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About Hypnotherapy

The art of hypnosis has been effective for thousands of years and has been refined to the version that I and other practitioners now use in the 21st century.

There are no two people in this world who are exactly the same. Each person is unique with their own distinctive meaning and purpose in the world.

How then can we limit ourselves to existing categories or labels? No, we should not.

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Most people walk through the world in a trance of disempowerment.
Our work is to transform that into a trance of empowerment



Thank you for helping resolve our 10 year old son’s compulsive behaviour. The compulsive behaviour (hair pulling) started when he was eight years old and we had tried so many different avenues including medication and different therapies. After only 2 sessions of hypnotherapy with you he had stopped completely overnight. Your gentle, caring nature and calm way was amazing. You have changed my son’s life! His hair (and confidence) has grown back and he looks like a normal boy again. We are eternally grateful to you.
Hello, Shizu - yes I do feel different and my family and friends say there is an amazing difference in my attitude. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for the session today. It was very interesting and most moving. I will spend some time now thinking over all those images! It was also so lovely to meet you and to work with you. I felt very safe and held. I feel very much as if the insights were teased out of me by your beautiful and non-interfering guidance. I look forward to sharing more insights with you, as they emerge.
Coming to a profound transformation of my life, I needed professional help to clarify deep stuff. I immediately thought of Hypnotherapy, to reach the layer which is deeper than just physiological, psychological or emotional one. We tend to focus on those surface layers but if one is open for transformative inspiration, answers are within ourselves. Shizuko gently held a safe and nurturing space, hypnosis was ideal for what I needed to dig in, so that a little seed or wisdom could unfold naturally.
This is a little bit of my experience, my recommendation and a bit of what hypnotism felt like for me. (Shizuko says everyone is different)

For many years, I have struggled with not feeling good enough. At some point I went to a clinical psychologist, which didn't give me any helpful insight into the mechanisms of my behaviour. Crippling self criticism and self doubt is just that, crippling and I hadn't come to really see the true depth of that statement simply because that has been a major part of my experience for so long.

I've always been curious about hypnotherapy and from what I had read I felt it could be quite close to meditative states that I have grown used to and used as a dancer. This turns out to be true. Hypnotism feels a little like a mediative state especially the way it is induced. It felt so familiar to me that after the first session I questioned whether I was hypnotised or not. (I was very deeply hypnotised.) This is because it is a heightened state of consciousness. Part of your conscious mind is always there and at some points I found I was having an internal dialog about whether my first responses were correct. Although time is distorted when being hypnotised you have control over yourself and in one of the sessions when I was getting close to the root of the problem I automatically woke up without suggestion. The subconscious seems to be very sensitive and will defend itself against pain at all costs.

Shizuko is highly accurate in her assessment of emotional problems. She brings a helpful and useful perspective on a complex issue like depression. The atmosphere in her therapy room is immediately calming, safe and Shizuko immediately starts an open dialog. (Also I loved sitting on the floor for our sessions.)

I feel as though the heaviest part of the psychological weight has been lifted off my shoulders. This is not to say I am this new shiny person that has been given a miracle cure. I felt that I met my inner cheerleaders and gained a more tangible understanding of true strength which has a lot more to do with compassion than the ability to endure constant pain.

Self growth is a continuous process, and my work is not finished, with myself, for myself and together with Shizuko.
A very big thank you for your help in clearing so many issues for me in our 2 sessions. You offer such a safe environment and imbue one with immediate trust. It is such a masterful, safe and quick way to see the problems blocking ones progress and with your guidance to clear these blockages so one can move forward with clarity and lightness.
From the moment I saw Shizu online and in person, I just knew that this was the person who would unlock what it is i need to discover. She is a truly wonderful woman, and sets a calm, accepting tone for the atmosphere of the session.

I believe that your subconscious will only present what it is you need and what you are ready for, therefore there is no need to be alarmed when attending hypnotherapy. You have got you under control! I was gracefully led into hypnosis, and the details which emerged only truly made sense in the days to come. I needed to overcome traumatic wounds which I could not access in my conscious state- so, while these may have been difficult to process, I was ready, and felt perfectly comfortable within her space.

