CASTRO VALLEY — There's nothing better than starting off the new year with a deep, relaxing sleep, according to Seth-Deborah Roth, a hypnotist with a practice on Castro Valley Boulevard.
Roth, 59, will offer a free seminar introducing the benefits of hypnotism Sunday to celebrate World Hypnotism Day.
"The way the economy is going, a lot of people are losing their jobs," she said. "And I'm seeing an increase of those people coming to seek help because they're depressed."
But treating the blues isn't the only thing hypnotism can be help, Roth said, adding that the deep breaths and peaceful trances participants will undergo also can help in fulfilling goals and building self-esteem.
Roth, who last year was featured in the Discovery Channel television series "MythBusters," has been offering free programs on World Hypnotism Day for the past four years. She has more than 30 years of hypnotherapy experience — studying, teaching and working with patients.
"I just want to let people know what hypnosis is and isn't," she said.
Roth will start the program with an overview of hypnotism and her practice. She also will provide a group demonstration and give examples of how participants can practice hypnotism at home.
Some of the issues she has helped patients with include weight loss, pain management, insomnia, anxiety, and trying to stop bad habits such as smoking.
Sunday's program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and
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