Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation


If you have tried everything to quit smoking, nicotine patches, lozenges, chewing gum, counselling, acupuncture and other smoking cessation methods, don’t give up yet!

Hypnosis for smoking cessation has been proven to be one of the most effective methods in helping people eliminate the habit and quit smoking.

Hypnosis involves creating a state of complete relaxation or trance from which focused concentration, heightened awareness and suggestibility helps the client accept the hypnotist’s directions. As a result, these “suggestions” remain with you and through repetition, your self-control and willpower is strengthened as you achieve your goal of being smoke free.

Completely safe, studies have proven hypnosis is one of the most effective methods that help people eliminate the habit and quit smoking, enabling them to live a healthier and longer life.

According to Health Canada, “Quit smoking and you’ll start feeling better within 24 hours. The minute you stop smoking, your body will begin cleansing itself of tobacco toxins. Two days after you quit, your risk of heart attack will start decreasing and that’s just the beginning.”

Become smoke free for life through hypnosis! Not only will you save a bag of money, you’ll have more time to spend it.

Book a free consultation or appointment now, with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, and receive a free CD, Be Smoke Free for Life ~ With Hypnosis.

The Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis is located at 522 George Street, Cobourg, Ontario K9A 3N2.



Experience Fibromyalgia Pain Relief With Hypnosis

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The never ending pain of Fibromyalgia can be overwhelming and if you haven’t ever experienced it, be thankful. It takes all of the joy out of your life. This continuing chronic disorder is recognized as widespread pain in the neck, spine, upper back, joints and knees, shoulders and arms and can be totally debilitating, physically and emotionally. Some report that it feels as if it’s moving from one place to another in the body.

As a Master Hypnotist, my experience has shown that hypnosis is indeed the perfect way to help reduce your stress, which is believed to increase production of the stress hormone, cortisol, increasing sensitivity to pain.

The deep relaxation experienced from hypnosis is excellent for reducing your body’s pain, regardless of the origin and increases a sense of comfort in your body, while improving your mood, naturally.

Fibromyalgia pain often causes sleep disorders, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety and although it is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the symptoms may be similar.

Hypnosis will help you feel instant relief by lowering your chronic pain levels, enabling you to feel more peaceful, calm and relaxed, energized and ready to face the day.

If you have any questions or concerns about hypnosis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And, when you’re ready to move forward in your life and overcome your pain click here to book a free 30 minute consultation or an appointment with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis in Ontario. Or, connect in person with Mary at 905-377-8585.

Overcome Fear with Hypnosis


I love the ocean and everything about it; swimming in it, feeling the spray on my skin, hearing the sound of the waves, seeing the endless colours or just breathing it in. And having spent the last month in the Hawaiian Islands, I am reminded of my very first experience with hypnosis.

I was newly married and visiting my husband’s family in Ann Arbour, Michigan, for the first time. Anxious to fit in, when it was suggested we should all see one of the most popular movies of the summer, I agreed. It wasn’t until we were approaching the theatre that I realized the movie was Jaws.

I had seen the trailers with severed limbs floating down through the water and I knew myself well enough to know that this was definitely NOT for me. After much cajoling, I gave in to peer pressure. From the beginning, I knew it was a mistake. For me, it was indeed off the chart horrifying.

The day after the movie, it was decided we should go for a swim in the lake. As the others rushed ahead, I found myself exceeding anxious about going into the water. Willing myself in, my feet attempted to move through the uneven floor of muck, seaweed, old pieces of wood and discarded bottles, which only increased my anxiety. Again, my new “friends” told me I was being silly. There definitely was nothing to be afraid of, especially in Lake Michigan. I could not be convinced.

Later that summer, I found myself in the office of a Hypnotist. I don’t really remember how this came about or who he was. However, after a few exercises to engage my imagination and quiet my conscious mind, I was ready.

