Can you imagine yourself as a happy, healthy non-smoker?  

It seems to be the time of year when people are reflecting on their past year and thinking ahead about plans for the New Year. Maybe you are thinking about a new project, a vacation,  or a healthy lifestyle change such as quitting smoking. Let’s face it, the thought of standing huddled outside in the cold in January, trying to stay warm just to have a cigarette, is probably something that you could do without, for many reasons.

As there is a growing body of research showing evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis and guided imagery, people are becoming more aware of hypnosis for smoking cessation.

Hypnosis has been found to be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy

Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: results of a randomized controlled trial.

Complement Ther Med. 2014 Feb;22(1):1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.12.012. Epub 2014 Jan 6.

A study smokers showed that after a two-year follow-up, patients that quit with guided imagery were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than the placebo-control group. 

Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005;37:3, pages 245-250.

You might think that smoking has done something positive for you such as:

  • allowing you to feel a part of belonging to a certain group of people
  • relieving stress, boredom, or helped you deal with uncomfortable emotions
  • keeping your hands busy
  • helping you maintain your weight, as you were smoking instead of eating

Through repetitive thoughts and actions, your mind has been programmed. Hypnosis helps people get into the learning brain wave state. In this state, people are open to learning new habits or behaviours.
With hypnosis people will not have to try not to smoke, they simply will not have the urge to smoke.
Hypnosis will help redirect your subconscious mind to achieve your goals in more positive and healthier ways.

Although it is recommended to have one or two follow up sessions to reinforce the changes habits,  many people get results from one session.

Hypnosis is known to be a quick, safe, and effective way to stop smoking permanently.

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale

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Ginette Andress has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education from the University or Toronto and has been passionately teaching secondary school science and mathematics for 23 years. She received her Certification as a Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Pain in your butt?

The gluteal muscles of your buttocks are among the largest and strongest in the body. They are responsible for moving your leg at the hip joint. More specifically, they extend your thigh, help with rotation, and help keep your pelvis stabilized and strong. For example, every time you climb the stairs, get out of your car, or get out of bed in the morning, your glutes kick into action. You rely on them every day.

When you do activities such as running, climbing, or squats, your glutes are loaded even more. These muscles can get tight and painful from overuse or strain and massage therapy can provide relief. Under the glutes lie the lateral rotators of the hip.

The most clinically notable of these is the piriformis muscle. It is really important to address when a person is experiencing sciatica type symptoms. The sciatic nerve can be compressed by the piriformis muscle and cause pain in the hip area and down the back of your leg, often making it painful to sit or to get up from sitting. Thankfully, massage therapy is very good at addressing this “piriformis syndrome“.

As you can see, the gluteal region of the body is an important one for day to day life as well as for more athletic pursuits. Keeping it strong is important to your overall health as it plays a big role in keeping you active and mobile. If you are experiencing discomfort or limited movement because of tightness in this area, it is wise to get it treated to prevent any further muscle or nerve involvement

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