Can You Be Hypnotized to Quit Smoking?

In earlier posts, we’ve been discussing how hypnosis works and how it can be applied in areas such as procrastination, weight loss, and new year’s resolutions.

In this article, I’d like to talk specifically about how I help people quit smoking with hypnosis.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is not a magic pill, but it can be a powerful tool for self-improvement and positive change.

We’ve explored how hypnosis works by rephrasing your internal dialogue, creating a positive mindset that can help you achieve your goals. Another way to understand the process, is that hypnosis taps into the power of your subconscious mind, planting positive and empowering messages, which in-turn instill self-confidence. Ultimately, this can help you control your conscious thoughts and choices.

I’ve had clients tell me that hypnosis helped them “rewire” their brain and process things differently. For example, situations that used to be processed negatively and caused stress, could now be handled in a positive way with hypnosis.

Hypnosis works by:

  • Tapping into the power of your subconscious mind
  • Rephrasing your internal dialogue
  • Rewiring the brain
  • Inspiring change from the inside out

In this way, hypnosis can help people overcome all kinds of problems, from obesity to chain-smoking, in a way that is safe, natural, pain-free, and relaxing.

An Example of Quitting Smoking With Hypnosis

One of our clients at the Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre, is an elderly woman who had been smoking since the age of 12. She was finally able to kick the habit with hypnosis, but after quitting, she still had cravings. Every smoker knows what that’s like, and how impossible it can be to say no to them—no matter how resolved you are to quit.

Here is what hypnosis did for her:  For the first time in her life, it made the cravings manageable. They didn’t disappear, but hypnosis gave her to power she needed to control them. What an incredible difference it made in her life!

Of course, hypnosis impacts everyone differently. Other clients who have come to see me to stop smoking have said that their cravings disappeared after their first hypnosis session.

Read more inspiring Greater Toronto Hypnosis testimonials here or check out some of the videos on our stop smoking page to learn more.

If you have questions or would like to book a free screening to see if hypnosis is right for you, you can call us at (647) 210-8842 or send an email.

Discover the Best Way to Quit Smoking This Year

Smoking can be one of the most difficult habits to quit. We all know people who have gone through a “quitting cycle” (you stop, and then start, and then stop again, etc.). In fact, maybe you have experienced this yourself: First, you announce to your friends and family that you have quit smoking. You don’t touch cigarettes for a couple of days, maybe even weeks, and then you start again. Sadly, you weren’t prepared to deal with the cravings, and triggers that cause you to smoke in the first place.

Reasons for smoking are different for everyone and can range from things like an unbeatable urge to smoke after a stressful day at work, or a social environment that triggered the desire to light up again, and so on. But regardless of which, the next thing you know, you’re holding a cigarette in your hand and telling yourself that just one is fine. Then, before you know it, you’re back to your regular smoking habit. The worst part is that every time you fail to quit, success at stopping smoking seems to slip farther and farther out of reach.

Now that a new year has begun, it brings new hope! Perhaps quitting smoking has been one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2019, and this can be the year that you stop cigarette smoking forever. Let hypnosis be your pain-free, and drug-free way to quit!

Why and How to Quit Smoking

There are many ways to quit smoking: using e-cigarettes, nicotine replacement therapy, or simply going cold turkey are just a few examples. However, whether or not you can achieve success with these methods is a different story.

When you are trying to quit smoking, it helps to know “why” you’re doing it. Properly understanding the adverse effects of smoking, as well as the immediate and long-term benefits of quitting, can help motivate you. It’s also important to understand that the sooner you quit, the faster your body will benefit. In fact, the benefits of quitting will begin in as little as one hour after your last cigarette, and you will immediately be on the path to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.

Don’t tell yourself you’ll stop next month or next year, when you can discover how to quit smoking now.

The Best Way to Quit Smoking Today

Maybe you have tried nicotine patches or other forms of medication to quit smoking and it hasn’t worked out for you. Though smoking is very much a physical addiction, we must ultimately find the strength to overcome it in our minds.

This is why I would like you to invite you to try something new.

You can quit smoking through hypnosis, a method which has many other benefits. Hypnosis can help solidify positive thinking and effective thought patterns. When it comes to smoking, a hypnotist can reinforce some key ideas by speaking to your subconscious. Then, you can learn self-hypnosis to keep yourself on the path to success.

