On Thursday (September 14), Kawartha Hypnosis will be welcoming the community into their newly renovated clinic in downtown Peterborough with a five-year anniversary and grand re-opening party.
Held at Kawartha Hypnosis at 351 Charlotte Street, the event will kick off at 12 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a brief speech from Rebecca O’Rourke, a certified hypnotist and director of Kawartha Hypnosis. A free outdoor barbeque lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., and guests will have a chance to tour the new clinic before O’Rourke hosts a free workshop on using hypnosis to enhance healing.
“It’s an appreciation luncheon,” says O’Rourke. “It’s an appreciation for the community, appreciation for medical staff, and appreciation for my clients.”
Operating out of both Peterborough and Lindsay (165 Kent Street West), O’Rourke uses multi-media hypnosis to help clients with life changes they’re unable to make on their own, with programs for losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing stress, improving sleep, and tackling fears and phobias.
Each month, O’Rourke additionally offers four hours of free workshops to businesses and groups in the community covering topics like stress management and self-hypnosis, depending on the group’s needs. O’Rourke also provides stage comedy hypnosis for those who might be looking to have a little more fun with it.
Since opening her clinic five years ago, O’Rourke has faced several challenges for her business, including pandemic restrictions, last spring’s derecho storm that left Kawartha Hypnosis without power for two weeks and, most recently, a broken water main that flooded the entire clinic and rendered it unusable for four months. During those four months, O’Rourke continued to see clients using space at The Brain Therapy Clinic and the Realign Wellness Centre.
O’Rourke explains that the grand opening is intended to give back to the community that gave her support, while also celebrating the growth and success of Kawartha Hypnosis despite the obstacles of the past few years.
“We’ve really gotten better from these challenges, even from the flood, because we now have a beautifully renovated space,” says O’Rourke, explaining that even the pandemic encouraged her to make the move to virtual services, ultimately expanding Kawartha Hypnosis with a global reach. “Every challenge seems to help us grow and thrive and we’re appreciative of the community that supports us.”
Now that O’Rourke is moving into her clinic again, the re-opening gives her a chance to re-introduce herself and her services to the community, which is why she has chosen to provide a free educational talk called “Hypnosis for Health and Happiness.”
“We will be teaching people some tools and tips on using hypnosis techniques to help enhance healing,” she explains. “The mind really does have a powerful ability to heal the body, so we’re teaching people how to use mind instead of focusing on pain.”
The hypnotist has also invited staff from local chiropractic, massage therapy, and naturopath businesses to help them use hypnosis and understand the power of the mind when working with clients.
“They can take some of the tools and use them with their own clients,” she says.”The mind has a component to every person’s journey regardless of who they’re seeing or what they’re seeing them for. Being able to direct them in a way that uses the mind for healing is proven to have greater success rate with healing.”