My own personal experience is with the Sheila Granger method which I learnt in mid 2011 here in Australia. In my own experience and from what I learnt, virtual gastric banding is a fantastic tool for people who struggle with weight issues. The most important thing to point out here is that ‘weight loss’ is probably not the best term to describe it. I prefer to think of it as ‘weight management’. Unlike other diets and weight loss programs, virtual gastric banding is there for the long haul. It is all about changing patterns from the ground up so that the client can lose a little weight each week, but maintain this for long periods of time automatically.
So how does it work?
The hypnosis sessions that make up the procedure are usually done over 3 or 4 personal sessions with a qualified practititioner. The hypnotherapist instates the client into a comfortable trance and provides special suggestions to imply that the client has undertaken gastric band surgery (reducing the size of stomach and food intake). Over these sessions the illusion becomes more real to the client until a point at which they begin to automatically feel less hungry, therefore eating less and losing weight. It is designed so that this last permanently and happens automatically without having to think about it.
Additionally, many of the prgrams including the one I practice, give the client a CD to take home and use. Listening to this nightly helps ‘lock in’ the new concept and bring about better and quicker results.
How Can You ‘Trick’ the Brain like this?
There is a very strong connection between our mind and body. Under hypnosis this connection becomes more accessible by accessing what is known as the subconscious mind. By planting new ideas that the client has undergone gastric band surgery and that their stomach has shrunk, their subconscious will put this into place and subsequently appetite will decrease. To make the illusion more real, the sounds of a surgery room are actually played in the background throughout the sessions. After 4 sessions most people have completely adopted this new scenario into place and should last for the rest of their life.
Is it Dangerous?
When proper protocols are followed by fully qualified hypnotherapists, this procedure is absolutely 100% safe.Always research the method and the practitioner to make sure they are well recognized and have positive feedback. This is the same as anything really.
How is Virtual Gastric Banding Different to Hypnosis?
In essence virtual gastric banding is just a more refined hybrid of conventional weight loss hypnotherapy. It also utilises elements of NLP and visualisation techniques to make the virtual operation seem real. Conventional hypnosis tends to cover a wider array of issues concerned with weight loss whereas gastric banding is all about just focusing on creating the illusion of the stomach shrinking through the operation. By doing this it makes the direction more simple and the subconscious gravitates towards creating the illusion and quite simply reducing food intake to lose weight.
A Final Note
I hope this has shed some light for you on this procedure and that you understand how it all works. If you want to try this for your self, all enquiries are welcome for my own gastric band hypnosis program. You can book a gastric band hypnosis session here.