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Gastric Band Hypnotherapy

A new weight loss method for hypnotherapy has been sweeping the UK and abroad lately. Originally started in Spain, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy is causing a sensation amongst therapists and clients alike. 

So what is it, and what does it involve?

Well basically it is method used to convince clients that they have undergone actual gastric band surgery thereby allowing them to experience all the benefits of having a gastric band fitted without having to go through the trauma of surgery or suffering side effects. Obesity has become one of the world's biggest problems resulting in mortality and lower life expectancy. In the UK alone 17% of men and 21% of women are obese (a body mass index of more than 30 kg/m2 ). 

Gastric band surgery is expensive, typically costing between £4000 and £9000 per client. Not only is this out of reach for many people classed as obese it is also a great burden on the NHS. As an alternative, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy is cost effective and without the side effects associated with the surgical procedure. The key to the process is in changing clients behaviour/habits when it comes to over-eating. There is no point in "fitting" a virtual gastric band if the underlying problems are not addressed. By using a combination of CBT techniques and visualisation it is possible to address the emotional and psychological reasons why a client over-eats. Once this is dealt with you can move on to the "gastric band" phase where the client is taken through gastric band surgery by using visualisation and utilising sound effects. Clients undergoing this process have reported feeling their "stitches" pull and a slight discomfort (which fades) in their stomachs where the band is fitted! 

While this type of therapy is not for everyone, it is ideal for those clients who have emotional or psychological reasons for their obesity. Normally clients are only suitable if the have a high BMI (=>30) although it has successfully been used with clients having a BMI of 25 and above. This may be a radical idea but even the NHS is looking at this method as a cost saving alternative. Watch this space!

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