Could hypnosis be the best way to quit smoking? You can find out for yourself, today. Call (647) 210-8842 for a free screening and we will let you know if and how hypnosis can help you stop smoking for good!

Our 5th Anniversary: A Reflection

This Month We Celebrate Our 5th Business Anniversary!

I’ve always enjoyed inspiring and empowering others to make changes, and becoming a hypnotist has allowed me to help people even more.

Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, improve your confidence, or get over performance anxiety, it all starts with a desire to help yourself. Once you realize that it starts with YOU, and you make the decision that you want to start the change, your chances for success increase dramatically—no matter which modality of help you utilize.

Over these first 5 years, I’ve had some very interesting clients (with issues beyond the more common ones named above):

  1. A woman came to see me last year that had a frustrating habit of picking her skin. In just a few short weeks, she found a new way to deal with her stress and was able to eliminate her habit.
  2. There was a man who was an avid sailor for most of his life, and suddenly without any apparent reason, became fearful to get on his boat. When he was aboard, the stress and anxiety cut short every journey. By using hypnosis, he found new ways to deal with his fear, and once again found himself enjoying his passion and loving being out on the water again.
  3. I recently finished helping a man in his late 20’s who suffered from erectile dysfunction. He found that this performance anxiety had also caused so many problems in other areas of his life. Hypnosis helped him to regain his self-confidence to the point that he rekindled love with his partner, got engaged, and also has now begun the journey of finding a new job!
  4. The last story I wanted to share is about a pre-teen who is a gifted competitive hockey player, who started losing his edge after a coach dealt harshly with him. As his parent told me, “He can skate like the wind, and outplay and out-maneuver most on the ice, but he’s now lost his confidence.” Within a very short time with hypnosis, he was able to get back to his former-self while in the game. In addition, his parent commented on his increased focus on responsibilities at home, and also how his grades started to improve!

The common thread with these examples is that the clients all wanted to get help for themselves, and took the steps to do the same. Fantastic!

Our Clients Are #1

Even though I have just a few instances, of course, ALL of my clients are valuable and special to me. May 28th will be my 5th year anniversary, and my business is growing more each year. I’m happy to say that I actually learn more about life and hypnosis from each client that comes to work on their issues. The experience with each gives me even more tools to add to my resources that I can in turn use to help the next person.

From the very first person who came to me for help, to my most recent clients, I am grateful for their business and proud of all of them for taking the steps and having the courage and persistence to seek help for their issues.

I offer a free hypnosis screening to every client to assess whether hypnosis is going to work for them, and also if they are ready for hypnosis.

In addition, we have an incredible Anniversary Sale on right now! You can get $100.00 off any hypnosis program you sign up for. Just be sure to mention the code:  “HAPPY5TH” when booking to take advantage of the offer.

Hypnosis can help you take control of your own life and help you achieve your goals! Call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see if hypnosis is right for you:  (647) 210-8842.

Here’s to many more anniversaries!

Can I Be Hypnotized?

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t. You’re right.”  – Henry Ford

Hypnosis 101

Hypnosis is real. However it is not what you’ve seen on TV and in the movies. There is no “mind control” or anything absurd like that. As a hypnotist, I cannot make you quack like a duck, reveal secrets, give me your money, or do anything against your will. While you are hypnotized, you have a higher level of concentration and focus on your inner thoughts. You will only do and say what you want to do and say.

I perform a free screening and consultation with every client, just to see if hypnosis is will work for them and if they can be hypnotized. Many clients who come to see me, are not sure whether or not they will be hypnotized and if they can accomplish their goal. I explain to them that hypnosis can be a very effective tool whether their goal is to:

  • lose weight
  • quit smoking
  • break a habit
  • build confidence
  • reduce their stress
  • get over a fear

Results

Generally speaking, virtually anyone can achieve successful results using hypnosis. All hypnosis, whether it is accomplished with the aid of a hypnotist or not, is self-hypnosis. However in order for hypnosis to be effective, there must be a belief and expectation that it is going to work.

So only you can decide to let go, and allow yourself to be hypnotized. But the more that you let go, relax and follow instructions, the better chance you have of hypnosis working, and the more beneficial experience it will be for you.

In addition, we have an incredible sale on right now! You can get $100.00 off any hypnosis program you sign up for. Just be sure to mention the code:  “” when booking to take advantage of the offer.

Call us now at (647) 210-8842 for your FREE screening to see if hypnosis is right for you.

