Friday, June 28, 2013

How Does Hypnosis Help People to Stop Smoking


How Does Hypnosis Help People to Stop Smoking

Many people use hypnosis to stop smoking. Please understand if you go to a hypnotist to stop smoking, the hypnotist can’t “make” you stop smoking. Nobody can “make” you do anything unless they put a gun to your head.

Hypnosis is the transitional state between being awake and falling asleep where your mind is clear, alert, and receptive to positive and beneficial suggestions. You must want the positive change in your life. You must want to stop smoking 100%

During the pre-talk of the session it’s good to recognize when you have an increased desire to smoke and what are the benefits of being smoke free for life. What’s your motivation to stop smoking? What are you moving towards? For example, are you moving towards good health? What are you moving away from? For example, are you moving away from disease?  

Different hypnotists have different approaches to help people stop smoking. My approach which has been very effective was to communicate with the client’s subconscious mind and ask it to generate new choices to do instead of smoking when the client has an increased desire to smoke which are just as immediate, effective, and available as the smoking habit to accomplish the same positive intention of the habit (the positive intention is usually to manage stress)

Some examples of what my clients came up with to do when they have an increased desire to smoke are: Take the dog for a walk, listen to music, play a game on the cell phone, work on the car, go for a walk, exercise, call someone.

Now my approach is based on Dr. Hebert Spiegel’s teachings which emphasize respect for your body. The client is taught self-hypnosis and to develop a sensation of floating while in trance. Then these 3 points are emphasized: 1. For your body, smoking is a poison. 2. You need your body to live. 3. You owe your body respect and protection. I also emphasize that once you stop smoking, you cannot have not even one puff of a cigarette. Not even after 5, 10, 20, 30 years, or you’ll be right back to where you started from.

Coping techniques are given if you get the urge to smoke: Stroking your eyebrow, which activates the third point of the strategy, “you owe your body respect and protection.” Rubbing your finger and thumb together, letting that remind you of your motivation to stop smoking and all the benefits of being smoke free for life. Taking three deep breaths and after each exhale saying to yourself or out loud with emotion, “I’m a winner! I’m a winner! I’m a winner!” which is an ego strengthening technique.

Breathing exercises are given to the client to manage stress because one of the most common reasons people start smoking again is due to stress.

Some of the stress management and coping techniques my clients have reported using are:

1.     Reminding themselves of their strong desire to stop.

2.     Not wanting to disappoint themselves.

3.     Rubbing their finger and thumb together, reminding themselves that smoking is bad for them and reminding themselves of the benefits of being smoke free.

4.     Put motivation and benefits of being smoke free on their cell phone and reading it when they get the urge.

5.     Taking a walk.

6.     Breathing exercises.

7.     Stroking their eyebrow, reminding themselves that they owe their body respect and protection.

8.     Reminding themselves that if they have just one puff, they’ll be right back to where they started.

9.     Ego strengthening techniques, like saying to themselves over and over again, “I’m a winner!”

If you have the motivation and truly want to stop smoking, through hypnosis you can become empowered to be smoke free for life.

About Tony Longobardi, Certified Hypnotist. Tony has a private hypnosis practice in Phoenixville and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce.
Certified in Clinical Hypnotism by the National Guild of Hypnotists, he teaches self-hypnosis classes at Owen J. Roberts Adult Education in Pottstown and the Widener University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton.

You can contact Tony by phone at 610.659.0526

Email info@HypnosisByTony.com

For more info on Tony and Hypnosis, visit www.HypnosisByTony.com

 

 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Increase Confidence and Self Esteem using Hypnosis


Increase Confidence and Self Esteem using Hypnosis

The final step in my Weight Loss program is to increase confidence and self-esteem using hypnosis. That’s because when you feel good about yourself, you can accomplish any goal; including weight loss.

There are a lot of complicated definitions for self-esteem. But the simplest definition of self-esteem is how much you like yourself. How much you like yourself is the #1 factor in how successful you are in every aspect of your life.

One way to increase confidence and self-esteem is to say to yourself  “I like myself, I like myself, I like myself” as if you were saying it loud enough for someone to hear you 100 yards away. “I like myself, I like myself, I like myself.”

