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Rosa Marrazzo has been featured in a number of newspaper articles and interviews regarding her methods and techniques, as well as successes she has enjoyed over the years. Read on to learn how we help people to achieve their “Positive Power Plus” goals and other endless possibilities.
St. Albert Gazette, Wednesday July 18, 2012
Health & Wellness
Hypnotherapy Opens Mind to Subconscious
By Megan Sarrazin
Tapping into the subconscious mind through hypnotherapy is gaining in popularity as a way to curb smoking and weight gain.
Rosa Marrazzo, certified clinical hypnotherapist at St. Albert’s Positive Power Plus, said a majority of her clients are looking to either put an end to their smoking or start shedding pounds.
“It’s a tool that empowers you to use the best part of your brain,” she said. “You’re using the best part of your mind to take control of your patterns, your habits and change your routines,”
“Hypnotherapy differs from stage hypnosis in that participants are in full control of their actions throughout the interactive session,” Marrazzo said.
She said sessions begin with progressive relaxation which opens the doors to the subconscious.
“The subconscious is your programming from the time you were born, so everything you do automatically, any habit you have, is stored in the subconscious; it’s like the hard drive of a computer,” she said.
“Once the individual is in a state of deep relaxation, habits can be altered to deter them from lighting up or reaching for fatty foods,” Marrazzo said.
Hypnotherapy is a treatment suitable for individuals over the age of five. Marrazzo indicates that 85% of individuals looking to kick nicotine are successful after a single treatment, while those hoping to lose weight do between 1 to 3 sessions.
“It’s not just about you going out and being thin. It’s about what can you do to be thin and thinner and then make those decisions at a subconscious level,” she said.
“Hypnotherapy can also be used to increase self-esteem, to overcome setbacks, prevent nightmares and end bed-wetting in children,” Marrazzo said.
Rosa has been practicing hypnotherapy since 1993 in the greater Edmonton area and has been operating out of St. Albert for the last decade. She claims to have helped thousands of people to quit smoking, lose weight and build self-esteem.
“When I get an email, say a few years later from a client and they say they’re still a non-smoker....that’s really rewarding for me,” Rosa states.
Edmonton Journal, Saturday, July 30, 2005
Courtesy of Meagan Kelly (Journalist/Author)
Mind only matters: Sit back, close your eyes, relax and forget the cheesy stuff about swinging watches and mantras – hypnotism is much more than that. The last time I did this, I ended up onstage clucking like a chicken. But this time, as Rosa Marrazzo, an Edmonton hypnotherapist, works her magic on me, it's much more relaxing -- and less embarrassing. "Imagine now a beautiful light shining from your heart. Some people can see it, some people can feel it, some people simply know it's there," she said. I'm told to imagine this "light" traveling to every part of my body, turning me into a warm and fuzzy blob of Jell-O. My mouth lolls open, but I'm so relaxed that I couldn't care less. We've all heard of or witnessed stage hypnosis, where unassuming goofballs dance like MC Hammer and imitate superheroes. But there's much more to the art of suggestion. Hypnotherapy, like stage hypnosis, claims to push aside the conscious mind and tap into the subconscious mind to get results. While the stage uses hypnosis for laughs, hypnotherapy uses it for help. "The power of the mind is incredible," says Marrazzo, who has been mesmerizing for nearly 15 years.
“Among other things, hypnotherapy can be used to help with self-confidence, depression, anxiety, and even smoking addictions or weight problems,” she says. There are no pocket watches, and contrary to popular belief you will walk out of the office knowing what went on. First, the hypnotherapist helps you get into a trance-like state, like when you are zoning out your nagging parents. When you are this relaxed, your conscious mind gets out of the way and your subconscious mind -- the part of your brain more in tune with your emotions, more open to suggestion -- takes over. Don't think that the process makes you a sitting duck for the hypnotherapist to mess with your mind. You are actually more aware, says Marrazzo, just in a different sense. "All forms of hypnosis are self-hypnosis," says Marrazzo, explaining she is merely there to help you reach a state of total relaxation where the problem can be addressed. If you are a nail-biter, she will help you to relax and then ask your subconscious mind why you bite your nails, and help you to tell your subconscious that the nail-biting ends now. It sounds a little Freudian and creepy to talk to your subconscious mind, but it's actually kind of neat.
