only six sessions.

Clients “feel better about themselves, and they see their lives changing exponentially from just one session,” she says. And they tend to come back—for help with another concern. “They’ll come in for one thing and then soon thereafter they’ll want to book for something else,” she explains.


Ready to kick a bad habit or improve your routine? Book Park Terrace Hotel’s Hypnotherapy Wellness Package and choose from a 90-minute in-room or virtual hypnotherapy session with Gibson. The package also includes an overnight stay, as well as 24/7 access to our state-of-the-art fitness center and sauna.


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