 

Another way is to remember a time in your past when you behaved in a particularly satisfying way; remembering what you saw, heard, and felt. Then instructing your subconscious mind to use the resources you used back then in the goal you want to accomplish now; using the mannerism and attitude you used back then during the present situation.

 

If you have negative self talk, one of the best ways to deal with that is to change the voice of the negative self talk into a silly cartoon characters voice; like Elmer Fudd or Woody Woodpecker.  Or you can change the voice to someone you just can’t take seriously; like Slick Willy’s voice when he said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, or Marylyn Monroe’s voice when she sang “Happy Birthday Mister President”.

 

One of the best ways to increase your self-appreciation is to experience the “Seeing yourself through the eyes of love” technique. In this technique, you imagine you’re sitting at your desk, writing your autobiography. You imagine someone who you know loves you is watching you as you write your autobiography. Then you imagine leaving your body, entering into the body of the person who loves you, and seeing yourself through the eyes of the person who loves you. Then returning to your body and writing what you saw, heard, and felt through the eyes of the person who loves you. This experience will provide you with the kind of deep personal self-appreciation, confidence, and self-esteem to accomplish any goal you truly want to accomplish.

 

These techniques, when done in the hypnotic state, are supercharged.

About Tony Longobardi, Certified Hypnotist.

 
Tony has a private hypnosis practice in Phoenixville and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce.

 
Certified in Clinical Hypnotism by the National Guild of Hypnotists, he teaches
Self-Hypnosis classes at Owen J. Roberts Adult Education in Pottstown and the Widener University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton.

 
You can contact Tony by phone at 610.659.0526
Email info@HypnosisByTony.com
For more info on Tony and Hypnosis, visit www.HypnosisByTony.com

 

 

  

 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Manage Stress using Hypnosis


Manage Stress using Hypnosis

 

Stress is our physical, mental, and chemical response to demands in our lives. The demands can be positive of negative. It can be getting married or getting divorced; getting hired or getting fired. We can’t change the demands in our lives, but we can change the way we respond to them. Many people manage stress by eating. But there are other ways to manage stress besides eating. There are breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation. Hypnosis uses relaxation techniques, guided imagery, direct suggestions, and anchors to manage stress.

 

An anchor is an external stimulant that produces an internal response. The classic anchor is the touch your finger to thumb external stimulant which produces an internal response of relaxation; which is the opposite of stress. Here’s how to do it:

 

Positive Anchor for Stress

 

Imagine you are at your calm, relaxing place. This is the place where you feel so calm, so relaxed, so still, so serene. Now describe your calm place to yourself, fully associate into it, in first person. Seeing what you see through your eyes, hearing what you hear through your ears, and feeling what you feel in your body. You’re there, in first person, fully associated.  

 

Now amplify the sights, sounds, and feelings. Make the sights bigger, brighter, in 3D. Make the sounds clearer, more soothing. Make the feelings more relaxing.

 

And as you feel so calm, so relaxed, so still, so serene… touch your index finger and thumb of your dominant hand and say to yourself “relax”. See, hear, and feel your calm place. (Repeat 3 times)

 

Now let’s rehearse. How do you know when you are stressed? Is it something you see, hear, or feel? Go through a scenario where you have an increased level of stress and see, hear, and feel the images, sounds, and feelings. Now touch your index finger and thumb of your dominant hand and say “relax”.  See, hear, and feel your calm place instead. (Repeat 3 times) No stress now, right. Good.

 

Whenever you need to feel relaxed, touch your index finger and thumb of your dominant hand, and you will feel as relaxed as if you were at your calm, relaxing place.

 

This technique, when done in the hypnotic state, is supercharged.

 
About Tony Longobardi, Certified Hypnotist.

Tony has a private hypnosis practice in Phoenixville and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce.

Certified in Clinical Hypnotism by the National Guild of Hypnotists, he teaches

Self-Hypnosis classes at Owen J. Roberts Adult Education in Pottstown and the Widener University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton.

You can contact Tony by phone at 610.659.0526


For more info on Tony and Hypnosis, visit www.HypnosisByTony.com

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Become Motivated to Exercise using Hypnosis


Become Motivated to Exercise using Hypnosis

How can hypnosis help you to become motivated to exercise? First of all, I’m a firm believer in exercise. No matter what kind of job we have, we don’t work as hard as in say, colonial days. I go to the Maple Syrup Festival at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary every year and they show how people in colonial days made maple syrup. We just don’t work that hard anymore. So we need to exercise more in this day and age.