During our mini-session, Marrazzo has me visualize a box while I'm under the hypnotic trance. I have to open the box and find something. In my box is a daisy, and Marrazzo says this is my subconscious telling me something. Perhaps something to do with beauty, she says. Judging by the daisy I can see, I seem to be pretty self-assured (I hope so at least), but Marrazzo says the biggest issue her clients face is lack of self-confidence. "Most of us focus on the negative, rather than the positive. For some reason we're hardest on ourselves ... I coach them back into that positive connection."
Kari Weisgerberg, a patient of Marrazzo, says not enough people are aware of how good someone can feel using hypnotherapy. "It's one of those untapped resources," she says. Weisgerberg, 33, mother of 2 young children, went to Marrazzo to help balance the chaos of a busy life and to shed some pounds. After 3 sessions, she says, her mindset changed and she felt herself becoming more organized. She also lost 15 pounds. Not bad, eh?
For those of you afraid hypnotherapy will make your friends ask the hypnotherapist where they put you, Weisgerberg says not to worry. "It's a very subtle difference and I think that's part of the success. You don't feel like a different person," she says.
Although Marrazzo says hypnotherapy is not a replacement for the good old doctor, she says it is a good alternative when you're about to rip your hair out after trying everything.
Stage hypnotist Terrance B., who has seen his share of fools over 15 years of hypnotizing across Canada, says he gets many questions about the other side of hypnosis after his shows. However, he says most people who point and laugh at the goofballs under his spell are unaware of the power of the mind and hypnotherapy. "I think they need to know more about how it can help change their lives," he says.
Rose Marrazzo can be contacted at 780-460-8881.
Saint City News, January 30, 2009
Courtesy of author/journalist Phillip Woolgar
Sit back, relax, take a deep breath and imagine a bright light soothing every muscle in your body.
Hypnotherapy is a mechanism used to address hindrances in a person’s life.
By delving into the subconscious and targeting reasons for undesired traits, hypnotherapists have cured people’s addiction to nicotine, methamphetamine and food, improved self-esteem and concentration, and helped them to manage stress, phobias and fears.
Rosa Marrazzo, has been a hypnotherapist for 15 years while operating her business, Positive Power Plus, in St. Albert. She attended the Hypnotism Training Institute of Alberta. “I do interactive hypnotherapy, accessing the subconscious mind, to tweak or change unsupportive habits,” Marrazzo said, while placing a CD of soothing music into her sound system. “You go back to the time when you made the decision to smoke [for example], and then it is up to the individual to say you’re not a smoker anymore.”
The client then identifies why they started. “Usually people say that it’s because they wanted to fit in or they thought it would be cool,” she said. “You get to that point and then you repeat, ‘you’re not a smoker, you don’t like smoking, it’s disgusting.’”
As the client sits back in Marrazzo’s big beige recliner, they recall their first cigarette. They can snap out of the relaxed state at any time, but with a glowing ball of transient light throughout, they decide to keep going. “I ask them what they were like and if they would fit in without smoking,” she said. “We’re changing the decision at the time that they made it.”
Marrazzo said she became a hypnotherapist after she took a self-hypnotist course, which led to a huge life improvement. I found a tool to help myself be more positive and help me attain my goals,” she said. “I got into this to help other people.” The practice isn’t a proven science, but is widely used by psychologists and certified clinical hypnotherapists to heal and change unsupportive habits. “When I see what it does for my clients, it’s proof. Sometimes people quit smoking after just 1 session, but it usually takes three.”
Marrazzo’s biggest triumph was when she helped a client quit her addiction to methamphetamine. “That took 12 sessions, but she has been off of it for over 2 years now, and she is studying psychology,” she said. “That’s something I want to do more of is helping people quit their drug addictions.” She said the only reason people are addicted, have a low self-esteem or have no optimism for their future is because their subconscious is telling them that they can’t achieve their goals. “The subconscious is that little voice in your head that says this is going to work or this is not going to work,” she said. “The subconscious begins from when you’re in the womb. ... Any habit can be changed or modified when you connect with the subconscious mind.”
“Beliefs become embedded in the subconscious at a young age, and even if they aren’t true, they can control a person’s life,” she added. “In hypnotherapy we can change those false beliefs. You should, in theory, be able to use your brain to heal anything.” Marrazzo said she intends to continue to heal people for the rest of her life. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire from this because I love it.”