How can hypnotherapy help me quit smoking?

Hypnotherapy sessions to help you give up smoking are a little different than 50 minute sessions to help you lose weight or eliminate stress. Firstly, it is one 2 hour session, so you will only need one visit. Secondly, the information used to help you quit is provided solely by you.

The session begins with a conversation about your smoking, which allows both the client and the hypnotherapist to understand your history and attachment to smoking. This makes it a very personal service, tailored precisely to you and your needs, giving it a much higher success rate.

After this information has been discussed you, the client, will be inducted into hypnosis. This is not as scary or sci-fi as the media makes it look, it merely means getting your mind and body to relax and be more open to suggestion. You remain in complete control the entire time. Using the information gained earlier, these personal reasons for quitting smoking are relayed back to you when you are in the right frame of mind for them to have a meaningful impact. This is incredibly powerful, and it works if you are 100% committed to giving up smoking.

After the session of hypnosis you are gently reconnected to the outside world and are able to ask any questions or discuss any feelings or thoughts that may have appeared.

Find out if this service will work for you.

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What does Hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is a conscious state of relaxation, this means that you are aware of yourself and your surroundings at all times. Have you ever been lost in a daydream where someone has had to wave their hand or click their fingers in front of you to gain your attention? That is hypnosis. A more familiar example is ‘Highway Hypnosis’. This is when you are driving and your mind wanders, thinking thoughts of dinner or something funny someone said at the office that day, and you find yourself pulling into your driveway and not remembering your journey home.

You can be guided into the state of hypnosis and use it to your advantage. To begin, you will be asked to focus your attention on one thing, depending on your personality and level of comfort. This could be your breathing or a specific mark on the opposite wall. Your attention will be set on this one thing, and you find that external noises seem to fade away. If you are staring at something for a while it may come in and out of focus and you find your attention moves between your heavy eyelids and the mark on the wall. The hypnotherapist will then suggest you focus on various muscles and let them relax. This was incredible the first time I was hypnotised. I was very sceptical and tense about the situation and didn’t realise that I stored that tension in my shoulders until someone suggested that I relax them. They must have dropped about a foot and I immediately felt more relaxed and comfortable.

The therapist will then suggest you relax each of your muscles in turn, allowing your mind to focus on one part of your body at a time until you have released all tension from each part of your body. This will leave you feeling quiet, calm and relaxed and yet still completely aware of your body and your surroundings.After a few moments of this, the therapist will suggest you bring your attention back to your breathing and move a part of your body, which reconnects you with the outside world.

This is how you can be consciously guided into the relaxing state of hypnosis. This ten-minute guide will leave you feeling relaxed and calm. A longer session would include a deepener to access your subconscious and help you address areas in your life that you are not happy with. I will discuss this in next weeks’ post ‘How the subconscious is involved’.