Last weekend was the 8th Annual What Women Want Show from Conexus Arts Centre, and while I’ve been to the show a number of times in the past, I’ve never participated in it quite as much as I ended up participating last weekend! A friend and I went for the afternoon on Saturday to do a little shopping and see some of the entertainment together – by the way Aradia Fitness pole dancing demo made me feel extremely out of shape! – and then I joined Rustie Dean to emcee the main stage for the evening. I’ve never happened to be at What Women Want at the same time as the fashion show portion and it was really cool to be back stage and see the outfits up close from a lot of local stores!
One thing that often surprises people about me is that I still get pretty nervous when it comes to being onstage in front of people; something about seeing the people while I talk to them as opposed to just talking in a room all by myself throws me off a little bit. Knowing that little bit of information is kind of essential moving forward with this story, because knowing that, it might surprise you that I was the first person to volunteer when the hypnotist came on stage. If you follow along with our Facebook page you’ve already seen where this story goes…long story short I get hypnotized and basically become the entertainment for the rest of the evening! As the hypnotist quickly noticed this wasn’t the first time I’d been hypnotized, because once you’ve done it before it gets easier every time.
I’ve had so many people ask me after every time I get hypnotized if I remember anything, how I could let someone “control my mind” like that, and even been told that I must have been faking if I remembered anything from the experience. Like I said previously in this post I am a pretty nervous person onstage so for anyone wondering, no I didn’t fake anything. The problem a lot of people have when they try to get hypnotized is that they overthink it and get scared. A lot of people assume when you’re hypnotized that you are actually going to fall asleep and lose all sense of what’s around you the voices, the faces but that’s not quite how it works. Basically what happens is you get to this extreme point of relaxation where you just stop thinking about everything else. Your imagination runs wild and when the hypnotist tells you to do something you instantly come up with something to do. Everything that comes out of your mouth, every action that happens on the stage is something you’ve come up with in your own head. You’re still the same person, you still know your limits, and I am yet to do something while hypnotized that I am ashamed of.
After it’s all said and done it’s really up to you what you remember, you’ll remember what you want to right away and sometimes it takes a little while to remember everything clearly. The best part though is when it’s all over, there are no words to describe how relaxed you feel after you’ve been hypnotized. I tend to move around a lot in the night and my boyfriend told me the next day that I fell asleep and didn’t move the entire night. It always makes me sad when people are too scared to give it a try because it is such an amazing experience as long as you’re willing to let it happen. One thing I highly recommend if you’re nervous but want to try is to make sure the hypnotist isn’t going to do anything too crazy (they’ll usually tell the audience before the show), Jamie James who performed the show at What Women Want was awesome for that! He’s part of the Corrie J Hypnosis Group, read more about them here: http://www.corriej.ca/Regina