It all seemed pretty easy. And, as I became more and more relaxed, positive suggestions were introduced to help me overcome my fear. I left the session feeling peaceful, calm and hopeful. The next time I visited the lake, I managed to get down the stairs on the dock and touch the water, but was still extremely frightened.

After two more visits to the hypnotherapist, I was able to not only enter the water, but swim. All in all, hypnosis became an extremely positive experience, one that enabled me to return to something I loved.

As a Master Hypnotist, I’ve had the opportunity to help others overcome their fears or phobias. All real, all terrifying; from dentists and needles, heights and flying, dying and sleeping, claustrophobia and panic attacks, public speaking and fear of success, and yes, even fear of terrorism.

My own experience and that of my clients, continues to fuel my enthusiasm for helping people heal naturally through hypnosis.

And as for Jaws, I say “Bite me.”

If you have any questions or concerns about hypnosis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And, when you’re ready to move forward in your life and overcome your fears, click here to book a free 30 minute consultation or an appointment with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis in Ontario. Or, connect in person with Mary at 905-377-8585.


Let Love In…with Hypnosis


At some time in our lives, we create a protective wall around us because we have been hurt and are afraid. We create a mask to prevent people from seeing how wounded or vulnerable we actually are. We are afraid others will find we’re “not worthy” or “loveable” And, we begin to believe what we tell ourselves.

These feelings are based on irrational fear, so we push others away. We like to give the impression we are strong, confident and in control of our lives and we “don’t need anybody, thank you very much”.

From time to time, the mask may begin to slip, because holding it in place is exhausting.

No matter how long you have lived with this habit or pattern of telling yourself you’re not “good enough”, now it’s time to reconnect with the inner goodness you were born with and celebrate your innate capacity to love and “be loved”.

Through hypnosis, anything is possible. And when you’re ready, I can help you.

Click here for more information or to make an appointment or free consultation with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis.


In Control of Incontinence ~ With Hypnosis


Incontinence. There, I’ve said it. It’s hard to talk about an overactive bladder, let alone experience it.

Although times have changed from when such things were not discussed, incontinence still remains a bit of a taboo.

For a while now, you have been concerned about a problem you have had with incontinence and this has caused you great embarrassment and inconvenience. You think you’re the only one, but in truth, the loss of bladder control is quite common, especially as women get older.

It may range from dripping, occasionally leaking urine, not only when coughing unexpectedly or heaven forbid, sneezing! Or, having it creep up on you when you are away from home (perhaps standing at the bank machine) and a tidal wave hits and you are trying to be … so still, holding your breath, clenching, unable to move, let alone find a bathroom.

Is there a cure for incontinence, other than medication and invasive surgery? Is there a natural remedy to overcome your urinary incontinence, other than strengthening the pelvic floor muscles? Absolutely!

The British Medical Journal indicated that 86% of women with overactive bladders who participated in a recent study reported that after repeated sessions of hypnotherapy, their symptoms had disappeared completely or considerably improved. In other words, hypnosis was a successful treatment for 86% of the participants in the study.

Hypnosis refers to a natural peaceful, meditative state of focused concentration in which positive suggestions are introduced into your subconscious mind. Within this state, the subconscious mind is easily accessed to directly effect change at a very deep level. This can literally change your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, habits and how you behave and react in any situation.

Learning how to access your own inner healing resources will enable you to find a way of controlling your bladder and begin to heal your body on all levels.

Hypnosis has been shown to be safe, gentle and effective. From day one, you will experience lasting, positive changes in your stress and your confidence. Your mind will become calmer and clearer, you will feel happier and healthier, releasing stress and anxiety and restoring confidence in yourself and in control of your bladder.

To learn more about how hypnosis might help you, schedule a complimentary consultation or an appointment with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless at www.masterhealer.ca, (905) 377-8585 or at mary@masterhealer.ca.

Mary McCandless is a Master Healer and an NGH Certified Master Hypnotist/NLP & Certified Hypnosis Instructor residing in Ontario.


