Hypnotherapy is effective in changing behaviours because it works your subconscious mind. That’s where automatic behaviours and processes take place like breathing, blinking and walking. Your subconscious is where your memories, your motivations and your beliefs come from. Most of these processes are completely automatic, which means you don’t need to think about them you just do them. For example, you don’t have to think about blinking or breathing in and out.
Clinical hypnotherapy is the application of the trance state of hypnosis for therapeutic purpose. A variety of techniques including Counselling and behavioural techniques to assist the client to overcome emotional or anxiety related problems.
Often clients wish to be able to achieve something which they currently perceive as being impossible, such as overcoming a phobia or an addiction or unwanted habit as smoking.
Hypnotherapy can only be applied very successfully in helping client to reduce their weight using a technique known as Gastric Band Hypnosis.
Long before the discovery of painkillers and anaesthetics, hypnotherapy has effectively been used to eliminate pain and conduct major surgery. Hypno -anaesthesia boosts the immune system whereas chemical anaesthesia lowers it, and blood loss increases.
One important focus of pain management involves examining the link between the body and mind. For many people, stress and anxiety are commonly experienced alongside pain and can exacerbate pain.
The perception of physical sensations is directly linked with the way that the mind responds to pain. Focusing on changing the thought patterns related to pain can make a huge difference to pain perception, and helping to reduce associated stress. Hypnosis enables you to focus on relaxation and let go of any distracting thoughts, by temporarily tuning-out the conscious part of your mind.
Hypnosis also opens you up to the power of suggestion - at which point your hypnotherapist can make suggestions to encourage pain relief.
A common misconception is that a hypnotherapist will try to convince you that your pain doesn't exist. Far from this, hypnotherapy as a form of pain management aims to deal with the fears and anxieties you have relating to your pain.
The therapy helps to reduce stress and relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain. Hypnosis can help you to refocus your mind, taking thoughts away from the pain to something more pleasant. For instance, a popular technique used by hypnotherapists is to ask you to imagine that you're somewhere peaceful and tranquil, like a beach.
Thinking about the colour of the sea, the feeling of the sun on your skin, or the sand between your toes will help to comfort the mind. Encouraging visualisation techniques in this way, helps to distract a patient away from their pain.
Gastric band hypnotherapy is a technique used to suggest to the subconscious that you've had a gastric band fitted around your stomach, to help you lose weight. Considered a last resort, gastric band surgery involves fitting a band around the upper part of the stomach.
What is a gastric band?
A gastric band is an adjustable silicone device used in weight loss surgery. The band is placed around the upper section of the stomach to create a small pouch above the device. This restricts the amount of food that can be stored in the stomach, making it difficult to eat large amounts. The aim of a gastric band is to restrict the amount of food a person can physically eat, causing them to feel full after eating very little to encourage weight loss. For most people who have this surgery, it is a last resort after trying other methods of weight loss. Like any surgery, fitting a gastric band comes with risks. There have also been cases of unpleasant side-effects and complications.
Some patients will suffer nausea and regurgitation. Those who do not adjust well to the band may need further surgery to adjust or remove it. Some people may think this type of surgery is a ‘quick-fix’, but patients need to meet a certain criteria, be healthy enough to undertake surgery and be committed to long-term weight loss. This means committing to changing their lifestyle and attending regular follow-ups. Undertaking surgery is a big step for anyone and one that considers a great deal of thought.
Most people will look to other options before going down this route; this is where gastric band hypnotherapy comes in. Gastric band hypnosis Gastric band hypnosis can be used to help people lose weight, without the risks that come with surgery. I would use a two-pronged approach. First to look to identify the root cause of your emotional eating.
Using hypnosis, I can encourage you to remember long-forgotten experiences surrounding food that may be subconsciously affecting you now. Addressing and recognising any unhealthy thought patterns surrounding food can be helpful before carrying out gastric band hypnotherapy. Next I would carry out the virtual gastric band treatment.
The procedure is designed to suggest, at a subconscious level, that you have had an operation to insert a gastric band. The aim is for your body to respond to this suggestion by making you feel fuller quicker, as if you had the real surgery. Explanation of why diets don't work for weight loss: "Diets don’t tend to deal with the permanent lifestyle changes required, such as a sustainable long-term change in our eating habits and attitude to food. Many diet plans are temporary and can be difficult to maintain on an on-going basis, often because they are too restrictive or they totally deprive us of our favourite foods.
