Rachel Davies studied Hypnotherapy at the Ashland School, which specializes in a mindfulness-based, holistic approach.
She enjoys speaking peacefully, and to this end has studied and practiced non-violent communication for several years. She lived at the extraordinary Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, studying gestalt, reiki, shiatsu, meditation, dance, creative practice, all the while living in community and making much loved, extravagant desserts for everyone on Saturday nights. Prior to this she spent a couple of decades working as a writer and film maker in New Zealand. She has done a lot of her own personal work, particularly years of hitting cushions with a stick while doing bioenergetic psychotherapy, which she loves and credits (alongside hypnotherapy) for much of her healing. She is often told that she looks young for her 47 years.
Most recently she has been working in addictions treatment and rehab, doing trauma work with fellow addicts. She has been in recovery herself for 8 years.
Hypnosis intrigued her early on and, as a child, she learned to hypnotize herself from books. Once she awoke, slumped in the back seat of a stationary bus parked at the depot, dribbling, staring at an instruction manual for self hypnosis. She has been more careful since then.
She feels privileged to have lived on Maui for five years now. She brings a wealth of creative and embodied experience to her work as a hypnotherapist, along with a gentle, warm energy and playful sense of humor.