I feel a little strange at the moment writing about obesity and being overweight, because I now have my weight under control.
Is that control easy?
The answer is YES and the reason is that my behaviours and mindset are learned as a result of using self-hypnosis. My new weight mindset has given me new behaviours that are totally learned and permanent.
BUT let me first of all Offer Some Caution.
Self-Hypnosis WILL work AS LONG AS YOU WANT THE CHANGE.
My MOMENT Of Wanting To Change
Until I was forty I was basically TOO slim. After that, the middle age ballooning gradually crept upon me. I ignored most of the visible clues like having to use different holes on my belt, and the large numbers on the scales.
My own self image was that I was ok. In fact I thought that I looked right for many in his middle years.
Then came the awakening.
Babs (my better half) put some pictures (snaps!!) together in a frame and it was on our dining room wall.
I was shocked – yes really shocked when I saw this picture below. It was the moment that was decisive. My self image fantasy was exposed! I realised my justification about middle age rounding was rather self deluding!
What To Do?
Diets, surgery, hypnotherapy or what – I wanted a permanent change.
Diets: I looked into diets – but what restrictions, and there is so much evidence of yo yo results. A ‘no go’ area for permanent change.
Surgery: Surgery did not appeal – besides which I wasn’t massively obese.
Hypnosis: However Virtual Surgery with Hypnosis did appeal. You can go over the top with self-hypnosis and let the focused imagination get you to your desired results – permanently if done well.
Operating Table Bariatric Surgery or Virtual Hypnotic Gastric Band For Obesity
In the last couple of weeks obesity has been in the headlines. In fact the outgoing chief medical officer for England Prof Dame Sally Davies says children are “drowning in a flood of unhealthy food and drink options”. She has opened a public debate about adverts and banning eating food on local buses and trains.
Obesity is a growing problem throughout the developed world and is strongly correlated with ill health with a serious risk of ill health and then early death.
There was also another headline that caught my eye.
Obesity surgery can harm mental health.
A study has found that mental health problems including self harming, can increase after weight loss surgery. Researchers in Australia discovered that self harm was five times more common after gastric surgery operation than before.
Gastric Band Surgery – The Good News
In fact we are not talking about small numbers here in this study reported in the JAMA Psychiatric Journal. The Gastric Band surgery (Bariatric Surgery for Obesity) was carried out more than 6500 times in England in 2017 and 2018, that is an increase of almost 250% in a decade.
Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach, or by re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch
The surgery, can lead to dramatic weight loss. And even better there were also improvements in diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Gastric Band Surgery – The Not So Good Bits!
But there seems to be a downside with this physical surgery as There is concern that the surgery can exacerbate existing or underlying mental health problems.
Explanations range from
disappointment, not losing as much weight as expected through to a surgery altering levels of hormones, and gut bacteria that might affect the brain.
Obese patients are a vulnerable population when it comes to mental health, with as many as 40% having a pre-existing issues.
While bariatric surgery is the most reliable form of sustained weight loss. However there is still a high number of patients who who fail to lose the expected weight and or develop complications. Such a failure to meet original weight loss expectations could lead to increased anxiety and depression.
Tam Fry chairman of the National obesity forum said it was vital that patients receive psychiatric backup both before and after their operation.
However Surgery is Surgery and there can be all sorts of Side Effects – Physical as well as Mental.
The operation is now very safe.
Nonetheless, every single surgical operation carries some risks, in particular the risk of blood clots which can be increased with seriously overweight patients.
The other major disadvantage of physical surgery is cost which can be several thousand pounds to have the operation.
Both of these disadvantages are eliminated with a hypnotic gastric band.
Virtual Hypnotic Gastric Band – An Alternative Approach
Hypnotic suggestion works best with those with the right mindset and if you want the change!
HYPNOTIC GASTRIC BAND is a non-surgical ‘mind simulation surgery’
Gastric Hypnotherapy is a non-invasive form of weight loss hypnotherapy using suggestion and cognitive behavioural therapy to achieve the desired results.
There is no need to visit a hospital, doctor or nurse, ideal if you have a fear of any of these.
No form of hypnotherapy will work if you are not 100% committed.
Hypnotic Gastric band Is a scientific procedure. Also it can be used by people (a bit like me) who are overweight but not as obese as many that need surgical intervention. In other words without the risk you can go for this without the fear of surgical side effects
You listen to an audible programme, you can be as sceptical as you like.
You follow and focus on the audible instructions
And suddenly, your eating habits start to change.
You eat less.
You leave food on your plate, and you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
If you try to eat more, your body won’t let you
It makes you feel full. If you try to over ride it.
The weight drops off,
You feel an overwhelming sense of liberation. And best of all it almost seems too good to be true.
