Lead Article written by John Dutton of SAMHA, on “Debunking the Myths of Hypnosis”
Published in the newly re-launched Odyssey Magazine. www.odysseymagazine.co.za



Practitioner of the Month


Advanced Practitioner – Aiden Lottering 

I started my journey into the mind and its workings with the South African Institute of Hypnotism(SAIH) and finished my journey with the South African Modern Hypnosis Academy (SAMHA) where I found an approach to Hypnosis that I resonated with deeply. I qualified through SAMHA as an advanced practitioner and researcher. After completing my basic counselling skills through LifeLine counselling as I thought this is a great addition for any Hypnosis practitioner to have, I widened my scope by including a NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming) certification from Achology and is also currently busy with my Master practitioner status through them.

I am also an active member of the Hypnosis Guild of Southern Africa.

During my past 13 year journey with this extremely valuable modality, I have worked with a wide range of different cultures and demographics to assist them with finding their own internal locus of control, which is crucial to us all in my humble opinion.
I have seen amazing results from the use of the power of the subconscious mind with various people, from Discovery project managers to stay at home moms, from big business owners to local celebrities and even a former head of state. This opened up my desire to connect people to the part of themselves that they have forgotten and there is no better modality to achieve this with, than Hypnosis, in my experience.

I have always believed that a good practitioner in any therapeutic modality came to be there because of their own demons that they had to face. Naturally they will stick with the modality that worked best for them. Hypnosis was mine, that is why I run my full time Hypnosis practice from Menlo Park in Pretoria East where I work with a variety of different clients so my practice is not specifically focused on one area.

In the variety of things I have had the privilege of doing, one of them was working as a Counsellor in a remedial school. Liaising between the parents and their children has equipped me with working with the adult, parent and child triad within a grown up’s mental processes, in a very effective way. The experience that came with working with these kids was invaluable and it confirmed, for me, the importance of any Hypnotherapist to work with children. I love empowering them through the use of this great tool!

I believe the mind and body needs to work together so my other interest is Chinese Martial Arts which I have been practicing for about 26 years. I am a partner in a Fitness facility and also teach and train there. This gave me great insight into the mind/body connection.
I have enjoyed and hosted numerous workshops on Stress Management, Hypnosis and Rules of the Mind, Fitness and Martial arts skills and Empowering Children, and assisting Sales Teams to find their balance. The combination of these only made me realize how much there is to still learn and share surrounding this thing we call life. I enjoy sharing this knowledge and teaching people how to use their master healer, which is the mind.




With more and more people becoming aware and turning to alternative medicines and treatments, Hypnosis is fast becoming a Key Factor in helping people in their day-to-day lives. Science now recognizes Hypnosis. Professors Posner and Amir Raz (USA) released scientific research factors features in the New York Times 2005.  The misconceptions created by stage shows, cultures, beliefs and an uninformed public have created a Fear Factor that has prevented many people from using the healing power available from Hypnosis.  A visit to our professional centre, will not only provide you with a very enjoyable, relaxing 60 – 90 minute session, but also give you an informed insight into what treatments and techniques would best suit your needs.  The total confidentiality creates a trust factor between Client and Therapist that enables the Client to feel safe, secure and motivated to achieve a positive result.  At our Treatment Centre, total professionalism combined with modern day techniques and research provides you with an opportunity to improve your Lifestyle.

Actual pictures taken during Research of the brain being receptive to suggestive techniques, conducted in the USA, 2005

Due to popular demand

John Dutton has opened a practice on the South Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal at

Palm Beach close to Port Edward

Monday to Friday

(Subject to him not being away lecturing)

Out of town clients welcome – accommodation available


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