Testimonials & Success Stories

Hypnotherapy, Reiki, & CDs

“For years, I was struggling in my life and in High School to the point that many people thought I was crazy or ‘it was all in my head.’ My mind was so powerful that I could not control the voices I was hearing. Suddenly, my legs were paralyzed to the point I couldn’t even walk.  I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and placed into a mental institution for a week. That means either I was on the border of having schizophrenia or I was by polar. I just loved hearing that. No one understood that the voices were getting worse and that they were interfering with my life.  I felt so alone.

My mom encouraged me to pick out a hypnotist and that’s when I saw Mariscela’s ad in the Insight Directory.  She looked very sweet and compassionate and I knew she just wasn’t going to do it for the money. I felt that she actually cared for me and wanted to help me the best she could. When my mom and I met her and she made me feel very comfortable and NOT crazy. She explained to me what my condition was and how she was going to help me. She said that she believed me, but I was the one who could stop this, and she would support me and help me the best she could. My first session was very powerful and scary, but successful.

Everything was going great, when unexpectedly my dad passed away and I thought that was the last straw to my very existence. Mariscela also worked with me on that trauma and now I am doing a lot better. I no longer have those feelings of not wanting to belong in this world because now I am not alone and I know that I control my destiny.

I have graduated from High School and am moving on with my life. Mariscela guided me to change my whole life in about 6 sessions that the therapists or doctors I was seeing for years could never do. I am so relieved that there is a person out there who was willing to help me and NOT put me on medication. A part of me is still surprised this actually occurred and I beat it.  Now I am just living my life the way I want to live it.”

Thank you,
Jade P., Grass Valley

“I am an educator who needed closure in some parts of my life. Mariscela Alvarez provided me with understanding, compassion and professionalism. The tools she used in her practice inspired and self empowered me. I was able to bring my body, mind, and spirit back into harmony with her guidance. Mariscela has given me the inner peace that forms a strong spiritual core. She is a great healer.”

Love and Gratitude
Laura D., Cool

“When I look back over the past 2 months and realize how my view of life has changed for the positive and how it is changing me.  I would never have guessed to what depths I could connect with myself; through your compassionate, genuine and capable guidance I am truly more of the person that I have always wanted to be.  You have shown me that I do not have to stay locked into a thought process…a constant struggle to remain positive.  If I could, I would finance each and every person in the world in which, to experience your Hypnotherapy and Meditation CD’s.  I have found such a deep peace and a new outlook on life that in my past, I did not even allow myself to hope for.  There is not a thing that I would change about my experiences while in your care.  They are perfect to me and I pray that others will find you and learn that they too can find this sense of peace, joy and just letting go.”

With warmest regards,
Carroll L., Roseville

“Mariscela was the impetus to my new way of eating. I know you have to be in the right frame of mind for hypnosis to succeed, and I was certainly tired of being heavy, at 345 pounds. I walked out of my first session with her and have had no desire to touch sodas of any kind, leaded or unleaded. Her suggestions were great and given to me in a booklet form I could review. I appreciated her CD that reiterated our sessions. From Thanksgiving to the current time (mid-May) I’ve shrunk to 255 pounds, and it doesn’t seem to have been that hard. I am grateful to Mariscela for starting me on the way and being a positive reinforcement.”

Robert L. B., Colfax

“Ethical, trustworthy and the embodiment of peace, Mariscela Alvarez, through hypnosis, was the incredible guide to my subconscious mind. She led me on a journey to tap my own inner resources. Through hypnosis sessions, she gently assisted me to a healthier way of life; to become a thinner, more energetic vibrant self. I am an oncology nurse who fell into the trap that so many health care professionals find themselves…stressed, overworked, emotionally wrung out, eating too much, too fast and not taking time for themselves to fill up emotionally.  Mariscela gave me the personal tools to take charge of my life, learn how to relax, and make good eating choices. Hypnosis, led by Mariscela, is a safe effective path to learn to use your inner energy resources to better your life. I’ve lost 12 lbs in two months and will reach my weight goal in just one more month.  Mariscela is wonderful.”

Peace and Love
Carol W., Auburn, CA

“When I first found out about Mariscela and her work, I went to her website and was impressed enough to call her and inquire about her class in Chi Gung and Tai Chi.  My wife and I took the class and enjoyed her sessions very much, and I even decided to work with her in obtaining hypnotherapy.  That, too, was a wonderful experience!  She spent over 2 hours with me, giving me every opportunity to let her know why I was seeking treatment.  In that time, we created 10 affirmations, which she “set” with me under hypnosis.  Soon after, sherecorded a CD which utilized hypnotic suggestions and the affirmations.  It is wonderful!  I’ve been using the CD for a few weeks to help cope with my pain as I recover from a back injury, and it has brought me great relief and a much more positive attitude.  Thank you Mariscela!”

Love and Healing
Dave C., Grass Valley, CA

“I am proud to say that I’ve gone seven months without a cigarette.  You have helped me through what I thought was going to be a losing battle and I’ve come through with “flying colors”.  The sessions were easy and the results were great.  Thank you so much for helping me end a very bad habit.  I’ve told allot of people about you.”

Thank you again
Janet P., Auburn CA
“Mariscela provided an amazing experience for me that included compassion and insightfulness. I felt safe to sort through the complexities that inhibit weight loss.  She provided and assortment of tools that helped me to identify several ways to explore and enrich my life.  Mariscela is an amazing person and an inspiration in many ways.  Her kindness and warmth are lovely things to behold.”

With gratitude
Karen W., Colfax, CA

“I often tell people that I know everything about diet and exercise. I’ve gained and lost weight many times. Move more, eat less. Gee, thanks for that! I’ve tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers; I’ve been on the powder and bar diet. I’ve even tried hoodia, and it didn’t work, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I will happily eat tasty food, whether I’m hungry or not!

