A modern view of hypnotherapy?

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Good Weekend magazine published an article on hypnosis on April 14th.

Without reading deeply into the article, the title ‘You are getting sleepy…’, along with the image of a watch swinging on a chain, helps to sustain the old-fashioned image of a stage show trick.

Fenella Souter does go on, however, to rescue the misnomer by acknowledging that ‘Psychologists often use it to  help treat problems like smoking addiction, phobias, low self-esteem or chronic anxiety.’

A sprinkling of  history about hypnosis and details about cases in which it has been scandalously abused fill out this article, leaving one feeling rather patronised.

Recent history of hypnotherapy

The use of hypnosis in the treatment of neuroses flourished in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Hypnosis techniques were merged with psychiatry and were especially useful in the treatment of ‘shell shock’, which is known today as Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

After World War I, there were too many cases of war neuroses and other traumas for doctors and psychotherapists (both in short supply) to handle, so the medical profession turned in desperation to hypnosis, which was there to provide the answers as it has done since the dawn of time.

World War II saw hypnosis being used for similar purposes, and also for providing suggestive anaesthesia when drugs were in short supply. Again with success.

Self-hypnosis, also called auto-hypnosis, is a dual process: it both hypnotizes and gives suggestions to the person using it. Rather than working with a hypnotherapist, hypnotist or recorded session, this is a form of entirely self-guided hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis is an ancient practice, and was brought into the mainstream by the French pharmacist Emil Coue (1857-1926). Coue established the ‘neo-Nancy’ approach, and used self-hypnosis and auto-suggestion to treat a variety of ills in his patients. Coue’s most famous auto-suggestion was ‘Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.’

Self-hypnosis can be a valuable technique for many purposes, including creating positive habits, increasing confidence, finding motivation, awakening creativity, and the relief of stress and anxiety. Self-hypnosis was used by World War II prisoners to withstand long periods of cold, and is used by terminal cancer patients to bring peace and comfort to their final days.

For all these many advantages, while self-hypnosis is relatively easy to learn, it is more difficult to achieve a suitable and effective level of trance. With practice, most people can learn to enter and deepen trance and, eventually, to give effective suggestions to themselves.


Nicotine patches – the latest news

A recent US study reveals that nicotine patches are no better than trying to give up smoking by yourself. The Sydney Morning Herald article, ‘Real drag: study finds patches no help for smokers after quitting’ (11 January 2012) reported that patches, gum and nasal spray did not support smokers who had quit, especially without counselling.

Long-term smokers were particularly unassisted by patches because their bodies assimilate nicotine very quickly, and not enough was contained in a patch.

To quit smoking successfully, see my website, lindataylor.com.au, for details about:

  • hypnotherapy for smoking
  • my book, Now Stop Smoking, and
  • my workshops.

Smoking causes risks to your eyes and sight

Here is another reason to stop smoking: your eyesight. This is not one of you health effects that is commonly thought about.

Heavy smokers are twice as likely to get macular degeneration, resulting in gradual loss of sight. The macular is found inside the retina of the eye and is responsible for detailed vision such as recogising faces and reading. Smoking causes damage to the macular and therefore increases the risk of affecting eyesight.

Smokers also run an increased risk of cataracts, which is the debilitating cloudiness that can lead to blindness if untreated. The cloudiness is made up of clumps of protein which reduce the image sharpness on the lens of the eye. There is growing evidence that smoking is one of the causes of this protein clumping.*

However, as with all health effects of smoking, increased damage can stop when you STOP SMOKING! We all know it can be hard, but hypnotherapy for smoking does work. Find out how you can use self-hypnosis or I can help you personally. See my website, lindataylor.com.au for my contact details.



* http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp#2a

Nicotine is VERY addictive!

You already knew that, but how addictive is this…

Each week I visit my elderly mother-in-law in a nursing home and I also chat to one of the other residents there: she is the home’s most mentally alert patient. She is there for one reason only — she lost a leg a year ago when a wound would not heal — as a result of a lifetime of smoking.

This lady spends her free time (nearly all day) on the outdoor balcony of the nursing home, smoking. Now her other leg is developing sores that do not (and will not) heal!

Addiction CAN be overcome through hypnotherapy. My book, Now Stop Smoking, can tell you how. Or if you prefer, I can see you for some one-on-one counselling sessions.


Smoking during pregnancy

I just can’t believe that expectant mums still smoke, but 15% still do!

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph points out the increased risk of heart disease on children whose mums smoked, used patches or even chewed nicotine gum.

I have helped so many people stop smoking without patches or gum and they don’t even have the cravings that can be experienced.

Hypnotherapy really works, and my new book, Now Stop Smoking, will show you how.

Smoking causes premature ageing

One of my clients was a personal trainer, who came along for hypnotherapy to stop smoking.  He looks older than me, even though I am 12 years older than him! That’s not so surprising, as smokers do age prematurely, and it does affect their appearance.

Smoking will:

  • shorten your breath and inhibit the amount of oxygen you need to be healthy
  • cause premature wrinkling to your skin
  • reduce the blood supply to your skin, so you will look paler
  • reduce the vitamin A levels in your body
  • stain your teeth and cause bad breath
  • increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease.

Practising to live as a non-smoker is easy every time you say “no” to a cigarette, and you can slow down the ageing process immediately. After all, the most attractive, good-looking people are healthy people!

Fitness trainers who smoke

I was at the front of the aerobic class and smelt cigarette smoke.  I was pretty shocked when I realised it was the instructor who smoked! She looked pasty and the smell was not good. No amount of tic tacs, chewing gum or perfume can mask the smell of nicotine, especially when you are sweating. I moved to the back of the class to avoid the smell. That’s what many people do when they are around those who smoke.

Stopping smoking is easy when you learn how. My new book Now Stop Smoking can help you stop, using the simple techniques of hypnotherapy for smoking. Imagine how good you’ll feel when you can breathe easier!

Hypnotherapy – The Smoking Gun!

Hi, I’m Linda Taylor and I’ve helped over a 1,000 clients to stop smoking using my own experience as an ex-smoker and my practice as a hypnotherapist and counsellor.

In my new book Now Stop Smoking I outline life skills that will assist you, so you no longer need the addiction to cigarettes to enhance your day.

I’ll show you ways to:
• feel safe and protected without having to smoke
• have good boundaries within your relationships
• achieve what you need and want in healthy, loving ways – without poisoning yourself with cigarettes
• stop the past influencing you in negative ways
• practice and maintain balance in your life by bringing the mind and body together.

The activities included in each chapter give you the tools to practice these positive skills, which are proven to be very effective in individual and group hypnotherapy. Case studies are also provided, which demonstrate how others have been successful using these strategies.

You deserve to love, respect and care for yourself too. With self-hypnosis you can take control and stop smoking now!

Linda Taylor (612) 9316 6686