Practicing Self-Care

“I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.” – Alanis Morissette

It All Starts With You

Everything in your life starts with you. I have many clients who come to the Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre office, because they are in need of fixing something about themselves. Whether they are trying to quit smoking, lose weight, increase their confidence, reduce stress, or get over some fear or performance anxiety, I explain to them that it all starts with YOU first. If you do not prioritize self-care and attention to yourself, then how can you possibly have enough resources to give to someone else (your kids, your job, your spouse, etc.)?

You Are A Priority

The idea of practicing self-care is not a new one…but it is one that not many consider as important as other things. Taking care of yourself must be a priority.  The analogy I use finds its roots from being a passenger on an airplane. Before the plane takes off, the flight attendants always go through the safety information. Included in this are the instructions that if there is a cabin air decompression, an oxygen mask drops down from above your head. They explain that you are to take the mask and put it on, and breathe normally. However the direction that many people miss is that if you are sitting beside a child or someone elderly, you are to put on your oxygen mask FIRST and then help them with theirs. The reason is that if you collapse from lack of oxygen, then you’re certainly no good to your companion to assist them in breathing. I find this example to be an ideal illustration of how you must practice self-care, and in life, put on your “oxygen mask” first before helping or doing for others. If you don’t take care of yourself and get sick because you’re working so hard for your company, then how are you to continue your job?

So the concept of self-care is one I talk to my clients about a lot. I explain that while taking care of others is important, they must prioritize THEMSELVES first. Take the time to be good to your mind, body and spirit, and then you can work on the issue that you’re trying to fix. If one of these self-care items involves kicking a habit, losing weight, getting rid of stress, etc., then hypnosis might be a perfect tool to help you do this.

Call us now at (647) 210-8842 for your FREE screening to see if hypnosis is right for you, and learn how to practice self-care.

Empowerment To Take Control of Your Life

As we approach the end of the year, we begin to reflect as our thoughts turn to many things, including changes that we can make in our lives. We all have our own strengths, weaknesses, and goals.

Before we can take control of our lives, understand that we learn the best when times are bad, not when times are good. 

The first step that must be taken before you make a change, is the belief that you deserve the best, are able to take control of your destiny and know what you want. For many, this means standing in your own power, and centering yourself.

As a hypnotist, it is my job to guide my clients and inspire them to take control. My clients who are successful achieving their goals with the help of hypnosis, are the ones who empower themselves to truly take control of their lives. They have learned to put out positive self-talk and self-worth. They use words like “I will do” and “I can do”. Most importantly, they build more confidence as they move forward because of their empowerment.

If you believe you deserve it, then you will find a way to do it—it’s truly amazing—and hypnosis is an amazing way to help facilitate changes in your life!

So are you ready to empower yourself to take control of your life?

If you are, and you would like to see if hypnosis is right for you, please call us now for your free consultation: (647) 210-8842.

HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF HYPNOSIS WORKS

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I get such a great feeling seeing the changes in my clients, as they progress through their individual programs. For instance to witness the physical transformation of a weight loss client as they drop the pounds and tone-up, is amazing. Or observing people who come to have me help relieve their stress with hypnosis; I love seeing their newfound relaxed demeanor and energy as they go through their program.

Examples:

Sometimes it is common for clients not to  notice or feel their changes right away. However; other people in their lives (family, friends and co-workers) see the changes in them, but they may take a little while to see it themselves. It does happen eventually. It really is the absolute best experience when my clients express how they themselves notice their transformations.

In one case, I had a client who recently quit smoking with hypnosis. She noticed how they could suddenly smell things that they never realized they hadn’t smelled during the years they smoked. She went out to eat Dim Sum for the first time as a non-smoker, and was amazed at the aromas she inhaled — something she had totally forgotten from her childhood when she wasn’t a smoker!

Another client who came to me for help with relieving stress in his life, was incredible to watch as he progressed through his program. Each session he acted more and more relaxed; a stark contrast to the fidgety and nervous person I met during our initial meeting. About halfway through his program, he proclaimed that he was seeing huge changes each day, and loved the newly enhanced life he was experiencing!

So if you have some issues and/or habits that you would like to change, why not see for yourself how hypnosis may be able to help.