So when I met Mariscela, and listened to her talk about hypnosis as a weight management tool, I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea. I am happy to tell you that I found the entire process to be very pleasant, relaxing, and pain free. I engaged with Mariscela for a series of ten sessions. Each session had a different topic and lasted anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes. I can’t guarantee how anyone else will react, but I think it was pretty easy to get me into a state of hypnosis.

Mariscela also provided me with CDs that I have listened to over and over again since I stopped seeing her. I usually listen first thing in the morning after I wake up and before I get out of bed. Since my experience with Mariscela, I have completely quit drinking soda, I am drinking way more water, and I am much more eager to exercise daily. The biggest benefit that I have found is that I am much less troubled by hunger. I used to think that the reason that some people are naturally slim and some people are not is because slim people don’t get as hungry as heavy people. I am very happy to report that, of course, I get hungry, but not nearly as much as previously. I barely snack at all anymore, and when I do. I just eat a few little things and I can pass on the rest.

When I sit down for a meal, without thinking I eat much less. I usually end up leaving a good bit of food on my plate, especially if I’m eating out, you know, they always give you way too much food. I am actually unable to finish a big plate of food.

Like I said before, I always gained the weight back, because I will happily eat tasty food, whether I’m hungry or not. The fact that I can look at a snack on a plate or in a bowl, and even without thinking about it, I will be like, no I’ve had enough of that, I can pass on the rest, is just a major for me. It’s not willpower, because willpower is vastly overrated. Willpower is hard, there’s too much suffering.  Say you have a bowl of M&Ms on your desk. You may look at it a hundred times in a day and not have any. But sooner or later, you’re going to dip into the bowl of candy and eat it all, because the pain of resisting was too hard. What hypnosis has done for me is I will eat my three or 4 M&Ms and I have no desire at all for anymore. No pain, just happiness.

I am happy to report that I did lose 12 pounds, and that since my sessions with Mariscela have been over, I have not gained any of that weight back. I feel much better than I did before, especially since I am exercising so much more. If you are thinking about visiting Mariscela for weight loss hypnosis, I highly recommend that you sign up for the ten sessions.”

Sharon G., Auburn

“I found the work that I did with Mariscela to be gentle and profound. The horizon is broader and the colors in my world are brighter since she guided me and I have done the homework. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a balanced yet powerful way to connect with your real self and to get a handle on energy wasting self talk. She is very present and skilled in the work that she does.”

Michael S., Grass Valley

“I experienced post traumatic stress over many years. This manifested as depression, anxiety and anger. I was very low energy from battling these negative thought forms. Mariscela Alvarez gave me a powerful healing.  Immediately I felt that my whole attitude had changed and I had enough energy to begin to make some changes. She also gave me some great tools to use in eradicating negative mind patterns in order to let the positive life energy flow. I have worked with her CD Energy Retrieval and feel that I have been given my life back. She is awesome!”

Anonymous

“My three sessions with Mariscela Alvarez has given me great strength to move on in my life. Ms. Alvarez is a humble healer but the positive force of the healing are immediate and long lasting. The unique combination of Reiki and hypnotherapy gave clear presence as well as several handy tools for continuing the work at home. A session or many sessions with Mariscela will certainly bring clarity and light into your life. My highest recommendation.”

Cassandra W.J., Nevada City

“Mariscela has been a Godsend to me! I “discovered” her because a friend was talking about her husband losing 95 pounds. When asked how he did it, this friend told of the hypnotist, Mariscela. I had been trying unsuccessfully to lose any weight at all, even 5 pounds, for several months. Due to depression and the need for comfort food, I was unable to lose anything at all. I am not what a doctor would call obese; just slightly over the top end of a healthy weight. But my family has a long history of heart disease and diabetes. Both my parents died within the past 2 years due to complications of these diseases. In addition to dealing with their deaths and having been the primary caregiver, I am now ostracized by both my siblings. Mariscela has helped me not only with the useless eating pattern but also the gloominess of depression. I cannot recommend her enough!”

Bonnie, T., Nevada City

“I was a smoker for 36 years. I’ve tried every single technique available (patches, gum, acupuncture, retreats, cold turkey) and nothing ever lasted more than 3 days, at best 2 weeks. Then one day I start considering hypnosis. The idea grew stronger, and stronger in my mind, but I was a little concerned in whom to trust for this venture.  On my search for a professional, I found Mariscela. Her kindness and attention to my problem made me feel secure to try this approach. At our first meeting, I was totally transformed!  

With Mariscela’s technique I came to realize that my smoking habit was hiding a deep pain that I was unable to see before. Once all became clear in my mind, the habit didn’t make any more sense to me. It was easy and a unique experience to witness myself transforming and heading towards a more enjoyable life.  Mariscela suggested a vitamin regiment to knock down the cravings and support my body changes and detox. Excellent meditation techniques and little mental buster reminders to be used throughout the day whenever the cravings would arise.

It’s been a wonderful new life! Thanks Mariscela.

D.S. – Auburn, CA

 

Tai Chi & Chi Kung

“Taking Tai Chi classes from Mariscela is like spending time at an expensive spa (except the price is better).  Just being there is therapeutic.  There was never any pressure to perform better.  Even so, I did learn a great deal about the philosophy behind Tai Chi, and the need for precision.  I will be able to use the short form White Dragon as a moving meditation wherever I go.”

Barbara Y., Auburn, CA

“I so enjoyed the past several months learning Tai Chi—mostly for the calming affect and balance it brings to busy living.  Speaking of balance, I have a very long way to go to improve my literal balance and Tai Chi was the perfect beginning of that journey.  Your positive energy and enthusiasm was wonderful to experience at each class.”

Sharon W-H, Auburn, CA

“Mariscela Alvarez is a very adept teacher and extremely helpful to beginners.  She gave us each individual attention during class and breaks, as to how to use the perfect form and movements doing exercises and Tai Chi.  By taking several classes we learned that the slow movements improved our balance.  Her DVD of exercise and form has helped us to perfect our movements as we practice.  We are very grateful to Mariscela for introducing Tai Chi to us.”

