Updated: Feb 1
A pioneering approach to weight loss which has helped transform the lives of nearly 9,000 people across the globe and is celebrating its 10th birthday.
Devised by internationally renowned hypnotherapist and published author Sheila Granger, the Virtual Gastric Band is a non-surgical technique using the power of hypnosis to retrain patients to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food.
Along with hundreds of qualified therapists across the globe, Hurstpierpoint based Clinical Hypnotherapist, Andrea Aro, was trained by Sheila and has worked with many clients using this therapeutic program.
Andrea said; ‘With Virtual Gastric Band hypnotherapy we are essentially convincing the brain that the stomach is full after a certain level of intake and that there is no need for more food.’
‘Above all, it is most definitely NOT a diet – we know that diets only work in the short term. The Virtual Gastric Band allows you to eat what you want but enables you to intake smaller portions. The best thing is that because it’s not a diet, people don’t feel deprived, miserable or hungry – which are the key issues that cause so many diets to fail.’
Sheila Granger’s Virtual Gastric Band concept evolved from the idea that our body has all the answers if we listen to it. For example if we have a pain in our foot, it is our body’s warning system that we need to be careful. We take note of that signal and respond appropriately. However, with food we’ve switched off to all the signals, so we eat when we aren’t even hungry or we eat when we are already full.
The Virtual Gastric Band resets and amplifies the natural signals from your stomach that lets you know that you are full.
Sheila Granger, who trained Andrea, comments; ‘I’ve taught this system to hundreds of other highly trained practitioners like Andrea across the globe who are helping people to harness the power that every individual holds within them to make changes to their lives.’
‘Although there are many options on the internet and apps that are similar to the virtual gastric band concept it is worth bearing in mind that these are generic recordings, and not tailored to an individual as they would be working with a trained therapist like Andrea.’
‘For best results it is important that sessions are tailored to an individual so that their unique food associations and habits can be addressed. The good news is that hypnotherapy can actually be performed online via Zoom or Skype from the comfort of someone’s own home. All that is required is a good internet connection and a qualified, professional therapist such as Andrea.’
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