Looking outside, everything is vibrating with new life as the snow has finally disappeared. The magnolia tree has begun the resurgence of fuzzy buds, reminiscent of pussywillows. The redbud tree is starting to pink up, the daffodils are indeed beginning to surface through the chicken wire and the clematis, I thought was dead, shows signs of resurrection. Ah, Spring, when a young girl’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…of gardening.

Searching the garden for anything that will give me an excuse to get out and “root and snort”, there it is. The sign. A teeny, weenie violet is the first to show its sweet little face, right there in the middle of a pile of decaying leaves.

As I head inside to gather my tools, I hear my beloved JO (the Infection Control Specialist) reminding me, “Put something on your feet and don’t forget your gloves!”

Like my sister, my Mother and her Mother before her, I am happiest in the garden. It is my sanctuary. I just can’t wait to get my hands in the dirt, feeling the warm soil between my fingers. Gloves?

Well, in truth, a well-fitting pair of garden gloves, whether they come from the dollar store or the local garden center, allows the same feeling of closeness with nature, but helps protect you from all the germs present in the soil. Germs?

Just think, some animal in your neighborhood has used your lovely garden as a litter box and many intestinal worms are now call it home. Yuck! My beautiful garden doesn’t feel quite so inviting.

While gloves cannot protect your hands 100% from these ever present germ hitchhikers, they may spare your tender skin from ten minutes of being scrubbed with a brush to get the dirt out from under your nails. Yes, we’ve heard of scraping a bar of soap with our fingernails to help prevent the collection of dirt, but who really does it?

What kind of bugs are we talking about? Well, we’re talking about lots of different gut pathogens (disease causing germs) that come from the feces (poop) of wild and domestic animals; squirrels to chipmunks, raccoons to birds, cats to dogs.

There are also parasites present in dirt, like pin worms and toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite very dangerous to pregnant women that may infect the baby. Pin worms on the other hand are often discovered in children who like to eat dirt.

Skin scratches from rose bushes and other thorny vegetation can readily become infected with various dirt carried pathogens.

Gardening is good exercise and a great stress reliever, but don’t neglect to keep your hands and feet clean. Yes, your feet. Shoes are a must as well.

Cracks or wounds in your feet allow germs and tetanus can get in. Tetanus is not fun and lockjaw is unattractive. Tetanus is infection of the nervous system with a potentially deadly bacteria which may remain inactive in the soil, but can remain infectious for more than 40 years.

Germs found in dirt can contaminate wounds that you may get in the garden, especially if you step on your rake, not to mention being hit in the head.

But, perhaps the best reason to wear gloves and shoes is to maintain your manicure.

For a healthy and happy “diggin’ in the doit” kinda day; grab a bottle of water, sunscreen, take your hat and gloves and go outside. Breathe deep, sing loud and enjoy what nature has to offer.

And, if your garden is overflowing with things to share, call me.

Hypnosis Re-Educates the Subconscious Mind

Healing Through Hypnosis

By Catherine Hawley, Women Without Offices
From: www.northumberlandtoday.com

Is hypnosis a viable treatment to help overcome fears, pain or other problems in life? According to Mary McCandless, Certified Master of Clinical Hypnosis, absolutely. The benefits one can experience from hypnosis can be life altering. Hypnosis refers to a peaceful state of mind or a meditative state in which the conscious mind is quieted and the subconscious mind becomes open to positive suggestions which can, literally, change your thoughts, feelings, perceptions and behaviors. Hypnosis has many practical applications for anxiety, trauma, habit control, self-esteem, performance anxiety, recovery and more. I believe that when we use the power of our minds, we can do anything.

A warm, engaging and compassionate woman, with an infectious laugh and an innate sensitivity, McCandless strives to help people use the power of their mind to experience positive, lasting changes in life. And she takes her profession very seriously, saying “Unfortunately, misconceptions about hypnosis are rampant. This is definitely not a parlour game, nor an entertainment event. One does not lose control while in a trance, nor would you do anything you wouldn’t normally do.