Jim and Bernette F., Penryn, CA

“I find Tai Chi/Chi Kung a very rewarding method of exercise that affects me on many levels in a positive manner.  I was surprised to find that these quiet, calm, meditative movements stimulate parts of my body I didn’t realize I had.  I like to think it is doing the same for me mentally and spiritually, too!!!”

Norma M., Smartville, CA

“I am happy to say that, while going in with sore muscles in left knee area, after six weekly sessions in your class, Mariscela, I have not had any recurrence.  The number of different approaches I had tried did not help. I am looking forward to another such experience with a focus on left arm.  I have since enjoyed the group experience in other settings too.”

Dr. Jeanene O, Auburn, CA

“Mariscela is patient, knowledgeable and attuned to her class.  She instructs her pupils in the movements with an eye on their abilities, gently leading them through the form in a precise, sensitive manner. As a result, my sense of focus, flexibility and balance have greatly improved.  Mariscela is close to a perfect teacher.  Her classes Tai Chi and Chi Kung are delightful, the most enjoyable forms of exercise that I have ever experienced.”

 

Marcelle C, Grass Valley, CA

“Practicing Tai Chi with Mariscela was an oasis of calm in my sometimes stressful life. Mariscela made it easy to learn Tai Chi for beginners through repetition and patience. I love Tai Chi’s relaxed postures and graceful movements. It has made relaxing much more easy. During the time I studied Tai Chi with Mariscela, my high blood pressure even went down! Mariscela has a passion for healing and sharing her love of Tai Chi and she creates a warm and friendly atmosphere with her uplifting and motivating spirit.” 

Laurel Ann Mathe
Co-owner, Mystic Design, Inc.


“My wife and I started taking lessons from Mariscela nearly a year ago.  We wanted to exercise together and have found this to be an excellent program with many benefits, including better balance, strength, and concentration.  Additionally, the group we are in has evolved into a dedicated bunch of folks who help keep things light, which adds greatly to the stress reducing effects of the program.  Mariscela is a gifted and gentle guide”.  

Marji, F. & Joe H., Meadow Vista
“After almost a year of my Tai Chi encounter, the following expresses the experience:  Mind clearing, Stress releasing, Re-energizing, Inner strengthening, and new friendships”

Thank you, Mariscela

Terry Ch., Penryn, CA


For several years I have been interested in learning Tai Chi.  Watching students in the park practicing fascinated me.  Its graceful movements and serenity were appealing.  So my wife and I decided to give a try.  We heard about Mariscela so we signed up for a class.  Its been a year now and we continue to learn the beauties of Tai Chi.  The movements have not only improved my balance but also given a sense of peace that I carry with me each day. And the icing on the cake is having Mariscela as a teacher.  Not only has she mastered the art of Tai Chi, but she is one of the nicest people I have had the privilege to know.  She is extremely patient and is willing to work with you on an individual basis as you slowly learn.  Will I continue with Mariscela, absolutely yes.  I look forward to a continued teacher- student relationship.
Daryl & Rachelle W., Meadow Vista, CA

 

Retreats

“I love your calm energy.  I feel that you are a very wise being, very powerful as a teacher.  You are good at what you do.  I enjoyed my state at the retreat very much; it felt safe and peaceful being out in nature with the comfort of home.”

Maha K., Roseville

“Mariscela is gifted in her work, gentle, loving spirit, knowledgeable. Great experience!”

Linda S., Auburn

“I love the way you communicate, both physically and verbally, as wells as your energy.  You explained everything really well.  I was very comfortable and felt very safe.  The center is so beautiful… I am grateful to have spent time at Mountain Spirit.”

Agnes S., Sacramento

“Mariscela is a beautiful, wonderful spirit with great teaching essences.  I felt very safe and comfortable.  The cabin has very good energy.  I really enjoyed the group discussion. Everything was perfect.  I had a very memorable and loving time.”

Laura D., Cool

“Mariscela is a very genuine person, honest, loyal and a beautiful lady.  I was very comfortable.  The girls were very honest; they displayed a willingness to hear others.  I want to thank everyone for being themselves.”

Margaret E., Foresthill

Hypnotherapy, Reiki, & CDs

“For years, I was struggling in my life and in High School to the point that many people thought I was crazy or ‘it was all in my head.’ My mind was so powerful that I could not control the voices I was hearing. Suddenly, my legs were paralyzed to the point I couldn’t even walk.  I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and placed into a mental institution for a week. That means either I was on the border of having schizophrenia or I was by polar. I just loved hearing that. No one understood that the voices were getting worse and that they were interfering with my life.  I felt so alone.

My mom encouraged me to pick out a hypnotist and that’s when I saw Mariscela’s ad in the Insight Directory.  She looked very sweet and compassionate and I knew she just wasn’t going to do it for the money. I felt that she actually cared for me and wanted to help me the best she could. When my mom and I met her and she made me feel very comfortable and NOT crazy. She explained to me what my condition was and how she was going to help me. She said that she believed me, but I was the one who could stop this, and she would support me and help me the best she could. My first session was very powerful and scary, but successful.

Everything was going great, when unexpectedly my dad passed away and I thought that was the last straw to my very existence. Mariscela also worked with me on that trauma and now I am doing a lot better. I no longer have those feelings of not wanting to belong in this world because now I am not alone and I know that I control my destiny.

I have graduated from High School and am moving on with my life. Mariscela guided me to change my whole life in about 6 sessions that the therapists or doctors I was seeing for years could never do. I am so relieved that there is a person out there who was willing to help me and NOT put me on medication. A part of me is still surprised this actually occurred and I beat it.  Now I am just living my life the way I want to live it.”

Thank you,
Jade P., Grass Valley

“I am an educator who needed closure in some parts of my life. Mariscela Alvarez provided me with understanding, compassion and professionalism. The tools she used in her practice inspired and self empowered me. I was able to bring my body, mind, and spirit back into harmony with her guidance. Mariscela has given me the inner peace that forms a strong spiritual core. She is a great healer.”

