There is finally an answer for people who have problems with overeating, smoking, addiction, and lack of exercise. That answer is hypnosis. Don't laugh or stop reading; this is serious.
Benham Saghafi, an adjunct professor at UB as well as a certified hypnotist and grandmaster in Tae Kwon Do, will be speaking about his techniques for improving life on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in 4 Knox Hall.
"My work in martial arts and hypnosis for the past 30 years has naturally led to the development of this methodology," Saghafi said. "By exercising our body and mind we can learn how to apply this knowledge. I dehypnotize people."
The focus of Saghafi's techinique is on the mind, because that is the root of all that the body does.
"Self-enforced mental challenges are simply the tapes in our head that run subconscious negative thoughts," Saghafi said. "They can be rewritten in a positive manner with work and conscious thought. Eventually they run on their own as the former tapes did, generating new productive thoughts and behaviors."
The philosophy of this change addresses the underlying causes for why people engage in un-healthy activities.
"Everyone who has the dream, drive, and the desire can improve their quality of life," Saghafi said.