A shaman, a yoga instructor and a hypnotherapist walk into The Upper House’s 49th-floor Sky Lounge. Instead of a punchline, the result is pure magic. In the March edition of Tatler’s House Stories, lifestyle editor Coco Marett hosted a panel talk with hypnotherapist Sonia Samtani, founder of All About You, who is transforming the lives of her clients through a deep dive into their subconscious; Natalie Söderström, a yoga and meditation instructor championing a kinder inner dialogue; and Sabrina Villard, a luxury brand project manager by day and modern-day shaman by night, whose work extols the virtues of alternative healing practices such as acupuncture.
Each wellness advocate took a packed audience of health enthusiasts on a journey, providing insights into the rise of interest in spiritual practices as a result of growing mental health concerns stemming from Covid-19, and offering their thoughts on what a balanced life means and the common misconceptions they each face in their particular forms of therapy.
“A lot of people are scared to come to a shaman,” said Villard. “It’s the fear of the unknown. They wonder if I’ll do voodoo tricks and dance around them. Trust me, I don’t do anything witchy,” she said, to laughter.
“I can relate,” said Samtani. “As a hypnotherapist, I’ve had clients tell me to not look directly into their eyes, thinking I’ll make them dance like a monkey. It’s nothing like that. Hypnotherapy is a lot like meditation.”
With many of the three practitioners’ clients struggling with increased anxiety, fear and loss of control—whether financial, professional or personal—the pandemic has led to an increased demand for their services.