From Sept. 12-18, Blink Fitness, New York, will offer free hypnosis sessions designed to change mindsets and help motivate members to work out, the company announced on Aug. 17.
Gymnosis is a series of complimentary in-gym and virtual hypnosis sessions open to Blink members as well as non-members. Each person who registers and completes a session in-person or online will receive a one-day pass to Blink Fitness. Passes must be redeemed by Dec. 31, 2022.
In-person sessions will be offered at Blink’s Park Slope location in Brooklyn, New York. Multiple sessions will occur each day both at this location and online. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. The sessions will be conducted in a group setting with approximately 10 to 30 people per session. Registration is required and limited slots are available.
“Logic, reasoning, and willpower are not always enough to convince ourselves to exercise,” said Carolyn Barnes, certified clinical hypnotherapist and wellness expert, who will lead the virtual hypno-sessions. “Hypnosis is a purely natural state that can offer direct access to the subconscious mind, where our learned behavior pattern-making systems reside. By accessing the subconscious mind, we can start to change the default switch from old patterns that don’t serve us, to new ones that do.”
Ninety percent of brain activity is subconscious, she said. When stress and emotions are not managed properly, people can fall into old behaviors and beliefs that were previously programmed into our subconscious. Hypnosis, however, creates a deeper state of relaxation and allows individuals to utilize the power of the subconscious mind to help bring positive change, she said.
According to a recent survey conducted by professors and students from the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, the events of the past two years have also resulted in an increase in the number of people struggling with "brain fog"—a drop in mental clarity, focus and motivation.
“A commitment to working out and wellness takes personal motivation,” said Todd Magazine, CEO at Blink Fitness. “Mustering that motivation can be hard. At Blink, we want to give individuals as many tools as possible to achieve their fitness goals.”