I know this because I have used our Hypnotic Gastric Band set of self-hypnosis audios which is in our Hypnosis For Download store and our Self-Hypnosis Membership website.
Your hypnotic gastric band is a psychological procedure that convinces your mind that you’ve had a gastric band fitted, so your body behaves exactly as if you’ve had the gastric band
Feeling happy with smaller portions and your stomach saying that’s enough
Losing weight and enjoying your food.
A hypnotic operation also resets and natural signalling system for your body so your brain knows when you’ve had enough to eat.
You will simply find smaller portions completely satisfying
You will naturally seek out the healthy nourishment your body
You will discover that often you do not want to finish all that is on your plate.
On the contrary, your body will give you a very clear undeniable signal that you’ve had plenty to eat long before the plate is cleared.
When you reach your natural healthy body weight, the same hypnotic process will adjust your gastric band so that you continue to get all the nourishment your body requires.
I have now got a mindset where all of the behaviours that I took on board when following the Hypnotic Band process are now in place. The behaviours are working six years after going through the Hypnotic Gastric Band programme.
The snacking, second portions, eating too fast and all of the other stuff are gone.
BUT the best thing is that this Christmas – I will eat my food slowly and fully enjoy every mouthful – but in a controlled way.
Oh and Enjoy Your NEW body and the comments from friends and family.
Take your weight off of your mind – for good. Yes PERMANENTLY
For years I have been selling self-hypnosis audios online, which have been MP3 downloads; BUT now I have set up a streaming service of all of the products in our store AND you get access to 100s of products TODAY.
On this page you will also see a Self-Hypnosis Streaming pdf file showing the products that are currently in the membership.
There are advantages for you in this approach.
Self-Hypnosis Streaming Membership – Benefits For YOU
you can choose programmes and self-hypnosis sessions that are ideal for you.
you have behaviour, attitude, phobias, addictions and self-development content.
you have cognitive behaviour therapy, NLP, mindfulness and other therapies.
you have nothing to download – all streamed and available for any number of uses.
you can access anywhere in the world.
you can login on any internet connected mobile phone, tablet, pcs or macs, smart TVs etc.
you can use privately with nothing visible on your device.
you will always get new updates and additions to the content.
you can’t lose your audios or videos.
you will get new messages from us telling you about new additions and updates.
[THERE ARE OTHER BENEFITS WHICH i WILL HOLD BACK ON JUST NOW!]
Let’s take things a step at a time!
Let’s get to know each other.
Free, Seven Days Trial Membership
I would like to start by offering you FREE 7 DAYS access to the membership– No obligation
During that week I will send you further information, when you have had a good chance to check things out.
Included is the online version of Adam Eason’s book ‘The Science Of Hypnosis’. Also there are several audios and videos about how to use Self-Hypnosis effectively.
Programmes and Courses
There are many full programmes and courses covering specific self-development
Clinical Therapy Self-Hypnosis Sessions
There is a growing catalogue of self-hypnosis sessions for specific conditions, addictions, phobias and mental health issues. At the moment we have recordings by three hypnotherapists – but I have some new audios to add shortly from several new practitioners.
It is really simple to join our demonstration Self-Hypnosis Streaming membership website.
When you have had a couple of days to look at the content and see some videos I will be in touch to tell you more about how you can really benefit from becoming a member.
Hypnosis Introduction With a Professional Hypnotherapist
My introduction to hypnosis was accidental. It was 2004 when I met Adam at the BNI business network meetings.
When you set yourself up to develop websites for clients one of the fascinating things is that you learn a lot about different businesses. How do they work? What makes them tick?
So that was the case with Adam Eason and his clinical hypnotherapy business.
I developed a website for Adam who was working out of a clinic near Bournemouth. To say I knew nothing then about hypnosis is a fact. Nothing that is about clinical hypnosis. Hmmm – But I had in the past seen stage acts – but that was all.
But here in front of me was a guy who was very passionate about his subject. I was intrigued and wanted to discover more.
AND as far as I was concerned that was good …
Adam was training hypnotherapists and what we decided to do was to video the courses and also develop audio hypnosis products. Front pew for me with the video camera.
How could I fail to learn all about hypnosis – when I was shooting the recordings and editing them.
Of addition I also got to know other people who trained with Adam and are now themselves trained hypnotherapists. Some of those have developed specialist areas – such as hypno-birthing.
When Hypnosis Works – The Seed Takes Roots
What is a common story from people who have moved into the field is that they had an issue that was driving them insane – all attempts to find a solution had failed.
Adam himself is an example of that. All his attempts with medical consultations and ointment treatments for his psoriasis had failed. Someone suggested hypnosis and do I need to say – within a couple of weeks all had cleared up.
