|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Depressed? Soft S&M treatment soothes scarred souls 2003,8,26
Asahi Geino 9/4
Depression can be a real downer.
But Tokyo dominatrix Ai Aoyama claims her S&M Hypnosis Therapy is exactly what's those with the blues need to be whipped into shape, according to Asahi Geino (9/4).
Aoyama's Association for Creating a Healed Heart and Body is located in a quiet nook on the outskirts of an entertainment district of Tokyo's Shinjuku-ku.
Aoyama, who has recently published a book "Utsu ni Makenaide (Don't Lose to Depression)," has set up a counseling room within the association's office.
She has looked after many clients who have visited her, treating them with the S&M Hypnosis Therapy she developed.
"Having been a dominatrix at an S&M club inspired me to become a mental health counselor. I've had times when I've seen thoughts or worries that some of my customers were holding turn into an aura above their heads," Aoyama tells Asahi Geino.
"The S&M treatment I provide is not the painful type, it's more an S&M that allows for the heart to become liberated. It doesn't hurt, so please feel at ease."
Aoyama's counseling room is located on the third floor of her establishment.
Its curtains remain permanently drawn with only a soft light preventing it from being draped in darkness.
Various aromatic fragrances waft through the room and lilting New Age music is piped through the speakers of a an unseen player.
The weekly's reporter claims that being in the room feels somewhat mysterious.
"Treatments I give depend on the worries the patient is going though. S&M Hypnosis Therapy works best on those who have experienced some sort of trauma," Aoyama tells Asahi Geino.
"I hypnotize customers and draw them back into the past so they can experience what it was that was so traumatic. We then change the experience so that it becomes a positive one."
August 26, 2003