The days after the session, is when the real lessons unfolded. The acknowledgement of trauma had opened doors and placed bright lights ahead of me, it was truly pivotal for the expansion of my soul consciousness.

It was a beautiful personal experience guided by lovely, Shizu and myself. I was given a simple yet personalized tool of releasing my fears into the ocean, which i did the following day. I will carry this tool with me in the future!
---Soul journey leading to a past life session------
Hypnotherapy was always something that was pretty scary to me, I mean you lose all control and someone takes over your mind right? Totally wrong. I went through a wonderful healing process with Shizu where I was gently guided by her lovely safe voice and taken to a place where I could find answers and healing. At all times I was completely aware of what was going on and who I was while being focused on the reason for attending the session. Shizu has a wonderful calm and non judgmental manner and I felt completely at ease in the session and under her guidance.

Beside the wonderful session, the location was a nice calm space, I was comfortable and felt wonderful when I left the building.
From the moment I met Shizuko I felt at ease. She brings together a positive and calming Eastern spiritual energy in her approach to hypnotherapy. She was very patient, unrushed and sincerely caring in helping me with my regression therapy. She took time upfront to understand my needs and the problem I was trying to overcome. Although I struggled with my initial induction, Shizuko graciously applied multiple techniques to eventually get me induced. She worked tirelessly through my regression to help me piece together all the pieces of my puzzle which took about 2 hours. I can highly recommend Shizuko.
------Group hypnosis testimonial (Embracing Vulnerability)---------
I participated in a Group Hypnosis Session facilitated by Shizu and experienced her ability to manage a diverse group of people with
compassion and clarity. She made me feel very safe and relaxed, my personal experience was one of total acceptance and getting in
touch with my heart chakra. I had a vision of a beautiful red rose and it brought back wonderful memories of my childhood. After the session I was very relaxed and felt a deep sense of contentment. I would highly recommend Shizu as a skilled Hypnotherapist.
------Group hypnosis testimonial (Embracing Vulnerability)---------
Thank you very much, Shizu. It was an experience I'll never forget. It was such an eye-opening experience. I feel like a human being again!! I would definitely love to attend another session. It was so powerful... I am truly changed. Humanity has to know that it's ok to be human sometimes.
------Group hypnosis testimonial (Embracing Vulnerability)---------
Thank you for such a beautiful talk - it was so very relevant to me right now. I'm sure to everyone in one way or another. Also the hypno was wonderful and slept so well... So exciting this modality.
I have had four sessions with Shizu. In each one we managed to cover four very different subjects though somehow woven together. I came out feeling that now had the tools to work with. She is both a practical person but also a deep and spiritual soul. The techniques I have now used are planted in my mind. This is hypnotherapy in its very essence. Positive and in my mind most proven of methods in healing which I've had to use over critical periods of my life. Shizu has rekindled a healing fire inside I thought was lost. This with extreme gratitude.
---Soul journey session--- I just want to thank you for the session today. It was of great value to me and I am still getting more information as the day is progressing. I loved your gentle approach and your intuition on when to talk and when to let me carry on by myself. I will definitely contact you soon as there was more to learn and more messages that I need to get. Your guidance was critical to these messages.
After many years of failed attempts to stop smoking, I decided to try hypnosis for the first time, and am enormously grateful that an internet search led me to Shizuko at Heart of Living. She has the perfect reassuring blend of warmth and professionalism, and I felt at ease immediately upon meeting her. After filling in an in-depth questionnaire, and discussing at length my twenty-odd year smoking habit, Shizuko took me through a guided hypnosis session.

Within minutes of the start of the hypnosis, we were able to identify the real unconscious reasons behind the fact that I was finding it so hard to stop smoking. It was a deeply emotional experience, which not only helped me to stop smoking, but also helped me to think in a new way about some underlying trauma from my past.

I have not smoked a cigarette since that session, and I feel the benefits of not smoking every day. I cannot recommend Shizuko highly enough. She truly is a miracle worker.
As a fairly skeptical person, I wasn't certain what to expect undergoing Hypnosis. Shizuko very calmly sets one at ease during the initial consultation so that you aren't constantly distracted by questions of "Is this an authentic experience or not? Am I doing it right?"

