The Virtual Gastric Band/Sleeve Hypnotherapy

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    The Virtual Gastric Band/Sleeve Hypnotherapy is a remarkable weight loss program, and one which has been pioneered in the UK. As the name suggests, the system utilizes the concept of a "virtual" gastric band sleeve and clinical hypnotherapy. It successfully harnesses the power that every individual holds within them to make changes to their lives.

    People all over are aware that heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are to name but a few of the conditions which see an increased health risk from obesity and being overweight. People are now looking to alternative methods of weight-loss after experiencing little success with traditional methods such as dieting, healthy eating and exercise.

    In recent years, public interest for a procedure known as "gastric band" surgery has increased tenfold after a number of celebrity admissions and much media coverage. The actual surgery involves placing a restrictive device around the upper part of the stomach which will create a pouch only capable of holding a certain amount of food. This reduced space where food will now go after a meal and you will fill far more rapidly than the entirety of the stomach, meaning the feeling of fullness will happen much more quickly and consumption will be reduced.

    Although gastric bands can be highly successful in many cases, around 80% of patients will experience unpleasant side effects such as nausea and regurgitation of food. In addition to this, those who do not adjust well to the band may have to have it removed which again means more discomfort. The procedure requires a strict criteria of who may qualify, a long waiting list, a very heavy price tag - on the average $25,000 in the U.S. – and with a long list of potential side effects - has caused people to look into alternative options, one of which is gastric band hypnotherapy.

  • "My hypnotherapist, Patti Heredia, has changed my life. After years of struggling with weight management the Virtual hypno-band and the related work has truly changed my life. I am happy and living a healthy lifestyle - free from the demons of overeating – I enjoy life and healthy food and exercise. I would highly praise this form of therapy. No magic wand, have to be committed to change and willing to work with the therapist – but the result are fantastic."

    ~Hazel's Story

  • What the VGBS Hypnotherapy is and how it works

    The Virtual Gastric Band/Sleeve hypnotherapy technique involves the use of hypnotherapy, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to convince individuals that they have had a gastric band fitted but without the fears, risks, cost and side effects of going through the actual surgical procedure. It is a non-surgical technique which uses the power of hypnosis to retrain you to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food. It changes how you think about food and gives very safe, very predictable results. The clinical hypnotherapy convinces the brain that the stomach is full after a certain level of intake, and that there is no need for more food. The client is effectively retrained to listen to their bodily signals and will learn to notice when their stomach has received enough food to nourish the body instead of over-eating.

    It is most definitely NOT a diet – we know that diets only work in the short term. The Virtual Gastric Band/Sleeve technique allows you to eat when you want, but will enable you to intake smaller portions. Those smaller portions will satisfy the person's needs while allowing them to lose weight in a controlled, predictable manner. And, because it is not a diet, you won't feel deprived, miserable or hungry, the issues which cause diets to fail. As the Virtual Gastric Band/Sleeve effectively negates these issues, you are left with a long term solution to your weight problems. The VGBS procedure is undertaken as part of a weight management program that educates the subconscious and changes behaviors including shopping for food, perceptions of foods and recognizing foods that cause harm. It also brings about changes including a want to participate in safe exercise at your own pace and to drink more fluids, to help both weight loss and detoxification.

    The medical procedure reduces the physical size of the stomach, and may achieve the same result, but the Virtual Gastric Band/Sleeve technique can be undertaken quickly and privately, without the lengthy delay of hospital waiting lists, and of course carries no costly invasive surgery, no risks and no on-going medical treatment.

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    What does the treatment involve?

    The first meeting will be a free initial consultation. This stage of the process will involve a discussion regarding your eating habits, what weight loss methods have already been tried, mental health and attitude towards food.

    This session is an opportunity for me to gather information about you so I can ensure treatment is personally tailored to best suit your needs. I also will be able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the Hypnosis procedure.

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    The "operation"

    The procedure itself will be intended to mimic that of the real surgical procedure, implementing the use of sound to make the experience more authentic. I will begin by taking you into a deeply relaxed state which will see your pulse rate drop to a rate not far from the level it falls to while you are asleep. In this state of deep relaxation your subconscious can then be accessed and you will be far more susceptible to positive suggestion.

    You will then be taken through the operation step by step and throughout the procedure and though you will be deeply relaxed, you will be still remain aware of what's going on around you. I will take you through the entire procedure from being put under the anesthesia, to the first incision, to the closing off the gastric band to having the final stitch put in.

    Soon after the procedure is complete individuals will hopefully feel the sensation of fullness after just a few mouthfuls of food which will mean they feel hungry less often and eat less when they do eat.

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    Aftercare and how much weight can I expect to drop?

    Individuals usually find they achieve a steady ongoing weight-loss until a more natural body weight is reached. The program is tried and tested with clinically proven results. Clients experience weight loss of typically 3-5 pounds a week. It really depends on how much you have to lose. The initial consultation will determine achievable goals. You will be returning for a total of three more sessions. I will be monitoring the weight loss and seeing if an adjustment to the gastric band/sleeve is needed (this is also a requirement of actual surgery) to either speed or slow down the weight-loss.

    Additional follow-up sessions will involve the use of cognitive behavior techniques, neuro linguistic programming techniques as well as hypnosis to help individuals to identify and understand their actions and take responsibility for them, a technique which will help a great deal in preventing the same problem from reoccurring in the future. All sessions will be recorded – clients are instructed as how to listen to and use the recordings.

    Patients are also encouraged to return for "top-off" sessions for long term weight management which would address other issues beyond weight management which could surface.

    So what do you have to lose except the extra pounds? Start your journey now and contact me for your initial free consultation.

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