HYPNOTIC GASTRIC BANDING – WHAT, WHY, HOW?

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 12.25.00 PMBefore describing the process of “fitting” a hypnotic gastric band, I would like to briefly outline the benefits.

1.  there is no actual invasive surgery. In a bizarre Catch 22 situation, it is only obese people who need a gastric band fitted – and yet so often they are refused bariatric surgery precisely because they are obese, and therefore there are risks associated with the anaesthetic. A hypnotic gastric band poses no such dangers.

2.  there are very real risks associated with both gastric band and gastric by-pass surgery. Official NHS figures quote 2 in 100 people die as a direct result of bariatric gastric banding and the figure is even higher for gastric by-pass surgery. There are no such risks with hypnotic gastric banding.

3.  it is simple, it is painless, there is no long preparation process or in-patient stay. It is one session in a comfortable treatment room.

4.  it is much cheaper than having a surgical gastric band fitted privately. A local private clinic is currently charging almost £6,500 for the procedure: with me, a gastric band is “fitted” as the conclusion to a programme of three other sessions. The cost of all four sessions – assuming the gastric band is “fitted” – would be just under £500.

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When a client comes to see me asking to have a gastric band fitted, I turn things on their head. Before “fitting” a gastric band, I will work with the client to uncover the real reasons why the client is holding onto that excess weight. In my experience, it can be due to a number of reasons: abuse in childhood; bullying at school; a particularly painful relationship split-up; the forced termination of a pregnancy; the loss of a baby at childbirth or at an early age, and more.  Over the first three sessions, we will explore spirit “passengers” (is the client feeding a spirit with a sweet tooth, perhaps?); past lives (did the client starve to death in one or more past lives?); and we will “bring home” those parts that may have split off and be stuck in time through trauma in this lifetime. If that all sounds a bit strange, I understand, but trust me – it is tried and tested, and although it may be a bit weird, it certainly works! After all of that has been done, it is often the case that the client feels so much better – lighter, brighter, more comfortable with themselves and so on – that he / she decides not to have a gastric band after all, and that is perfectly OK by me.

If the decision is to go ahead, then it is one more session like the others. I will put the client into a lovely deep state of relaxation, and then talk them through the whole process, from being in a private room at a private clinic and having a briefing with the surgeon through the pre-med and anaesthetic; through the actual procedure and back into their room where they wake up feeling wonderful. Then there are some strong suggestions relating to new instructions to the unconscious about the fact that the gastric band is now in place, what it means and what the outcomes will be.

What a gastric band actually does is to create a “smaller stomach” – imagine your stomach going from an 0 to an 8 with a smaller portion at the top. The gastric band – actually a hollow tube that can be filled with liquid to tighten it if need be, or have the liquid taken out to loosen it – creates a smaller stomach so that the person feels fuller sooner. Food is taken in as usual, and is processed through the stomach into the intestines in the normal way, which is important as the body is able to absorb the nutrients (not so with a by-pass).  With a smaller intake of food – and, we hope, a sensible diet – the client loses weight at a slow, steady rate that the body can cope with, rather than a drastic weight loss that can lead to rolls of unhealthy, unsightly flab which often results in another surgical operation to remove it.

If you are considering having a gastric band “fitted”, or just want to talk about shifting some of that weight that you’ve been holding on to for far too long – call me on 07597 020 512 and let’s have a chat.