Shizuko spends a significant amount of time to get to know you as a person and her desire to solve problems (rather than vague scratching around) that the client comes really impressed me. She is really interested in helping her clients and if your problem is purely mental, as was mine, then hypnosis can be a powerful method to begin working towards solving the issue.

I had suffered from insomnia significantly for years, and with Shizuko's help I was able to begin to reduce my sleeping tablet dosage without any noticeable difference - and I'm confident I can reduce it to nothing.

I highly recommend Shizuko as a hypnotherapist for her kind, professional, and highly competent services.
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I often feel as though relaxation is a bit of a luxury for me, although I know it doesn't have to be that way. Still, somehow, I allow relaxation to elude me. Shizuko's Relaxation & Empowerment session made me realize that it is actually quite simple, but also essential, that we learn to let go. People may be wary of hypnotherapy because they fear that they will lose control entirely and say or do things that they don't want to say or do, but I didn't feel that way at all. I just felt safe and deliciously relaxed throughout the session.
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My first experience with hypnotherapy was guided by Shizu Naruse-Claassens at an open day during a group session. I was quite nervous at first as I had never tried anything like it before, and also that I was attending on my own, but was soon made to feel right at ease and ‘part of the family’. Shizu’s session on Relaxation and Self-Empowerment really opened my eyes to the possibilities of hypnotherapy and the power we have within ourselves to make positive changes to our lives. Her expert guidance during the session made me feel quite safe and secure and Shizu’s welcoming, warm energy allowed me to really experience this form of therapy with an open mind and heart and I can highly recommend the experience for any ‘first timers’ that may be feeling nervous or uncertain of what to expect.
I highly recommend the hypnotherapy services of Shizu Naruse-Claassens. I found that the journey of hypnotherapy requires a bit of bravery on the side of the client, in order to stay open and honest with ones’ self about the issues that surface during a hypnotherapy session. Shizu really helps in this regard by creating a safe and caring atmosphere. She gently and consistently guided me through the various parts of my hypnosis and I emerged feeling calm and having a deeper understanding of myself. I believe that hypnotherapy is a very effective and relatively quick way of dealing with deep seated issues, like my food addiction and all other addictions, childhood issues, trauma and a host of other problems.

I urge you to try it, what have you got to lose?
Shizu really helped me to kick my former smoking addiction for good. Once she helped me to get my subconscious mind’s power, to effortlessly get over the initial physical withdrawal symptoms was a breeze! I never knew it could be this easy!
I had a consultation with Shizu for the first time when I had a relationship problem with my partner. After talking with Shizu, in fact I found myself unbelievably feeling better and having a much clearer vision. It was as if all the fog lying in front of me has faded away and a road showing which way to go has suddenly appeared. The wonderful skill of Shizu, I think, is her wording. She listened carefully to my confused and scattered feelings, but she herself also talked. Her wording was rich in expression as well as professional. Through the dialogue, I felt my mind filtered out the impurities little by little and finally only a pure feeling remained. It was an amazing experience. Shizu has a true skill to soothe people's minds.
I went to Shizu after meeting her at a networking breakfast. She has a wonderful energy and makes you feel immediately comfortable and at ease. I strongly recommend Shizu for anyone that is needing to change something in their lives using Hypnotherapy - she is the only person I have ever felt confident enough to do this with. Thank you Shizu.
I used to let my fear and pain practically consume me to a point where I wished I did not exist. You had given me the opportunity to bridge the gap between the known and suppressed to the point where everything is understood and I stop having the feeling of constant dread or self-doubt. Thank you... Thank you beyond any words can express. I know what you will say, that it was not you but without your guidance and help I would have never known how it would feel to find solace in a brutal past and to know how to find hope again and a new love and lease for this life. Now all I want is to be all that I can be and do all that I ever wanted, not only for myself but for everyone around me, my Mother who deserves so much more in life. How hope builds in my life everyday since then is miraculous and a blessing. I see life with renewed eyes.
Thank you so much you helped me to realise my own self-worth
I found a new job that promises to be a great career choice rather than a job! Can't thank you enough for your help in allowing me to realise my potential, believe in myself and take control. I've definitely started to change my life for the better!

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