These regimes can be adhered to short-term but don’t work so well in the long run. By causing us to count calories or consciously measure portion size or even totally omit types of foods, many diets can make us more obsessed with food and our eating. This can take the pleasure out of eating and can lead us to crave more of certain foods and a diet-overeat/binge cycle can start." How gastric band hypnosis works Using relaxation techniques I will put you into a state of hypnosis. In this relaxed state, your subconscious is more open to suggestion. At this point I will make suggestions to your subconscious.
With gastric band hypnotherapy, this suggestion is that you’ve had a physical band fitted. The mind is powerful, so if you’re subconscious accepts these suggestions, your behaviour will change accordingly. Usually, along with the ‘fitting’ of the virtual gastric band, suggestions surrounding confidence and behaviour will be made to help you commit to this change in lifestyle. I would also educate you on nutrition and exercise is often advised as well, to promote physical health and well-being.
Your first meeting with me will likely be an initial consultation where you discuss what you hope to gain from hypnotherapy. This is an opportunity to talk about any previous weight loss attempts, your eating habits, any health issues and your general attitude towards food. This information will give me a clearer idea of what will help and whether or not any other forms of treatment should be considered. The procedure itself is designed to mimic gastric band surgery, to help your subconscious believe it has really happened.
I will begin by taking you into a deeply relaxed state, also known as hypnosis. You will be aware of what is happening and will be in control at all times. Once you are in a hypnotic state, I will talk you through the operation. They will explain step by step what happens in surgery, from being put under the anaesthetic, to making the first incision, fitting the band itself and stitching up the cut.
Sounds and smells of an operating theatre will enhance the experience, to persuade your subconscious that what’s being said is really happening to you. As previously mentioned, other suggestions may be incorporated during the procedure to increase self-confidence. You are more likely to get what you want from gastric band hypnotherapy if you believe in the process and your therapist.
Being comfortable and trusting your hypnotherapist is essential. This is why it is advised that you take time to research hypnotherapists in your area and find out more about them, how they work and what their qualifications entail. You can arrange to meet with them before the procedure to ensure you feel comfortable with them. If you are committed to making a lifestyle change, believe in the procedure and trust me, gastric band hypnosis should work for you.
Research has shown that hypnotherapy can help relieve stress, fear, and anxiety. It can also be used to help in coping with the symptoms of panic disorder.
The person will bring awareness to the physical sensations, emotions, and cognitions associated with their attacks, such as chest pain, shaking, and fear. In my own programs you are guided by myself into a state of deep relaxation.
You do not have to do anything, just listen. All of us have the ability to experience deep relaxation, but for most of us, our head gets in the way. We try to relax by watching TV, sport, walking, but usually our head is engaged.
Thinking, analysing, chatting. In the guided hypnosis, I help you to disengage with your thought processes, and guide you into relaxation. You are not in a trance, you are still in control. During this deep relaxation, when your mind is quiet, your mind is more open to change.
I will help you to change your emotional responses and encourage your mind and body to produce a relaxation response.
How Hypnosis Can Help You Quit - An Overview
One theory of why hypnosis works for nicotine addiction: It provides us the ability to reframe our top-down thoughts. When you experience stimuli that may cause a craving, the mind already has associations in place that influence the response. You feel stress. The stress triggers thoughts of smoking as a stress reliever. And you react. But hypnosis helps you get to a frame of mind in which you alter these negative thought processes. How? Well, during hypnosis, you following relaxation and breathing techniques to reach a trance-like state.
This frame of mind is similar to daydreaming; you’re aware, but at the same time, the mind is disconnected. While in the trance-state, your mind is much more open to suggestions. It’s detached from the critical, conscious mind – the part of the mind that’s constantly looking for reasons to stay a smoker. Therefore, as a hypnotherapist I can provide you with more positive suggestions that “stick.” In other words, you’re setting up roadblocks for the automatic, top-down processes that are keeping the addiction in place.
So when you experience a smoking trigger, the mind doesn’t automatically react – it slows down and “listens” to this new information you’ve provided. Reframing Your Subconscious Thoughts Our subconscious thoughts are powerful and they form our perceptions. This explains why the phenomenon of the placebo effect occurs – our subconscious tells us it will work.
And through top-down processing, we send that information back down. Hypnosis works in a similar fashion. We’re providing our minds with new, more accurate information about smoking. Hypnotic suggestions – those delivered while in the trance state – might focus on how habits are automatic responses to thoughts and that we have complete control over our thoughts.
Or you might be given suggestions that reframe the smell of cigarette smoke, i.e. it smells like burning plastic.
Remember: · Smoking is poison · You need your body to live · You should respect your body and protect it