Love and Gratitude
Laura D., Cool

“When I look back over the past 2 months and realize how my view of life has changed for the positive and how it is changing me.  I would never have guessed to what depths I could connect with myself; through your compassionate, genuine and capable guidance I am truly more of the person that I have always wanted to be.  You have shown me that I do not have to stay locked into a thought process…a constant struggle to remain positive.  If I could, I would finance each and every person in the world in which, to experience your Hypnotherapy and Meditation CD’s.  I have found such a deep peace and a new outlook on life that in my past, I did not even allow myself to hope for.  There is not a thing that I would change about my experiences while in your care.  They are perfect to me and I pray that others will find you and learn that they too can find this sense of peace, joy and just letting go.”

With warmest regards,
Carroll L., Roseville

“Mariscela was the impetus to my new way of eating. I know you have to be in the right frame of mind for hypnosis to succeed, and I was certainly tired of being heavy, at 345 pounds. I walked out of my first session with her and have had no desire to touch sodas of any kind, leaded or unleaded. Her suggestions were great and given to me in a booklet form I could review. I appreciated her CD that reiterated our sessions. From Thanksgiving to the current time (mid-May) I’ve shrunk to 255 pounds, and it doesn’t seem to have been that hard. I am grateful to Mariscela for starting me on the way and being a positive reinforcement.”

Robert L. B., Colfax

“Ethical, trustworthy and the embodiment of peace, Mariscela Alvarez, through hypnosis, was the incredible guide to my subconscious mind. She led me on a journey to tap my own inner resources. Through hypnosis sessions, she gently assisted me to a healthier way of life; to become a thinner, more energetic vibrant self. I am an oncology nurse who fell into the trap that so many health care professionals find themselves…stressed, overworked, emotionally wrung out, eating too much, too fast and not taking time for themselves to fill up emotionally.  Mariscela gave me the personal tools to take charge of my life, learn how to relax, and make good eating choices. Hypnosis, led by Mariscela, is a safe effective path to learn to use your inner energy resources to better your life. I’ve lost 12 lbs in two months and will reach my weight goal in just one more month.  Mariscela is wonderful.”

Peace and Love
Carol W., Auburn, CA

“When I first found out about Mariscela and her work, I went to her website and was impressed enough to call her and inquire about her class in Chi Gung and Tai Chi.  My wife and I took the class and enjoyed her sessions very much, and I even decided to work with her in obtaining hypnotherapy.  That, too, was a wonderful experience!  She spent over 2 hours with me, giving me every opportunity to let her know why I was seeking treatment.  In that time, we created 10 affirmations, which she “set” with me under hypnosis.  Soon after, sherecorded a CD which utilized hypnotic suggestions and the affirmations.  It is wonderful!  I’ve been using the CD for a few weeks to help cope with my pain as I recover from a back injury, and it has brought me great relief and a much more positive attitude.  Thank you Mariscela!”

Love and Healing
Dave C., Grass Valley, CA

“I am proud to say that I’ve gone seven months without a cigarette.  You have helped me through what I thought was going to be a losing battle and I’ve come through with “flying colors”.  The sessions were easy and the results were great.  Thank you so much for helping me end a very bad habit.  I’ve told allot of people about you.”

Thank you again
Janet P., Auburn CA
“Mariscela provided an amazing experience for me that included compassion and insightfulness. I felt safe to sort through the complexities that inhibit weight loss.  She provided and assortment of tools that helped me to identify several ways to explore and enrich my life.  Mariscela is an amazing person and an inspiration in many ways.  Her kindness and warmth are lovely things to behold.”

With gratitude
Karen W., Colfax, CA

“I often tell people that I know everything about diet and exercise. I’ve gained and lost weight many times. Move more, eat less. Gee, thanks for that! I’ve tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers; I’ve been on the powder and bar diet. I’ve even tried hoodia, and it didn’t work, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I will happily eat tasty food, whether I’m hungry or not!

So when I met Mariscela, and listened to her talk about hypnosis as a weight management tool, I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea. I am happy to tell you that I found the entire process to be very pleasant, relaxing, and pain free. I engaged with Mariscela for a series of ten sessions. Each session had a different topic and lasted anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes. I can’t guarantee how anyone else will react, but I think it was pretty easy to get me into a state of hypnosis.

Mariscela also provided me with CDs that I have listened to over and over again since I stopped seeing her. I usually listen first thing in the morning after I wake up and before I get out of bed. Since my experience with Mariscela, I have completely quit drinking soda, I am drinking way more water, and I am much more eager to exercise daily. The biggest benefit that I have found is that I am much less troubled by hunger. I used to think that the reason that some people are naturally slim and some people are not is because slim people don’t get as hungry as heavy people. I am very happy to report that, of course, I get hungry, but not nearly as much as previously. I barely snack at all anymore, and when I do. I just eat a few little things and I can pass on the rest.

When I sit down for a meal, without thinking I eat much less. I usually end up leaving a good bit of food on my plate, especially if I’m eating out, you know, they always give you way too much food. I am actually unable to finish a big plate of food.

Like I said before, I always gained the weight back, because I will happily eat tasty food, whether I’m hungry or not. The fact that I can look at a snack on a plate or in a bowl, and even without thinking about it, I will be like, no I’ve had enough of that, I can pass on the rest, is just a major for me. It’s not willpower, because willpower is vastly overrated. Willpower is hard, there’s too much suffering.  Say you have a bowl of M&Ms on your desk. You may look at it a hundred times in a day and not have any. But sooner or later, you’re going to dip into the bowl of candy and eat it all, because the pain of resisting was too hard. What hypnosis has done for me is I will eat my three or 4 M&Ms and I have no desire at all for anymore. No pain, just happiness.

I am happy to report that I did lose 12 pounds, and that since my sessions with Mariscela have been over, I have not gained any of that weight back. I feel much better than I did before, especially since I am exercising so much more. If you are thinking about visiting Mariscela for weight loss hypnosis, I highly recommend that you sign up for the ten sessions.”