She speaks from both experience and education. Her personal interest in hypnosis was a natural evolution. During her lengthy and successful career as a professional actress and singer in musical theatre, she realized she had a special gift for helping people to heal. Studying and practicing in several healing modalities eventually led her to explore hypnosis to overcome her own fear of water. And the rest, as they say “is history”.

McCandless studied to become a Consulting Hypnotist and a Licensed Clinical Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists, each of which required a great deal of study and practical work, as well as providing very detailed case studies. Later she went on to become a Master Hypnotist and a Certified Hypnosis Instructor. It was a by-chance turn off the highway that brought her to Cobourg initially. She experienced such an affinity to the area that she decided to relocate from Toronto and open her home office on Albert Street, which she refers to as “Here, at the end of the rainbow”.

Some of the most common goals her clients arrive with include overcoming fears, eliminating anxieties and phobias, smoking cessation and dealing with weight Issues. “Often though,” she explains, “people come to me to work on one thing, but find that, through the process, other issues surface. Most often these ‘others’ are subconscious issues.

The theory of hypnosis is that many of the problems people struggle with have a subconscious base. Changing unwanted habits involves changing behavior patterns, but the subconscious also needs to learn ‘positive’ patterns and unlearn ‘stress’ patterns. Hypnosis re-educates the subconscious to feel, think and solve problems in healthier ways, and is extremely valuable for children too, helping them to improve concentration, develop self confidence, overcome bedwetting and many more concerns.”

To learn more about how hypnosis might help you, for a complimentary consultation or to schedule an appointment, you can reach McCandless at www.masterhealer.ca, (905) 377-8585 and at mary@masterhealer.ca

Author, Catherine Hawley, Certified Professional Organizer & Home Staging expert, specializes in extensive downsizing services for seniors and preparing homes for the real estate market. 905-375-6542, info@downsizingsolutions.ca & www.womenwithoutoffices.com

KYANITE Healing Properties

KYANITE Healing Properties

As a Master Healer, my experience has proven Kyanite to be perfect for promoting the ability to express oneself, speaking confidently, easily and effortlessly. This highly vibrational stone is ideal for wearing around your neck, as Kyanite has a definite calming influence and helps with the ability to focus.

Kyanite encourages positive energy as well, making it an excellent choice for people who are uncomfortable being in social settings or find themselves speaking in front of small or large groups; public speakers, teachers, businessmen, actors, etc.

Perfect for students doing homework or preparing for exams, Kyanite can be worn or simply placed on the desk to enhance concentration. When it comes time for taking an exam, again wear Kyanite around your neck or place it on the desk to achieve the desired effect.

With the stress levels that exist in day to day living, Kyanite is excellent for people who have so much on their minds, that the little things begin to feel impossible; finding your keys, your glasses, your car, etc. Women in the throes of menopause will find it to be especially helpful.

Kyanite’s restorative, healing energy helps the development of new ideas and thoughts, encouraging a feeling of lightness of mind and body. For those who feel “stuck” or unable to move forward, Kyanite is a perfect travelling companion in your life journey.

Kyanite is also excellent for attunement and meditation. Quieting your mind, it aligns with all the Chakras, removes energy blockages, helping you connect to your Guides, facilitating spiritual growth.

Kyanite has an amazing ability to cut off negativity. Archangel Michael’s sword is thought to be made of blue Kyanite. Margherita Crystal Lotus recommends to “hold a Kyanite blade in your hand and slowly remove any energetic cords and hooks stopping you from being in a relaxed and calm state’.

Kyanite comes in many colours, blue, green and a brownish black and although Kyanite is most recognized for opening the Throat Chakra, it is also helpful in the treatment of hearing disorders, eye problems and problems with sense of smell.

Kyanite never needs to be recharged.

Kyanite resonates with the number 4 and the Zodiac signs of Aries, Taurus and Libra. However, it can be worn or carried by anyone interested in its unique healing properties.

For the finest in natural Kyanite jewellery with exceptional healing energy, click here. Questions are always welcomed by mary@masterhealer.ca.

