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Nikki Galleymore
Hypnotherapist and Counsellor

 B.A. Psychology and Sociology - Member EAPH
 Advanced Dip.Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
Advanced Dip. CBT ~ Dip. Gastric Virtual Band



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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975 and over 39% of adults are overweight, whilst 13% are clinically obese. Being overweight is linked to high blood pressure, high HDL cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, coronary heart disease, a stroke, gall bladder problems and premature death.

Anyone with a BMI above 25 is considered overweight whilst a BMI above 30 is considered obese. Excess weight is clearly a problem many people face. When a client consults for hypnotherapy to obtain weight loss, it can be presumed that their weight has become problematic for them and that there is a genuine desire to change. Typically the client has tried various diets and fads with limited or temporary success, but in the long term, the underlying reasons for their bad eating habits remain unresolved and they ultimately revert to maladaptive eating behaviours. There are many reasons why people indulge in unhealthy eating— emotional, social, psychological, familial or cultural factors may be involved.

Every overweight person has their unique set of triggers for their bad eating habits. Many suffer from low self-esteem and a sense of failure for their inability to control their eating. Gastric Hypnotic Band Therapy is a safe, natural and highly effective weight loss programme.It combines Hypnotherapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and all areas of the individual client’s life are explored in order to determine how their relationship with food has developed. Typically, the first three sessions are used for exploration whilst simultaneously introducing positive changes to the client’s lifestyle. Once the client and hypnotherapist have uncovered the core reasons that led to the eating problems, they can then start to change the client’s relationship with food and how they actually feel about eating.

Hypnosis is a profound state of relaxation where the mind becomes more porous, open and susceptible to change and it is an invaluable tool to use when changing habitual behaviour. By working with the subconscious that more readily takes on board positive suggestions, the client is introduced not only to healthier eating habits, but to suggestions designed to enhance the way they feel about themselves and that encourage success. Usually during the fourth session, the actual “virtual gastric band” is fitted using hypnosis to recreate an operating room environment. It is a powerful session and it is designed to reinforce the individual client’s prior therapeutic journey, as well as fit the band. The client is then asked to return in a few weeks so that progress can be monitored, an evaluation of their needs can be made and the band tightened or loosened if necessary.

Gastric Hypno Band therapy is consistently being reported as being as effective as, and frequently more effective than traditional Gastric (Bariatric) Band surgery . Not only is it a safer option, as there is no invasive surgery or risk of complications, but it is also cost effective. Perhaps the greatest advantage of the Gastric Hypnotic Band is the holistic approach towards weight loss, where the mind/body connection of unhealthy eating patterns is focused on. Treating the underlying emotional problems associated with weight gain and creating a better self image in the client, creates the maximum chance for success.