Stop Smoking Through Hypnosis
Mind Matters Hypnotherapy
to bust your stereotypes. No swinging pendulum. No affected
voice whispering, "Look into my eyes." No
involuntary divulging of secrets.
a case for hypnosis that asks you to let go of any preconceived
notions about hypnotherapy. Consider this instead: What
would "Instant Maui" feel like? Can you remember
a state in which you were pleasantly relaxed,
perhaps daydreaming? Have you ever experienced "savasana,"
the final relaxation pose after a yoga class? Or, for a less challenging question, do you go
to sleep at night and wake up in the morning?
you’ve answered yes to any of the above,, you have been
in a deeply "hypnotic" state. Now, let's say you want to give up smoking, once and for all.
Or maybe you’d like to lose some weight. Or simply
feel less stressed out. This is where L.A.-based hypnotherapist Lisa
Hubler of Mind Matters enters the picture.
had tried several times to quit smoking unsuccessfully,
but with Mind Matters, I became a non-smoker in the
matter of one meeting," says Janet Haase, an executive
producer of music videos, who had smoked since her late
teens. She was finally ready to quit in her mid-thirties,
a major challenge considering she’d been smoking
a pack a day for the last eight years.
session to swear off a serious nicotine addiction? How’s
own experience and deep understanding of how and why
people smoke is discussed in depth and is applied to
one's own experience and reasoning," Haase explains.
"I am able to deal with stressful situations in
a new way—also the drab and boring ones. She made
it so easy to overcome those cravings and habits by
‘re-wiring’ oneself. It may sound clichéd,
but it truly is the best thing I have done for myself."
may be a multitude of reasons why you smoke; there’s
no need to know what they are. More importantly, what
we do know is that smoking probably helps you to relax
and get through your day, even if you’re "just"
a social smoker and reach for cigarettes while out with
friends or when having a cup of coffee or cocktail.
All that matters is that you really want to quit. The
problem is, while consciously you’ve made that
decision and are trying to stick to it, your unconscious
mind is still clinging to the same old habitual "tape"
of doubts and fears such as "I can’t do it.
I will gain weight. It’s really not that unhealthy.
I can only relax when I smoke," and so on. Such
beliefs are held in and reinforced by muscular tension
in the body.
the body is relaxed, the mind relaxes, too," says
hypnotherapist Hubler. "During [hypnosis] you will
let go of habitual ways of thinking and accept [losing
weight or stopping smoking] in a deeper part of your
mind. More importantly, what I do not only relaxes your
mind and muscles but your emotions."
is why you might not reach for cigarettes again after
just one session. You will be so profoundly relaxed
that everything in life, anything you set out to do,
becomes easier. You feel confident, optimistic, calm
and focused—also thanks to the helpful suggestions
reaching your unconscious mind during your session.
in talking to Hubler, a pressing question remains: Sure,
you might feel very relaxed and wonderful after a session,
but doesn’t it take longer, perhaps months or
years, to reprogram the mind, to change old beliefs?
only smiles. In her gentle way she asks: "Do you
ever notice that negative voice when you’re feeling
"Well, not really."
your answer. That voice comes out of tension."
is a normal, naturally occurring
state. Everyone experiences it
from one to many times a day. We all enter
the hypnotic state just before we fall
asleep at night, when we are no longer
completely awake, & yet not quite
asleep. The brainwaves at this time are
just like the brainwaves when you are
an induced state the hypnosis.
examples of everyday hypnotic experience
· Reading a book
· Watching television
· Playing a sport
allows you to focus inward in a relaxed,
open attitude in order to make
profound changes. Put aside negative habits
and emotions, fears, doubts, anxieties,
self-limiting concepts while enjoying
the experience of profound relaxation.
means making a working connection
between your subconscious and consciousness and being in fuller control of
your thought patterns. If you think you
can - you will.
Hubler is a petite brunette who radiates a gentle confidence
and optimistic calm. A typical session is about two
hours, including a talk and 40 minutes or so of hypnosis—or,
in better words, a restorative, guided meditation and
relaxation session with gentle suggestions. There’s
no talking back. There’s no fear of doing anything
getting to know a client over the phone and through
a conversation in her sunny, quiet L.A. office, Hubler
will tuck you into a huge, comfortable reclining chair
in a supported position dubbed "Instant Maui."
You’re basically in the anti-gravity position
astronauts assume during take-off. You receive a headset,
an eye pillow and blankets. You settle into your chair
and the session begins.
work is progressive and quite different from what other
hypnotists around the country do. She combines the traditional
positive suggestions with techniques she learned from
renowned yoga teacher Judith Lasater on restorative
poses. She also teaches her clients how to breathe and
lengthen the exhalation. During the session you will
become so deeply relaxed that your brainwaves, normally
beta during waking consciousness, slow down to alpha,
theta and possibly delta, the deepest dreamless state.
Your entire being becomes calm and receptive to positive
Pilar DeMann, a film/theater/television producer living
had been smoking on and off (mostly on) for 20 years.
Smoking was her thing. She felt like it was her reward
after a long, hard and frustrating day. But she has
two young nephews for whom she didn’t want to
be a negative influence. She wanted to be healthy for
them and for herself. She made an appointment.
with Lisa was like talking with an old friend. We chatted.
I told her things I had forgotten: the first image I
remember of smoking, the Salem cigarette lady from the
‘70s in her green bathing suit and big, white
hat and red lips with her white cig. I wanted to be
her. We talked about my mom who smoked nearly all of
my life and how I felt about cigarettes and why I smoked,"
she broke it all down and it all made so much sense.
I didn’t need cigarettes at all; they didn’t
relax me, they sped me up. My breathing was what relaxed
me. We talked, and then she put me in the most comfortable
chair with pillows and eye masks and her soothing voice.
It’s really a guided meditation. I felt great.
And that day, I became a non-smoker."
the weight-loss issue? It works the same way as giving
up cigarettes. One of Hubler’s clients came for
reducing free-floating anxiety. Her weight issue wasn't
directly addressed. Nevertheless, she went from a size
14 to an 8, a weight she’s been able to maintain
for two years now.
Again, while you may more than anything really desire
to lose weight, you might not be in sync with deeper
levels of your mind that could be afraid of change,
associate eating with comfort or be convinced that you
need a layer of fat to protect yourself from getting
hurt. As long as these old beliefs populate your unconscious,
your efforts will not be rewarded. And, as soon as you
feel well and deeply at ease after a session, you won’t
reach for donuts or a huge plate of carb-laden pasta
to make you happy with that elusive serotonin-boost.
You’ll sleep well and handle life more easily;
plus, you’ll have a new set of positive reinforcements,
new stress-management techniques above and beyond the
session and a new-found outlook on life.
Hubler says, "A mind matters." Make yours
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Los Angeles, CA. 90068
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