Sharon G., Auburn

“I found the work that I did with Mariscela to be gentle and profound. The horizon is broader and the colors in my world are brighter since she guided me and I have done the homework. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a balanced yet powerful way to connect with your real self and to get a handle on energy wasting self talk. She is very present and skilled in the work that she does.”

Michael S., Grass Valley

“I experienced post traumatic stress over many years. This manifested as depression, anxiety and anger. I was very low energy from battling these negative thought forms. Mariscela Alvarez gave me a powerful healing.  Immediately I felt that my whole attitude had changed and I had enough energy to begin to make some changes. She also gave me some great tools to use in eradicating negative mind patterns in order to let the positive life energy flow. I have worked with her CD Energy Retrieval and feel that I have been given my life back. She is awesome!”

Anonymous

“My three sessions with Mariscela Alvarez has given me great strength to move on in my life. Ms. Alvarez is a humble healer but the positive force of the healing are immediate and long lasting. The unique combination of Reiki and hypnotherapy gave clear presence as well as several handy tools for continuing the work at home. A session or many sessions with Mariscela will certainly bring clarity and light into your life. My highest recommendation.”

Cassandra W.J., Nevada City

“Mariscela has been a Godsend to me! I “discovered” her because a friend was talking about her husband losing 95 pounds. When asked how he did it, this friend told of the hypnotist, Mariscela. I had been trying unsuccessfully to lose any weight at all, even 5 pounds, for several months. Due to depression and the need for comfort food, I was unable to lose anything at all. I am not what a doctor would call obese; just slightly over the top end of a healthy weight. But my family has a long history of heart disease and diabetes. Both my parents died within the past 2 years due to complications of these diseases. In addition to dealing with their deaths and having been the primary caregiver, I am now ostracized by both my siblings. Mariscela has helped me not only with the useless eating pattern but also the gloominess of depression. I cannot recommend her enough!”

Bonnie, T., Nevada City

“I was a smoker for 36 years. I’ve tried every single technique available (patches, gum, acupuncture, retreats, cold turkey) and nothing ever lasted more than 3 days, at best 2 weeks. Then one day I start considering hypnosis. The idea grew stronger, and stronger in my mind, but I was a little concerned in whom to trust for this venture.  On my search for a professional, I found Mariscela. Her kindness and attention to my problem made me feel secure to try this approach. At our first meeting, I was totally transformed!  

With Mariscela’s technique I came to realize that my smoking habit was hiding a deep pain that I was unable to see before. Once all became clear in my mind, the habit didn’t make any more sense to me. It was easy and a unique experience to witness myself transforming and heading towards a more enjoyable life.  Mariscela suggested a vitamin regiment to knock down the cravings and support my body changes and detox. Excellent meditation techniques and little mental buster reminders to be used throughout the day whenever the cravings would arise.

It’s been a wonderful new life! Thanks Mariscela.

D.S. – Auburn, CA

 

Tai Chi & Chi Kung

“Taking Tai Chi classes from Mariscela is like spending time at an expensive spa (except the price is better).  Just being there is therapeutic.  There was never any pressure to perform better.  Even so, I did learn a great deal about the philosophy behind Tai Chi, and the need for precision.  I will be able to use the short form White Dragon as a moving meditation wherever I go.”

Barbara Y., Auburn, CA

“I so enjoyed the past several months learning Tai Chi—mostly for the calming affect and balance it brings to busy living.  Speaking of balance, I have a very long way to go to improve my literal balance and Tai Chi was the perfect beginning of that journey.  Your positive energy and enthusiasm was wonderful to experience at each class.”

Sharon W-H, Auburn, CA

“Mariscela Alvarez is a very adept teacher and extremely helpful to beginners.  She gave us each individual attention during class and breaks, as to how to use the perfect form and movements doing exercises and Tai Chi.  By taking several classes we learned that the slow movements improved our balance.  Her DVD of exercise and form has helped us to perfect our movements as we practice.  We are very grateful to Mariscela for introducing Tai Chi to us.”

Jim and Bernette F., Penryn, CA

“I find Tai Chi/Chi Kung a very rewarding method of exercise that affects me on many levels in a positive manner.  I was surprised to find that these quiet, calm, meditative movements stimulate parts of my body I didn’t realize I had.  I like to think it is doing the same for me mentally and spiritually, too!!!”

Norma M., Smartville, CA

“I am happy to say that, while going in with sore muscles in left knee area, after six weekly sessions in your class, Mariscela, I have not had any recurrence.  The number of different approaches I had tried did not help. I am looking forward to another such experience with a focus on left arm.  I have since enjoyed the group experience in other settings too.”

Dr. Jeanene O, Auburn, CA

“Mariscela is patient, knowledgeable and attuned to her class.  She instructs her pupils in the movements with an eye on their abilities, gently leading them through the form in a precise, sensitive manner. As a result, my sense of focus, flexibility and balance have greatly improved.  Mariscela is close to a perfect teacher.  Her classes Tai Chi and Chi Kung are delightful, the most enjoyable forms of exercise that I have ever experienced.”

 

Marcelle C, Grass Valley, CA

“Practicing Tai Chi with Mariscela was an oasis of calm in my sometimes stressful life. Mariscela made it easy to learn Tai Chi for beginners through repetition and patience. I love Tai Chi’s relaxed postures and graceful movements. It has made relaxing much more easy. During the time I studied Tai Chi with Mariscela, my high blood pressure even went down! Mariscela has a passion for healing and sharing her love of Tai Chi and she creates a warm and friendly atmosphere with her uplifting and motivating spirit.” 

Laurel Ann Mathe
Co-owner, Mystic Design, Inc.


“My wife and I started taking lessons from Mariscela nearly a year ago.  We wanted to exercise together and have found this to be an excellent program with many benefits, including better balance, strength, and concentration.  Additionally, the group we are in has evolved into a dedicated bunch of folks who help keep things light, which adds greatly to the stress reducing effects of the program.  Mariscela is a gifted and gentle guide”.  