All his work is research based and you can pursue that as far as you like with Adam as he has written a book called Science Of Self-Hypnosis. Also his blog and podcasts are full of his professional approach to all of these psychological therapies. You can even go and train in the field with him via his online courses.
AND NOW !!
OK – that all said – I am going to take a totally different approach right here with my retirement Wats-on My Mind project.
I am getting away from the academic theories and discussions about what hypnosis is etc.
I just so want you if you are sceptical about all of this power of the brain – to just give it a go and learn hypnosis skills. You can learn more about the theory at a later stage. I am keen that you go for a ride first.
Here on my blog you will get my:
simple real anecdotes approach
my end user approach
my simple language approach
my if it works that is great approach
so what that is good – approach.
For example: If you ask me what hypnosis is – a typical reply from me would be – focused imagination.
The interesting thing is that people who try and get some release from a problem will want more.
I have some clinical hypnosis audios for you today recorded by Adam Eason. (see below)
Body To The Mind
But first of all I will tell you about how I met Adam and got interested in the field.
The last eight years of my nursing career were out in Muscat Oman where I was helping to set up a Nurse Training School at the University Hospital.
My wife and I returned with our two kids to Poole in Dorset.
In Oman I had begun to create websites for businesses (Antique Dealers) from the UK and the intention was to begin a web design business. In 1996 we returned home to get the business going.
Crazy in many ways because I was a little bit early. I spent a large amount of time showing businesses what internet websites looked like andtrying to persuade them they needed a website.
One of the ways I got new clients was through Network meetings and I joined BNI. At the heart of every BNI meeting throughout the world is the “BNI 60 Second Slot”. This is each member’s opportunity to educate everyone at their meeting – members and visitors alike about their business.
One of the people I met was a hypnotherapist called Adam Eason. I enjoyed listening to his 60 second presentations. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about how hypnosis works.
I knew very little about clinical hypnotherapy before I met Adam – but that was about to change.
Before I tell you tomorrow more about my own introduction to the subject I will offer you these audios to listen to.
Introduction To Self-Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis Sessions Audios
One audio is an Introduction from Adam with a simple introduction to clinical hypnosis.
I love the title of this blog post written by Sarah Ban
I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up.
I don’t understand it, either, but I’m not complaining.
How often have I seen that.
So many people who have used hypnosis will say the same thing. “I don’t know how it worked – but it did.”
Adam Eason my hypnotherapist friend was amazed when he was treated for his psoriasis by a clinical hypnotherapist.
He was completely surprised by the effect on his skin as he had tried everything else prescribed.
That is in fact what led Adam to learn about hypnosis and start his hypnotherapy career.
Back to Sarah’s article…
The blog post by Sarah is well worth reading and she points out various studies and research in the field.
She finishes her blog post:
Whether or not I can explain how my skin got better, I’m pretty positive that my hypnosis sessions had something to do with it.
Whichever confounding variable was responsible for the clearer skin I saw after my hypnotherapy sessions (stress reduction, better sleep, placebo effect, or all of the above), I’m just thrilled to have seen results at all.
I was finally able to get my racing mind under control with the help of hypnosis. That meant I went from getting maybe two measly hours of sleep a night to a solid eight hours, which is a massive improvement for me. When I’m well-rested during the day, I’m more equipped to handle hectic situations, which means my stress levels are more under control, and I’m pretty sure that’s resulting in a newly clear complexion. My skin still breaks out when I’m frazzled, but it seems a lot happier overall. And so am I.
It is very easy to get wrong impressions about hypnosis. The showmen want to make it all look mystical and unreal.
I have videoed many courses where hypnotherapists were being trained. Many wonderful people with a real desire to help people with annoying behaviours, habits, addictions, pain, self-esteem and so on.
The problem for them especially in their early days is convincing many people out there who have very little knowledge about the therapy.
Ten years ago I was among those who knew very little about hypnosis.
Here are a few facts about hypnosis.
This is a difficult one for clinical hypnotherapists to deal with. The on stage guys are clever and use hypnosis and distraction techniques well.
The people selected to go on stage and take part are actually expecting an outcome. They are more prepared than they believe to respond and play the part.
The thing to realise is that they are willingly being led and are NOT really under the control of the hypnotist.
I personally love Derren Brown who actually calls himself a mentalist and illusionist. That is much better title although other people talk about him being a hypnotist. He often will show at the end of his performance how he has been misleading the audience. He will show video and you can see the clever language that is feeding the imaginations of those being manipulated.
Myths and Mystery and Bad Journalism
Oh dear I don’t know what to say about this one.
There are TV shows and humour “look into my eyes, look into my eyes” and all of that nonsense.
There are journalists who write for a living who are writing err … garbage!!
There are exceptions like Sarah Bar above who is giving a sensible researched article.
