Up In Smoke: 7 Hypnotherapy Myths Debunked

The Kerry Gaynor Method is designed to help people stop smoking – in a week or less. Sound too good to be true? You’d think so, until you learn that thousands of people have used the method successfully. Okay, that’s not really moving to a skeptic either. For us, all skepticism about this hypnosis-based addiction program leapt out the window when we found out that one of Pressed Juicery’s own founders, Hedi Gores, used the method to quit smoking herself. Hedi is the picture of natural health, with her finger on the pulse of what’s new in everything from fitness to nutrition, but, like every person reading, had that one area of struggle. To quit smoking is arguably one of the toughest habits to kick.

We asked Kerry Gaynor’s team to tell us a little bit about the method and it’s main tenet which is hypnotherapy. Here’s what Hedi had to say about her own experience with the method: “I saw immediate results after my very first session with Kerry. His approach is easy to understand and yields results that last. The videos were easy to use and I got to do the work in the privacy of my own home which is truly special. Kerry has changed my life and now whenever I use the DVDs or have a session with him I feel deep gratitude for having him in by life and for improving the quality of my life.”

The Kerry Gaynor team thought they’d take this opportunity to debunk a few common myths about hypnotherapy. Read through their list as they shoot down excuses one-by-one, then enter to win the method for yourself or someone you love…

The myth: The hypnotherapist will be able to control your mind/thoughts; you will lose control or surrender your will while under hypnosis.

The reality: The hypnotherapist helps to guide you into the hypnotic state; he or she does not control you or your thoughts during hypnosis. Most people find hypnotherapy and the hypnosis portion in particular to be very relaxing, calming and even enjoyable. Hypnosis is not at all what the movies have led us to know or believe – there is no animal noises, swinging pocket watches, or other bizarre antics.

The myth: There is no evidence that hypnosis actually works.

The Reality: Hypnosis has been used for many decades to treat everything from anxiety disorders to addictions. More and more studies and reports, like this one, are being published that proves it’s effectiveness. In our case, about 85% of the people we tested who used The Kerry Gaynor Method have quit smoking.

The myth: Hypnotherapy is supernatural or “magical”.

The reality: Hypnosis is actually completely natural. Most people experience hypnosis every single day – whether it’s right before they fall asleep or even at your desk when you “zone out” for a moment and snap back.

The myth: Hypnosis is dangerous

The reality: Hypnosis is completely safe and natural. One of the many perks of hypnosis is that there are no negative side effects. You also do not have to rely on any medicines, or things like the patch, gum, etc.

The myth: You will become dependent on the hypnotherapist.

The reality: Because the hypnotist’s job is only to guide you through hypnosis and then out of it you will not become dependent on him because you are in control of yourself from beginning to end.

The Myth: Hypnosis can’t help with physical ailments

The reality: Recently, hypnotherapy has become a highly regarded and more clearly understood method of helping to cure people of physical ailments. Much research is being done on the success of hypnosis in many treatments including those in cancer and terminal illness.

The Myth: Hypnosis is similar to sleeping

the reality: Hypnosis occurs between waking consciousness and sleep. You are not actually asleep during hypnosis. It’s similar to that woozy state you experience when you first wake up in the morning.

Win the method to try yourself:

We’re giving away one full set of The Kerry Gaynor Method DVDs. Within the comfort of your own home, you could be on your way to a smoke-free life in 7 days. Here’s how to enter: Join our newsletter, then leave your comment below about breaking addiction and your own journey toward a more healthy lifestyle. May the best comment win!

Giveaway open to US residents only. Winner announced Monday, April 28 at 5PM PST.

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  1. I would greatly appreciate being entered for a chance to win the Kerry Gaynor Method DVD’s. I desperately need to quit and have not been able to do so. Thank you.

    Victoria C | 04.25.2014 | Reply
  2. My husband and I are trying to quit, but it’s been difficult. These DVDs sound like they could work!

    Lauren | 04.25.2014 | Reply
  3. Hey Chalkboard ppl!

    Thank you for this article and empowering people to take charge of their lives! My earliest memories involve my mum spoking, which is now pushing 30 years! I am preparing my body for a bubba of my own, and my mind often goes to my mother and how much I want her around for as long as possible. Smoking is a huge emotional crutch for her, and I think she would value greatly from the The Kerry Gaynor Method DVD. Thank you! Rachel

    Rachel | 04.25.2014 | Reply
  4. My husband is trying to quit before we start trying to have a baby and I would love to be able to give him this in order to facilitate the process – and to get on to the babymaking!!

    Michelle Henderson | 04.28.2014 | Reply

    The Chalkboard | 04.28.2014 | Reply
  6. I just stumbled across this 11/12/14. Oh how I wish I had heard about this before !! I’ve tried to many times to quit smoking. I have been off work for over 3 months due to an auto immune disease. I want to try this so bad but money is an issue !!

    Brenda Britt | 11.12.2014 | Reply
  7. Hello, I have smoked ever since I was a little girl and am now 57years old. I have had cancer surgery twice. I have tried every thing to help me quit. I didn’t know what else to do. I am in the hospital for other things at this time. Could not sleep and had the tv on. Caught your commercial briefly only to write the name down so I could look you up (had the name spelt wrong) but found you. This is my last thing I know to do. My doctors say I HAVE TO QUIT.

    Felicia | 06.05.2016 | Reply
  8. We live hypnosis every day. Hypnosis is awesome! Our mind is awesome.

    Erika | 04.29.2018 | Reply
  9. It was Kerry’s tapes that helped me quit for 3 months and that was 2017 and I need it now! It works without withdrawal or weight gain just changes your mind! I really found it to be the best method I ever tried and I have tried pills, patches, gum, cold turkey…

    Lori | 01.28.2020 | Reply
  10. I would also like to have a copy of Kerry’s tapes. They are pretty expensive to buy and I am retired and on a fixed income so it would be hard for me to afford. I really need to quit smoking and I have tried everything out there that people commonly use but no success, yet. Please…

    Barb | 04.26.2021 | Reply

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