Marji, F. & Joe H., Meadow Vista
“After almost a year of my Tai Chi encounter, the following expresses the experience:  Mind clearing, Stress releasing, Re-energizing, Inner strengthening, and new friendships”

Thank you, Mariscela

Terry Ch., Penryn, CA


For several years I have been interested in learning Tai Chi.  Watching students in the park practicing fascinated me.  Its graceful movements and serenity were appealing.  So my wife and I decided to give a try.  We heard about Mariscela so we signed up for a class.  Its been a year now and we continue to learn the beauties of Tai Chi.  The movements have not only improved my balance but also given a sense of peace that I carry with me each day. And the icing on the cake is having Mariscela as a teacher.  Not only has she mastered the art of Tai Chi, but she is one of the nicest people I have had the privilege to know.  She is extremely patient and is willing to work with you on an individual basis as you slowly learn.  Will I continue with Mariscela, absolutely yes.  I look forward to a continued teacher- student relationship.
Daryl & Rachelle W., Meadow Vista, CA

 

Retreats

“I love your calm energy.  I feel that you are a very wise being, very powerful as a teacher.  You are good at what you do.  I enjoyed my state at the retreat very much; it felt safe and peaceful being out in nature with the comfort of home.”

Maha K., Roseville

“Mariscela is gifted in her work, gentle, loving spirit, knowledgeable. Great experience!”

Linda S., Auburn

“I love the way you communicate, both physically and verbally, as wells as your energy.  You explained everything really well.  I was very comfortable and felt very safe.  The center is so beautiful… I am grateful to have spent time at Mountain Spirit.”

Agnes S., Sacramento

“Mariscela is a beautiful, wonderful spirit with great teaching essences.  I felt very safe and comfortable.  The cabin has very good energy.  I really enjoyed the group discussion. Everything was perfect.  I had a very memorable and loving time.”

Laura D., Cool

“Mariscela is a very genuine person, honest, loyal and a beautiful lady.  I was very comfortable.  The girls were very honest; they displayed a willingness to hear others.  I want to thank everyone for being themselves.”

Margaret E., Foresthill

Hypnotherapy, Reiki, & CDs

“For years, I was struggling in my life and in High School to the point that many people thought I was crazy or ‘it was all in my head.’ My mind was so powerful that I could not control the voices I was hearing. Suddenly, my legs were paralyzed to the point I couldn’t even walk.  I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and placed into a mental institution for a week. That means either I was on the border of having schizophrenia or I was by polar. I just loved hearing that. No one understood that the voices were getting worse and that they were interfering with my life.  I felt so alone.

My mom encouraged me to pick out a hypnotist and that’s when I saw Mariscela’s ad in the Insight Directory.  She looked very sweet and compassionate and I knew she just wasn’t going to do it for the money. I felt that she actually cared for me and wanted to help me the best she could. When my mom and I met her and she made me feel very comfortable and NOT crazy. She explained to me what my condition was and how she was going to help me. She said that she believed me, but I was the one who could stop this, and she would support me and help me the best she could. My first session was very powerful and scary, but successful.

Everything was going great, when unexpectedly my dad passed away and I thought that was the last straw to my very existence. Mariscela also worked with me on that trauma and now I am doing a lot better. I no longer have those feelings of not wanting to belong in this world because now I am not alone and I know that I control my destiny.

I have graduated from High School and am moving on with my life. Mariscela guided me to change my whole life in about 6 sessions that the therapists or doctors I was seeing for years could never do. I am so relieved that there is a person out there who was willing to help me and NOT put me on medication. A part of me is still surprised this actually occurred and I beat it.  Now I am just living my life the way I want to live it.”

Thank you,
Jade P., Grass Valley

“I am an educator who needed closure in some parts of my life. Mariscela Alvarez provided me with understanding, compassion and professionalism. The tools she used in her practice inspired and self empowered me. I was able to bring my body, mind, and spirit back into harmony with her guidance. Mariscela has given me the inner peace that forms a strong spiritual core. She is a great healer.”

Love and Gratitude
Laura D., Cool

“When I look back over the past 2 months and realize how my view of life has changed for the positive and how it is changing me.  I would never have guessed to what depths I could connect with myself; through your compassionate, genuine and capable guidance I am truly more of the person that I have always wanted to be.  You have shown me that I do not have to stay locked into a thought process…a constant struggle to remain positive.  If I could, I would finance each and every person in the world in which, to experience your Hypnotherapy and Meditation CD’s.  I have found such a deep peace and a new outlook on life that in my past, I did not even allow myself to hope for.  There is not a thing that I would change about my experiences while in your care.  They are perfect to me and I pray that others will find you and learn that they too can find this sense of peace, joy and just letting go.”

With warmest regards,
Carroll L., Roseville

“Mariscela was the impetus to my new way of eating. I know you have to be in the right frame of mind for hypnosis to succeed, and I was certainly tired of being heavy, at 345 pounds. I walked out of my first session with her and have had no desire to touch sodas of any kind, leaded or unleaded. Her suggestions were great and given to me in a booklet form I could review. I appreciated her CD that reiterated our sessions. From Thanksgiving to the current time (mid-May) I’ve shrunk to 255 pounds, and it doesn’t seem to have been that hard. I am grateful to Mariscela for starting me on the way and being a positive reinforcement.”

Robert L. B., Colfax

“Ethical, trustworthy and the embodiment of peace, Mariscela Alvarez, through hypnosis, was the incredible guide to my subconscious mind. She led me on a journey to tap my own inner resources. Through hypnosis sessions, she gently assisted me to a healthier way of life; to become a thinner, more energetic vibrant self. I am an oncology nurse who fell into the trap that so many health care professionals find themselves…stressed, overworked, emotionally wrung out, eating too much, too fast and not taking time for themselves to fill up emotionally.  Mariscela gave me the personal tools to take charge of my life, learn how to relax, and make good eating choices. Hypnosis, led by Mariscela, is a safe effective path to learn to use your inner energy resources to better your life. I’ve lost 12 lbs in two months and will reach my weight goal in just one more month.  Mariscela is wonderful.”