Exercise has so many benefits. It helps manage stress, anxiety, depression. It boosts your immune system and helps you to sleep better. It produces endorphins which make you feel good, like you want to take on the world. Take note of how you feel before you exercise, and how you feel when you’re finished. I remember watching Jack LaLanne on TV when I was a kid. Remember his exercise program.

Through hypnosis, you can motivate yourself to exercise by being constantly reminded of the benefits of regular exercise. You can make exercise a regular habit, like brushing your teeth. You feel good when you brush your teeth, you feel bad when you don’t. You feel good when you exercise, you feel bad when you don’t. We like to move towards things that make us feel good.

While in hypnosis, you can see an image of “another you” who is motivated to exercise because of all the benefits it produces. You can then merge into that “other you”. You can project your thoughts into the future, seeing yourself in the future enjoying the benefits of exercise and seeing how your body has changed after only a few months of regular exercise. What you see and think about your subconscious mind will want to do and become.

You can motivate yourself with words like you do with things that you are motivated to do, associating exercise with something else that you like to do; all by tapping into the power of your subconscious mind. 

About Tony Longobardi, Certified Hypnotist. Tony has a private hypnosis practice in Phoenixville and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce.

Certified in Clinical Hypnotism by the National Guild of Hypnotists, he teaches         self-hypnosis classes at Owen J. Roberts Adult Education in Pottstown and the Widener University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton.

You can contact Tony by phone at 610.659.0526


For more info on Tony and Hypnosis, visit www.HypnosisByTony.com

 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

How My Dog Lost 5 Pounds in 5 Months

How My Dog Lost 5 Pounds in 5 Months

I have a Dachshund, you know, a wiener dog. They look like hot dogs. Because of their long backs, they are prone to back problems. So it’s important that they don’t get overweight. Five months ago the Vet said my dog was 29 pounds and needed to go down to 25 pounds. Now my dog weighs 24 pounds! He lost 5 pounds in 5 months. That’s great for a dog.

So what did I do differently to help my dog lose weight. No, I didn’t use hypnosis. Unfortunately, you can’t hypnotize a dogJ What changes did I do in my dog’s eating habits. Well, first I cut all his portions in half. He used to get 1 cup of dry dog food for breakfast and 1 cup of dry dog food and ¼ can of wet dog food mixed in for dinner. He used to get baby carrots for treats. I now cut all the baby carrots in half. I cut his breakfast to ½ cup of dry food and added some shredded wheat cereal in his breakfast. I cut his dinner to ½ cup of dry food with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree mixed in instead of the ¼ can of wet dog food. I didn’t want him to feel hungry so I now give him ½ a can of unsalted cut green beans before his dinner. I used to walk him for 1 lap around the block. Now we do 2 laps.

So what can we learn from this: To lose weight, cut your portions in half. Eat less. Add more fiber and vegetables to your diet to increase your metabolism and to not feel hungry. Exercise more.

Through hypnosis and by tapping into the power of your subconscious mind, you can do this. Now if I can just get my dog to eat slowerJ

About Tony Longobardi, Certified Hypnotist.
Tony has a private hypnosis practice in Phoenixville and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce. Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, he teaches self hypnosis classes at Owen J. Roberts Adult Education in Pottstown and Widener University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton.

You can contact Tony by phone at 610.659.0526
Email info@HypnosisByTony.com
For more info on Tony and Hypnosis, visit
www.HypnosisByTony.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Control Food Cravings with Hypnosis

How to Control Food Cravings with Hypnosis

What is a craving food? A craving food is a food you eat even though you’re not hungry, or a food you continue to eat even though you’re full. A food you have a craving for that you eat in secret, or would go buy in the middle of the night if it wasn’t in the house. A food that’s keeping you from attaining your goal weight.

In hypnosis, you are at a heightened state of awareness and your senses are amplified. The first thing to do to control food cravings is to become more attracted to healthy foods instead by seeing healthy foods like fruits and vegetables in your mind big, bright, and colorful. In 3D. With plenty of texture. Imagine that you have a brightness knob. Turn the knob and make these foods even brighter than they already are. Let yourself be more attracted to the colorful foods in the produce aisle of the supermarket. That’s right. Be attracted to colorful produce. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple foods. When you’re in the parking lot in the grocery store, close your eyes and see these foods big, bright, and colorful. In 3D. With plenty of texture. Make them brighter by using a brightness knob. Make them appealing for you. See them in your mind big and bright and colorful. In 3D, with plenty of texture. Delicious.

