I have wanted to quit smoking for the longest time. For a number of reasons, most of all for my health. But also because it’s become such a socially unacceptable practise and it has started to feel like such a prison.
But I was terrified to quit.
Ironically, I had quit in the past, for 7 years in fact. But then I got clever, too clever for my own good and I thought I could smoke socially and it would be ok. Ja, not. You know that expression: you’re just one puff away from a pack a day? That was me.
My husband and I had quit together that time, we’d used a quitting aid called Zyban and while it had been effective for me, it had not helped him at all. He had literally white-knuckled his way through the withdrawal. While I had really battled with horrific side effects of the medication.
So I’ve wanted to quit for a while now, but to be honest I was terrified to quit cold turkey. I felt I needed some kind of aid to assist me to cope with the withdrawals. But I am on antidepressants so I can’t take any of the medical aids to assist me.
While having my monthly treat, a massage with healer extraordinaire, Michelle, I happened to notice her hypnotherapy certificates on the wall and asked her about it. My timing could not have been more perfect, Michelle was doing refresher work and needed to present a case study and of course, I volunteered!
Michelle used a three-pronged approach with me. A combination of hypnotherapy, auricular acupuncture and homoeopathic medicine. But I can’t lie, I was quite afraid to go under hypnosis after what I’d seen on TV before and I was also convinced she wouldn’t be able to hypnotize me. Of course, hypnotherapy is nothing like you see on TV and I needn’t have been afraid after all.
In the build-up to my first hypnosis, I had to keep a journal for 7 days, documenting every single cigarette I smoked. That in itself was a total eye-opener. I had to journal the time, the location, how it made me feel, why I smoked it, how much of it I smoked.
And then I had my first session.
Here is more of what happens during the two hypnotherapy sessions:
The hypnotherapist works to assist the client in identifying, releasing, reframing and integrating factors and patterns that inhibit, impede, or block optimal performance and self-realization. The hypnotherapist will allow the client to tap deep into the medicine kit of the subconscious mind, which is way more powerful on many levels than the conscious mind. If you think about the habit of smoking: if on a conscious level you were able to stop smoking, you would have done it a long time ago. The therapist will guide you through to the healing depths of the subconscious mind to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Smoking sucks you into a vortex from where it is difficult to escape. So, there isn’t just one method to help a smoker quit. There are actually numerous methods specifically designed to enable a smoker to quit smoking.
Research on acupuncture has always produced inconclusive results, but more recent findings have brought forward the powerful effects acupuncture has on our body, instead of going to explain the complexities of this holistic routine.
Acupuncture has been shown to have an incredibly powerful effect on the aspects of the nervous system and also its inimitable ability to regulate things like stress, heart rate, and mood.
Addiction is not bound by just the mental aspect of things; addiction can take on several forms, on the emotional and physical front too. Thus, you have to fight addiction on multiple levels.
One of the most common acupuncture techniques particularly helpful in treating addictions is called auricular acupuncture. This technique involves inserting fine needles into the ear, also known as Auricular Acupuncture
I don’t really know how to explain it all. Except to tell you that after two hypnotherapy sessions which included auricular acupuncture, I came home after the second session and I stopped smoking. Michelle did tell me that the hypnotherapy would not work unless I was 100% committed to quitting.
It’s been two and a half weeks now
And I’ve had no side effects, no withdrawals and very little craving. I’ve had two stressful days in the first week after I quit that really did make me want to smoke, but the thought and cravings were fleeting. I do find myself at a bit of a loss without the habit, but I am also being far more productive than ever before. And obviously, it’s getting easier and easier with each day that passes.
If you live in the Randburg area, you can contact Michelle here:
083 256 1948
Michelle is qualified in the following disciplines:
- Indian Head Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Lomi Lomi Nui
I’ve been seeing Michelle monthly for the past few months, where she treats me with a combination of disciplines for my injured leg (that time I fell off a horse, tore my calf muscle, my Achilles tendon and got a massive hematoma) and she’s been doing wonders for my injuries.
The smoking cessation treatment is R3 000, which is probably what a smoker spends in two months on cigarettes and so well worth it.
Get in touch with her and let her help you heal.
Have you had hypnotherapy before? What was your experience like?
Here is some more information from Michelle on how using these three disciplines can work: