Hypnosis Stopped Me Smoking
|Manchester Evening News||
2 October 2006
It's a year since a sceptical Jonathan Smith tried hypnotherapy to help him kick smoking and he hasn't touched a cigarette since...
With many jobs there are perks. Air stewards fly to exotic destinations, builders can give their houses spectacular makeovers at the fraction of the cost and, as a journalist, I got to try something which has change my life forever.
It is nearly 12 months since I put out last my cigarette, walked into the Chorlton study of hypnotherapist, Dr Shaun Brook house, and began a life as a non-smoker.
As with many people wanting to give up, I'd tried most forms of quitting from patches to cold turkey with varying degrees of success.
But sooner or later the whiff of smoke would waft in my direction and I'd soon be scampering to the newsagents for a pack of 20.
So it was hope more than expectation that prompted me to give hypnotherapy a go.
It seems silly for someone who'd throw thousands of pounds a year away but I'd always baulked at the price of it. The experience was different to what I had anticipated.
Although, I wasn't expecting to stare at a watch on a chain swinging from side to side, I presumed that I would be in a sleep-like state and wake-up with a magical quick fix.
Instead, I heard every word that was said to me and felt like I could get up and walk out at any moment.
After about a quarter of an hour of being told to relax, Dr Brook house explained to me ' or my subconscious ' that I didn't really want to smoke.
He said that my body didn't like it and it would feel better if I would just stop doing it.
Within five minutes of leaving Dr Brook house's study, I was absolutely gagging for a cigarette, but he had explained that will power was still required and that, after three or four days, the nicotine would have left my body and the cravings would become less and less.
Occasionally I have the urge ' particularly at the pub ' but I haven't touched a cigarette since.
My cough has gone, I have an extra £35 a week to spend and, I'm
reliably informed, that I don't stink any more. It was probably the
best assignment I've ever been sent on.
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