Call us now for your free screening to see if hypnosis can work for you:  (647) 210-8842

MAKE THE MOVE – CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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I have a friend who is a recovering alcoholic. He has been sober for 10 years and I couldn’t be more proud of him! During a recent conversation, he shared that the number of alcoholics that actually go and get help for their problem is incredibly low. According to an article on rehabs.com, there are up to 22 million people in need of treatment for drug and alcohol use. Fewer than 1% of them get any help for their substance abuse (http://luxury.rehabs.com/alcohol-rehab/statistics/).

I must admit, I found those numbers to be very sad. My friend felt that many who need help, just don’t go and obtain the assistance they require. We both agreed that one has to be ready. And when they are, they would seek support, but not before.

This got me thinking about my clients who come to me for hypnosis to seek improvement on various issues in their lives. I could see that my hypnosis practice was very similar to the situation my friend spoke about. There are many who suffer and want to lose weight, stop smoking, ease stress, build confidence, sleep better, get over fears, etc. However not all people will actually take the steps towards working on their issues and finding relief.

It can be very humbling to admit that you have an issue that you want to work on, and that realization is in fact a huge first step. However as I discussed in my last article, the follow-through and finding the resources to get help is so important.

About Us:

At Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre, we always offer a free screening to everyone. Even before we accept them as a client. We see if hypnosis will work for them, and to be sure that we can even accept them as a client in the first place. One of the things I tell everyone who comes in for the free screening is that they should be very proud of themselves. They have taken the first step that many don’t or aren’t even ready to do.

By making the appointment to see if hypnosis can work for them, they are making the move towards fixing their issue. That first baby step is so significant, and at the end of the day, isn’t that forward momentum what it’s all about?

So make your move, call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see how hypnosis can help achieve your objective:  (647) 210-8842

A NEW, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH EXERCISE AND FOOD

Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to look forward to the warmer weather that will (eventually) be here. One of the biggest concerns that many have at this time of year is losing weight—especially getting rid of the pounds that they put on during their holiday meals. 
Whether you’re trying to get healthier, look and feel better, or just want to fit into that bathing suit at the beach this summer, losing weight can be a long and challenging journey. If you have tried and failed to lose weight in the past, you know how frustrating it can be. It is quite common for people to get into a cycle of dieting, then overeating, and then feeling guilty, and dieting again. This “yo-yo dieting” as it’s known, is not only unhealthy, but makes any long-term weight loss very difficult to sustain. Fad diets, nutritional plans and supplements focus on what you put into your mouth and also how often. However, hypnosis is much different.
Hypnosis changes how you FEEL about what and when you eat. As an example, on a diet you might eat an apple, and be unhappy because you wish you were in fact eating an apple pie. But with hypnosis, you can learn to enjoy the apple and simply not give it another thought. What a strange concept:  living in a world where you’d happily turn down your favourite food for something that is healthier for you! With certain hypnosis techniques it may very well be possible to change your patterns of thinking, and get control over your cravings in a way that doesn’t depress you.
Using hypnosis, we target the unconscious mind with powerful suggestion techniques and help you to develop a new, positive relationship with exercise and food. The way a weight loss client recently described it was:  “I now look at the donut that I normally would crave and want, and just say, ‘Oh yeah, it’s a donut, but I don’t feel like eating it.’ and then I just walk away and don’t really think about it any more.”
To lose weight and keep it off, you cannot just go on an eight-week purge, or an intense exercise regime, or a fad diet, and then go back to your previous habits. Instead you have to make real lifestyle changes. This is where hypnosis may have a major advantage over other techniques, and the reason is that in order to change your body, you first need to change your mind. The aim with hypnosis techniques is to make you feel confident about yourself and your body, to alter any negative thoughts about eating, and to help you to lose weight in a healthy and responsible way without impacting your emotional well-being.
Hypnosis is completely safe, and you cannot be made to do anything against your will; it is not possible to get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a positive, relaxing, safe and enjoyable experience.
One question that is often asked is, “Will hypnosis work for me?” Generally speaking, virtually any person can achieve successful results with hypnosis. However we carefully screen each client to ensure that hypnosis will be beneficial to him or her. The best part about this screening process is that it is FREE! If we do not feel that hypnosis will be beneficial for you, then we will tell you so. As you can see, you have nothing to lose by calling and starting to improve yourself right now.
People are losing weight, stopping smoking and relieving stress with the programmes offered with hypnosis.
So keep your New Year’s Resolution! Call us now and book your FREE screening, and find out how hypnosis can help you!
Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre(647) 210-8842

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