Peace and Love
Carol W., Auburn, CA

“When I first found out about Mariscela and her work, I went to her website and was impressed enough to call her and inquire about her class in Chi Gung and Tai Chi.  My wife and I took the class and enjoyed her sessions very much, and I even decided to work with her in obtaining hypnotherapy.  That, too, was a wonderful experience!  She spent over 2 hours with me, giving me every opportunity to let her know why I was seeking treatment.  In that time, we created 10 affirmations, which she “set” with me under hypnosis.  Soon after, sherecorded a CD which utilized hypnotic suggestions and the affirmations.  It is wonderful!  I’ve been using the CD for a few weeks to help cope with my pain as I recover from a back injury, and it has brought me great relief and a much more positive attitude.  Thank you Mariscela!”

Love and Healing
Dave C., Grass Valley, CA

“I am proud to say that I’ve gone seven months without a cigarette.  You have helped me through what I thought was going to be a losing battle and I’ve come through with “flying colors”.  The sessions were easy and the results were great.  Thank you so much for helping me end a very bad habit.  I’ve told allot of people about you.”

Thank you again
Janet P., Auburn CA
“Mariscela provided an amazing experience for me that included compassion and insightfulness. I felt safe to sort through the complexities that inhibit weight loss.  She provided and assortment of tools that helped me to identify several ways to explore and enrich my life.  Mariscela is an amazing person and an inspiration in many ways.  Her kindness and warmth are lovely things to behold.”

With gratitude
Karen W., Colfax, CA

“I often tell people that I know everything about diet and exercise. I’ve gained and lost weight many times. Move more, eat less. Gee, thanks for that! I’ve tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers; I’ve been on the powder and bar diet. I’ve even tried hoodia, and it didn’t work, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I will happily eat tasty food, whether I’m hungry or not!

So when I met Mariscela, and listened to her talk about hypnosis as a weight management tool, I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea. I am happy to tell you that I found the entire process to be very pleasant, relaxing, and pain free. I engaged with Mariscela for a series of ten sessions. Each session had a different topic and lasted anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes. I can’t guarantee how anyone else will react, but I think it was pretty easy to get me into a state of hypnosis.

Mariscela also provided me with CDs that I have listened to over and over again since I stopped seeing her. I usually listen first thing in the morning after I wake up and before I get out of bed. Since my experience with Mariscela, I have completely quit drinking soda, I am drinking way more water, and I am much more eager to exercise daily. The biggest benefit that I have found is that I am much less troubled by hunger. I used to think that the reason that some people are naturally slim and some people are not is because slim people don’t get as hungry as heavy people. I am very happy to report that, of course, I get hungry, but not nearly as much as previously. I barely snack at all anymore, and when I do. I just eat a few little things and I can pass on the rest.

When I sit down for a meal, without thinking I eat much less. I usually end up leaving a good bit of food on my plate, especially if I’m eating out, you know, they always give you way too much food. I am actually unable to finish a big plate of food.

Like I said before, I always gained the weight back, because I will happily eat tasty food, whether I’m hungry or not. The fact that I can look at a snack on a plate or in a bowl, and even without thinking about it, I will be like, no I’ve had enough of that, I can pass on the rest, is just a major for me. It’s not willpower, because willpower is vastly overrated. Willpower is hard, there’s too much suffering.  Say you have a bowl of M&Ms on your desk. You may look at it a hundred times in a day and not have any. But sooner or later, you’re going to dip into the bowl of candy and eat it all, because the pain of resisting was too hard. What hypnosis has done for me is I will eat my three or 4 M&Ms and I have no desire at all for anymore. No pain, just happiness.

I am happy to report that I did lose 12 pounds, and that since my sessions with Mariscela have been over, I have not gained any of that weight back. I feel much better than I did before, especially since I am exercising so much more. If you are thinking about visiting Mariscela for weight loss hypnosis, I highly recommend that you sign up for the ten sessions.”

Sharon G., Auburn

“I found the work that I did with Mariscela to be gentle and profound. The horizon is broader and the colors in my world are brighter since she guided me and I have done the homework. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a balanced yet powerful way to connect with your real self and to get a handle on energy wasting self talk. She is very present and skilled in the work that she does.”

Michael S., Grass Valley

“I experienced post traumatic stress over many years. This manifested as depression, anxiety and anger. I was very low energy from battling these negative thought forms. Mariscela Alvarez gave me a powerful healing.  Immediately I felt that my whole attitude had changed and I had enough energy to begin to make some changes. She also gave me some great tools to use in eradicating negative mind patterns in order to let the positive life energy flow. I have worked with her CD Energy Retrieval and feel that I have been given my life back. She is awesome!”

Anonymous

“My three sessions with Mariscela Alvarez has given me great strength to move on in my life. Ms. Alvarez is a humble healer but the positive force of the healing are immediate and long lasting. The unique combination of Reiki and hypnotherapy gave clear presence as well as several handy tools for continuing the work at home. A session or many sessions with Mariscela will certainly bring clarity and light into your life. My highest recommendation.”

Cassandra W.J., Nevada City

“Mariscela has been a Godsend to me! I “discovered” her because a friend was talking about her husband losing 95 pounds. When asked how he did it, this friend told of the hypnotist, Mariscela. I had been trying unsuccessfully to lose any weight at all, even 5 pounds, for several months. Due to depression and the need for comfort food, I was unable to lose anything at all. I am not what a doctor would call obese; just slightly over the top end of a healthy weight. But my family has a long history of heart disease and diabetes. Both my parents died within the past 2 years due to complications of these diseases. In addition to dealing with their deaths and having been the primary caregiver, I am now ostracized by both my siblings. Mariscela has helped me not only with the useless eating pattern but also the gloominess of depression. I cannot recommend her enough!”