On the other hand, your problem foods, see a picture of them in your mind’s eye, in color. Then drain the color away from the picture. Make it a black and white picture. See if you can put a frame or border around the picture. View this picture of your problem food through a piece of Plexiglas, so it’s distorted, warped. Now finally push the picture further and further away, further and further away, further and further away, until it’s the size of a postage stamp. When you do this continually by doing your self hypnosis, you’ll find that this creates an indifference towards your problem foods.

Now see your problem food again. This time, see your problem food painted on a piece of sandpaper. See a picture of your problem food on a piece of sandpaper. See that problem food in black and white on that piece of sandpaper. Imagine your problem food in your mouth along with sand. Imagine that gritty sand in your mouth. Just like when you get sand in your mouth at the beach. Associate your problem food with having sand in your mouth. That gritty taste.

And there are many more techniques you can use while in hypnosis to create negative associations with problem foods.

Through hypnosis, you can create positive associations with healthy foods and negative associations with problem foods.

About Tony Longobardi, Certified Hypnotist. Tony has a private hypnosis practice in Phoenixville and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce. Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, he teaches self hypnosis classes at Owen J. Roberts Adult Education in Pottstown and the Widener University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton.

You can contact Tony by phone at 610.659.0526
Email info@HypnosisByTony.com
For more info on Tony and Hypnosis, visit
www.HypnosisByTony.com

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Increase Your Metabolism with Hypnosis


Increase Your Metabolism with Hypnosis

Through hypnosis and by tapping into the power of your subconscious mind, you can accept the following suggestions to increase your metabolism.

In order for you to increase your metabolism, you need to eat a big breakfast, and then 5 small meals during the course of the day. A small snack a couple of hours after breakfast, a small lunch, a small snack a couple of hours after lunch, a small dinner, and a small snack a couple of hours after dinner. Remember, skipping meals actually slows your metabolism. If you skip meals, you’ll become ravenous and overeat. People who practice yoga are called yogis. Yogis eat little and often. So remember to eat like a yogi, eating little and often.

Another way to increase your metabolism is to build muscle. Your body burns 50 calories a day to burn each pound of muscle, and only 2 calories a day to burn each pound of fat. So the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn automatically, just to maintain that muscle. The best way to build muscle is to do weight bearing exercises. If you can’t lift weights, then you can always walk. People have tremendous success building muscle and losing weight by simply walking everyday. In order to increase your metabolism, you need to eat more fiber. More fruits, vegetables, and bran. A high fiber diet will increase your metabolism.

A good visual representation or guided imagery to help your subconscious mind increase your metabolism is to think about a fireplace. Imagine you can hear the sound of a crackling log in a fireplace. And as you hear the sound of a crackling log in a fireplace, and you smell the aroma of the flames, and you feel the warmth of the fire, this helps you to see a fireplace in your mind’s eye. Imagine adding small amounts of kindling to keep the log burning. Imagine using a bellows to add oxygen to the fire to keep it burning. That’s how your metabolism works. Eating small amounts of food, just like adding small amounts of kindling to a fireplace, will allow your metabolism to burn up food and fat like a fireplace burns up an old log. Every so often when you’re eating stop and take deep breaths, just like using a bellows on a fire, to allow your metabolism to continuously burn up food. Visualize yourself burning up food and fat like a fireplace burns up and old log. When you sit down to eat say to yourself “I burn up food and fat like a fireplace burns up an old log” and create a visual representation of a fireplace burning up an old log and you adding kindling and oxygen to the fire. That’s the way your metabolism works.

About Tony Longobardi, Certified Hypnotist. Tony has a private hypnosis practice in Phoenixville and is a member of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce. Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, he teaches self hypnosis classes at Owen J. Roberts Adult Education in Pottstown and the Widener University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Exton.

You can contact Tony by phone at 610.659.0526
Email info@HypnosisByTony.com 


For more info on Tony and Hypnosis, visit
www.HypnosisByTony.com