University Hospitals Avon Health Center to Host Group Hypnotherapy Sessions

3_staging_1inchAVON – Clinical Hypnotherapist Don Mannarino, MA, of the Connor Integrative Medicine Network at University Hospitals (UH), will present two group hypnotherapy sessions at UH Avon Health Center on Thursday, March 6.  The first session will focus on weight loss, and the second will focus on smoking cessation.

Hypnosis is defined as a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention which taps into and harnesses the power of the human mind. The unique state of consciousness has been proven, through numerous research studies, to offer countless possibilities for healing, positive change, and self-exploration.

From 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Don will guide participants in bringing to an end compulsive, impulsive and emotional overeating.  With Don’s skillful guidance and the power of positive suggestion, participants will regain self-control and self-discipline; begin choosing foods that are healthful rather than harmful; and end the emotional and psychological craving for sugars, sweets and salty foods.

From 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., the focus shifts to smoking cessation, where participants will learn to become a non-smoker again.  The habit of smoking starts in the mind.  Through the power of positive hypnosis, it can end in the mind.  Smoking is a choice, and through hypnosis, the choice to smoke will be reversed with no unpleasant withdrawal or weight gain.

The cost for participation is $75 per session, and includes a supplemental CD to take home.  UH Avon Health Center is located at 1997 Healthway Drive, near I-90 and Route 83. To register for either session, please call 216-767-8435.

Don is a nationally certified clinical hypnotherapist, and is a respected authority on utilizing advanced induction methods of authentic hypnosis as taught and practiced by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  Prior to joining the Connor Integrative Medicine Network, Don provided clinical hypnosis for several major health organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.

The Connor Integrative Medicine Network at UH was funded by a generous donation from Chris Connor, CEO of Sherwin Williams, and his wife Sara.  With a focus on helping patients reach optimal health through body, mind and spirit, Connor Integrative Medicine Network blends state-of-the-art medical care with innovative, evidence-based therapies and services, including: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Massage, Meditation and Guided Imagery, Mindfulness training, Music therapy, Myofascial Release therapy, Reflexology, and more.  For complete information about the Connor Integrative Medicine Network at UH, please visit


About University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center


Founded in 1908, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center is a 387-licensed bed hospital system with additional campuses in Amherst (University Hospitals Amherst Health Center), Avon (University Hospitals Avon Health Center) and Sheffield (University Hospitals Sheffield Health Center), along with medical offices in Grafton, North Ridgeville and Westlake.  Part of the University Hospitals health system, UH Elyria Medical Center offers patients access to UH Case Medical Center, a nationally recognized academic medical center, as well as programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center. UH Elyria Medical Center is one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) and is ranked among the top 5% in the nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014). In addition, UH Elyria was named a 13-time “NorthCoast 99 Top Employer” by the Employers’ Resource Council. For more information, visit


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