Bonnie, T., Nevada City

“I was a smoker for 36 years. I’ve tried every single technique available (patches, gum, acupuncture, retreats, cold turkey) and nothing ever lasted more than 3 days, at best 2 weeks. Then one day I start considering hypnosis. The idea grew stronger, and stronger in my mind, but I was a little concerned in whom to trust for this venture.  On my search for a professional, I found Mariscela. Her kindness and attention to my problem made me feel secure to try this approach. At our first meeting, I was totally transformed!  

With Mariscela’s technique I came to realize that my smoking habit was hiding a deep pain that I was unable to see before. Once all became clear in my mind, the habit didn’t make any more sense to me. It was easy and a unique experience to witness myself transforming and heading towards a more enjoyable life.  Mariscela suggested a vitamin regiment to knock down the cravings and support my body changes and detox. Excellent meditation techniques and little mental buster reminders to be used throughout the day whenever the cravings would arise.

It’s been a wonderful new life! Thanks Mariscela.

D.S. – Auburn, CA

 

Tai Chi & Chi Kung

“Taking Tai Chi classes from Mariscela is like spending time at an expensive spa (except the price is better).  Just being there is therapeutic.  There was never any pressure to perform better.  Even so, I did learn a great deal about the philosophy behind Tai Chi, and the need for precision.  I will be able to use the short form White Dragon as a moving meditation wherever I go.”

Barbara Y., Auburn, CA

“I so enjoyed the past several months learning Tai Chi—mostly for the calming affect and balance it brings to busy living.  Speaking of balance, I have a very long way to go to improve my literal balance and Tai Chi was the perfect beginning of that journey.  Your positive energy and enthusiasm was wonderful to experience at each class.”

Sharon W-H, Auburn, CA

“Mariscela Alvarez is a very adept teacher and extremely helpful to beginners.  She gave us each individual attention during class and breaks, as to how to use the perfect form and movements doing exercises and Tai Chi.  By taking several classes we learned that the slow movements improved our balance.  Her DVD of exercise and form has helped us to perfect our movements as we practice.  We are very grateful to Mariscela for introducing Tai Chi to us.”

Jim and Bernette F., Penryn, CA

“I find Tai Chi/Chi Kung a very rewarding method of exercise that affects me on many levels in a positive manner.  I was surprised to find that these quiet, calm, meditative movements stimulate parts of my body I didn’t realize I had.  I like to think it is doing the same for me mentally and spiritually, too!!!”

Norma M., Smartville, CA

“I am happy to say that, while going in with sore muscles in left knee area, after six weekly sessions in your class, Mariscela, I have not had any recurrence.  The number of different approaches I had tried did not help. I am looking forward to another such experience with a focus on left arm.  I have since enjoyed the group experience in other settings too.”

Dr. Jeanene O, Auburn, CA

“Mariscela is patient, knowledgeable and attuned to her class.  She instructs her pupils in the movements with an eye on their abilities, gently leading them through the form in a precise, sensitive manner. As a result, my sense of focus, flexibility and balance have greatly improved.  Mariscela is close to a perfect teacher.  Her classes Tai Chi and Chi Kung are delightful, the most enjoyable forms of exercise that I have ever experienced.”

 

Marcelle C, Grass Valley, CA

“Practicing Tai Chi with Mariscela was an oasis of calm in my sometimes stressful life. Mariscela made it easy to learn Tai Chi for beginners through repetition and patience. I love Tai Chi’s relaxed postures and graceful movements. It has made relaxing much more easy. During the time I studied Tai Chi with Mariscela, my high blood pressure even went down! Mariscela has a passion for healing and sharing her love of Tai Chi and she creates a warm and friendly atmosphere with her uplifting and motivating spirit.” 

Laurel Ann Mathe
Co-owner, Mystic Design, Inc.


“My wife and I started taking lessons from Mariscela nearly a year ago.  We wanted to exercise together and have found this to be an excellent program with many benefits, including better balance, strength, and concentration.  Additionally, the group we are in has evolved into a dedicated bunch of folks who help keep things light, which adds greatly to the stress reducing effects of the program.  Mariscela is a gifted and gentle guide”.  

Marji, F. & Joe H., Meadow Vista
“After almost a year of my Tai Chi encounter, the following expresses the experience:  Mind clearing, Stress releasing, Re-energizing, Inner strengthening, and new friendships”

Thank you, Mariscela

Terry Ch., Penryn, CA


For several years I have been interested in learning Tai Chi.  Watching students in the park practicing fascinated me.  Its graceful movements and serenity were appealing.  So my wife and I decided to give a try.  We heard about Mariscela so we signed up for a class.  Its been a year now and we continue to learn the beauties of Tai Chi.  The movements have not only improved my balance but also given a sense of peace that I carry with me each day. And the icing on the cake is having Mariscela as a teacher.  Not only has she mastered the art of Tai Chi, but she is one of the nicest people I have had the privilege to know.  She is extremely patient and is willing to work with you on an individual basis as you slowly learn.  Will I continue with Mariscela, absolutely yes.  I look forward to a continued teacher- student relationship.
Daryl & Rachelle W., Meadow Vista, CA

 

Retreats

“I love your calm energy.  I feel that you are a very wise being, very powerful as a teacher.  You are good at what you do.  I enjoyed my state at the retreat very much; it felt safe and peaceful being out in nature with the comfort of home.”

Maha K., Roseville

“Mariscela is gifted in her work, gentle, loving spirit, knowledgeable. Great experience!”

Linda S., Auburn

“I love the way you communicate, both physically and verbally, as wells as your energy.  You explained everything really well.  I was very comfortable and felt very safe.  The center is so beautiful… I am grateful to have spent time at Mountain Spirit.”

Agnes S., Sacramento

“Mariscela is a beautiful, wonderful spirit with great teaching essences.  I felt very safe and comfortable.  The cabin has very good energy.  I really enjoyed the group discussion. Everything was perfect.  I had a very memorable and loving time.”

Laura D., Cool

“Mariscela is a very genuine person, honest, loyal and a beautiful lady.  I was very comfortable.  The girls were very honest; they displayed a willingness to hear others.  I want to thank everyone for being themselves.”

Margaret E., Foresthill