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Guangzhou white-collar workers relieve stress through hypnotism

2013-10-16 13:48 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Si Huan

(ECNS) – An increasing number of urban white collar workers in Guangzhou are resorting to hypnosis to relieve pressure from work and life, according to xkb.com.cn.

The therapy can run from 600 yuan ($98) to 8,000 yuan ($1,311) per hour.

"As far as I know, the most expensive one in Guangzhou is 6,000 yuan ($983) per hour," said Xiao Yuhe, a hypnotist from Taiwan who runs a business in Guangzhou.

"Hypnosis is a kind of psychological counseling that helps people deal with stress."

On the Chinese mainland, psychological counseling and hypnotherapy have attracted attention in recent years, and most visitors are white collar workers aged between 20 to 40.

Xiao said the movie "Inception" has contributed to the trend: "Many people came to me after that movie was released."

Xiao added that many people have mistaken hypnosis for the treatment of insomnia, but "hypnosis is far different from normal sleep. Even though Hypnosis can help people relax and fall asleep, it can't be a special treatment for sleep problems."

Many girls have also come to Xiao, hoping to delete memories of their ex-boyfriends.

The original intention of hypnosis is to release a subject's subconscious, rather than hide rational awareness, Xiao explained.

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