‘Running For Her Life’: Lifetime Movie Plot Built Around The Deliberate Misuse of Hypnotherapy In Peak-Performance Training

Running For Her Life is the next stirring new movie to look out for this weekend on Lifetime TV. The channel for women has been bringing you the best in emotional thrillers this season. On Sunday, Lifetime heats up again with Running For Her Life, formerly titled Run To Me, which follows an amateur triathlete as she works with a controversial peak-performance doctor who prepares her for an upcoming track competition. The movie is directed by Philippe Gagnon and written by Doug Barber and James Phillips. It stars Claire Forlani as Alison Wynn, Michelle Nolden as Dr. Laura Stevens, and Amanda Tilson as Kayla Wynn, according to the list at the Internet Movie Database.

Running For Her Life–Movie Synopsis

Alison Wynn, an amateur triathlete, needs a personal trainer, and Dr. Laura Stevens is the best in the field. Although getting the doctor on board was not easy, eventually, Dr. Laura Stevens agrees to help Alison become a top athlete. But, Alison has no idea what’s in store for her. What she doesn’t know is Dr. Stevens is a dark and controversial figure, who uses an experimental type of hypnotherapy coupled with strenuous peak-performance training to push the client to the brink of insanity.

This is more than just a run-of-the-mill training session; it’s an opportunity for Alison to deal with her childhood trauma. With Dr. Stevens help, she’ll finally confront her demons and push herself to the limit by using her past hardships and hurts, stemming from her mentally unstable mother, as fuel. The goal is for her extensive discipline and training to allow her to have a breakthrough so that she can live the life she deserves.


Alison is pulled deeper into Dr. Steven’s world of hypnosis, and her family is on the edge of disaster as it becomes apparent that Dr. Stevens is playing with her emotions and manipulating her thoughts to see her break emotionally and physically. However, Alison refuses to listen to her husband, who has warned her that Dr. Stevens is dangerous, and tells her he won’t allow Alison back into his daughter’s life if she continues using the doctor’s services. Now, Alison is in for the fight of her life as her unhealthy motivation threatens to destroy her sanity, her family, and perhaps, her life.

In real life, running endurance hypnosis or hypnotherapy for runners and athletes is big business. The belief is that your mental condition can greatly influence your physical condition, and hypnosis helps people to sharpen their minds, which will lead to success and achievement, not only in competitions but in all aspects of life, according to information found at Lazy Runner.

“People think hypnosis is used to dredge up feelings from the past, or to cure people of things like smoking, overeating, claustrophobia, agoraphobia or any other extreme fears they may suffer from. However, hypnosis can be used to improve many areas of life, and sport is no exception. Many athletes are now looking for something more than just hours and hours of physical training to get to the top of their sport, they find that if they spend some time training their brain, they improve their performance as well.”

Dr. Joseph Murphy goes further by stating the following, as found in Dr. Murphy’s book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.

“You have a mind, and you should learn how to use it. There are two levels of your mind—the conscious or rational level, and the subconscious or irrational level. You think with your conscious mind, and whatever you habitually think sinks down into your subconscious mind, which creates according to the nature of your thoughts. Your subconscious mind is the seat of your emotions and is the creative mind. If you think good, good will follow; if you think evil, evil will follow. This is the way your mind works.”

Running For Her Life (Run To Me) is produced and distributed by Incendo Productions and Incendo Media. It was filmed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the executive producer is Jean Bureau.

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