A Simpson man who smoked more than 80 cigarettes a day says he quit smoking after trying hypnotherapy.
John Cronin, owner of the Simpson pub, said kicking his habit had been
“easy” after just one session with a hypnotherapist in Colac.
“There’s been no mood swings. I’ve tried all the others like patches, but you get mood swings,” he said.
Mr Cronin said he heard about hypnotherapy through one of his clients and decided to try it for the sake of his health and his family.
He has since stopped smoking, and stopped craving the cigarettes that were sucking $70 a day from his wallet.
Mr Cronin said he felt like he was “floating on a cloud” during his one-hour session.
“You’re conscious the whole time. I’ve never been so relaxed,” he said.
Clinical hypnotherapist Joy Brennan said hypnotherapy was different to its depictions on TV or at the movies.
“They think they’re going to act silly or say something they don’t want to say,” she said.
“All hypnosis is a state of relaxation and being open to suggestions.”
Ms Brennan travels to Colac from Ballarat every Monday for consultations.
The Monday pages of her black planner are full of appointments with people wanting help to quit smoking, lose weight, stop drinking alcohol or even to stop biting their nails.
“It’s been unbelievable in Colac,” she said.
“I think it’s because it’s a small town and word gets around.”
Ms Brennan, who is also a hypnotherapy trainer, said the key to hypnosis was that people needed to want to change their habits.
“Hypnosis cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do,” she said.