Pediatric Hypnosis

Hypnosis for Children

Children work very well with hypnosis and creative visualization, especially the younger ones. They already understand the world of imagination and they experience their world through colours, pictures, and daydreaming easily achieving the relaxed state necessary to work with the subconscious mind.

Children learn what they live. Anxiety and lack of self-esteem experienced in childhood can have a lasting effect on the rest of their lives. Stress abounds in our ever-changing world and pediatric hypnosis is an effective way to stabilize your child in her/his development, helping them to grow into healthy and happy individuals.

Some of the applications of Pediatric Hypnosis will help them to outgrow night time bed-wetting (enuresis), regardless of their age, while building confidence and self-esteem. Hypnosis for children is excellent for those who experience “bullying” at school.

Behaviour modification and letting go of habits is also helped significantly through hypnosis with children.

Learning skills such as focusing in school, enhanced memory, instilling a sense on motivation, releasing fear and feeling confident about examinations and tests are all possible through Pediatric Hypnosis.

Learning issues associated with ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) is normally treated by the medical profession with drugs, sometimes controversially, too much so. We are quick to label a child who is different. However, there are also some natural alternatives available.

Hypnosis can help teach focusing tools, reinforce social skills, build up self-esteem, manage anxiety symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD and manage anger.

Alleviating performance anxiety related to sports and special skills, are also achievable through hypnosis.

Hypnosis for children is also effective in helping with insomnia or night anxiety (fear of the dark, monsters, etc.) which may keep them from going to sleep. It is also excellent for helping them overcome other fears (medical or dental visits and preparing them for needles).

Children will also benefit from hypnosis as changes in their lives occur; changes in living space, family separation, first day of school, new schools, puberty, etc.

Children’s issues can involve a wide range of significant “others” in their lives; parents, siblings, rivals, teachers, etc.

As a Master Clinical Hypnotist, I teach children self-hypnosis or self-relaxation which helps them feel in control. I also provide a short reinforcement CD for play at bedtime, instilling the foundation that, I can do anything.

For more information on how hypnosis can change your life or the life of the child you love, click here.

Questions are always welcomed by mary@masterhealer.ca.

Natural Cures for Insomnia ~ What Direction Should the Head of My Bed Face?

“I don’t sleep well. Which direction should the head of my bed face? Does this really make a difference?” Absolutely!

As a Master Healer and Hypnotist, this is one of the most commonly asked questions when people consult me about their inability to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

Ideally, when sleeping, your head or the head of the bed, should be facing North. North represents quieting the mind, allowing self-introspection and promotes the warm, restorative, safe feeling that comes with a time of deep sleep or hibernation.

If necessary, the head of your bed can rest in front of a North window, as long as the window remains covered at night. If this is not possible, then the direction of the East is your best second choice.

Placing the head of your bed in the East, represents creativity and the beginning or start of absolutely everything. The mind is percolating. Consequently, your mind is more active and will not be able to quiet itself easily.

The conscious mind is basically your ego or critical mind which definitely needs to be quieted to enable letting go of the day and encouraging deep, restorative sleep.

When the head of the bed is the direction of the West, it keeps outside experiences or celebrations present and your conscious mind busy and eliminates the ability to rest.

The South is one of the most undesirable locations for the head of your bed to face. With your head facing South, your mind is always working, always doing something and you will awaken feeling exhausted.

Something else that is important when considering where to place the head of your bed, is to make sure it is not directly in front of the door to the room.

The constant flow of energy through this doorway will not enable you to rest. AND, having your feet facing the door is known as the “coffin” position or the ultimate “rest in peace” position.

If it is necessary to face a closet, make sure the closet remains closed at night. Why? Remembering that everything has energy, your closet and its contents, no matter how organized it is, will jumble your mind.

If you suffer from insomnia or the inability to quiet your mind and sleep soundly through the night, click here for Sweet Dreams! Questions are always welcomed by mary@masterhealer.ca

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