Firstly, the Telegraph, which you’d expect to have a more sober perspective on the story carries the headline: ‘Hypnotist thief puts shopkeeper in trance before robbing him’ The hypnosis article can be found here if you’d like to read it.
Before I do anything else, let me address the fact that the Telegraph uses the word ‘Trance’ in the title of their article and then assumes that trance and hypnosis are the same thing. They are not.
Hypnotism Is Not A Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist Taking Control
The problem, of course, lies in the way hypnosis is presented again and again by the media, having to explain to clients over and over that hypnosis is something THEY do sometimes feel like a losing battle.
Self-Hypnosis is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Yes it is a learned SKILL
To Take Control Issue Further – For My Christian Friends.
I wrote about this a long time ago in 2008 but I won’t send you to that post.
What I will do in fact is update that blog though as there are some new links to add.
Let Me Rant a Bit – Which Is Not My Usual Style …
(you will see that this post is rather sombre for me – but I so want you all to know more about the subject before criticising)
The usual thing is that people think they know about something without having ever studied the subject at all – they simply have an opinion based simply on intuition, gossip or whatever.
Several of my church friends have questioned my interest in what they describe as taking control of someones mind and over somebody’s thinking?
What? … WHAT?
I have videoed and sat through hundreds of hours of clinical hypnotherapy and cognitive bahavioural therapy training – AND it is NOT taking control of the clients mind.
If you think there is exasperation showing – you are right!
Let me bow out.
Really I am wise to leave this to somebody qualified to talk about it.
I am no fool.
Here is a YouTube video – well audio reallywith a ridiculously strange splash screen – about Hypnosis and Christianity. This is a video interview with Rev Dr Scot Giles. This is about his work using hypnosis with cancer patients.
The talk therapies offer help harmlessly. There is a lot of research about the effectiveness of many interventions – for example pain relief. The weakness is that there much more research needed.
So What About Psychiatry?
The very same people that object to hypnosis therapy WILL accept and endorse psychiatrists offering treatments and medication.
From my young nursing days back in the 60’s I had the horror of working with a team giving Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT). Notice my strong word horror. I could not believe what I was witnessing. I will say no more about that as it was a long time ago and I may exaggerate.
I was shocked (there’s a pun) when I found out recently that this therapy was in growing use again.
“The figures, obtained through freedom of information requests, show that despite being a crude, controversial treatment, which fell sharply out of favour around the turn of the millennium, ECT is enjoying a revival.
The procedure involves anaesthetising the patient and passing electricity through the brain to induce seizure. Despite ghoulish depictions in popular culture and a marked lack of science explaining how and why it works, treatments can prove effective. Patient stories range fromlife-changing benefits to tales of lives being ruined.”
Hypnotherapists are not wanting to get inside your head and control you. There intention is for their clients to learn the skills of focused imagination and suggesting to themselves the changes they want to make. That is my simple interpretation. Don’t let me tell you though. Better to learn directly from a hypnotherapy practitioner. I can put you in touch with the best.
What If Hypnotherapists Could Get To Control You?
I remember when I first met Adam, the guy who introduced me to hypnotherapy.
He was introducing his business in a breakfast BNI meeting. At each BNI meeting you were allowed 60 seconds to tell a story about your business. A bit like twitter really.
Adam was charismatic and I looked forward to his spot.
One of his minute stories was about hypnotherapists taking control of your mind.
Adam asked us “Why would I be standing up there at 7am to get some new business if I really could use magical hypnosis skills to control somebody? No! Surely I would simply make an appointment with my bank manager and get him to write me out a million pound cheque.
Of Course There Are So Many More Question – Another Day
There are so many other questions.
What does being hypnotised feel like?
Do I go to sleep?
Is it like being in the zone – like sportmen?
I really do want you to find out. So more to follow.
Well I have been for my half hour walk and thought through today’s blog listening to a podcast.
I finished my blog yesterday with brief comment about writing your blog to one person. Copy write training is also always talking about this talking to a specific person BUT…
I Find This Hard to do With Hypnosis Products.
Let me explain
If you look around this website you will see that I deal with self-hypnosis audios and videos. I have an online store called Hypnosis For Download. I also have a hypnosis for streaming membership full of all of the audios and videos.
My main interest is a new membership website which is my main focus. The membership site offers training, scientifically researched techniques and so on by Adam Eason author of a book ‘The Science Of Self-Hypnosis’
How DO we get to Promote Hypnosis Products
How to market and identify people when THEY are ready is the conundrum. I can’t make a landing page for every situation and write copy that will meet all of the needs of the shopper.
In fact my marketing approach is to leave the hypnosis for download website in place with well over 200 products.
So it is like having 200 landing pages.
The shop is a lead magnet.
This morning there was a person who had bought a product for Insomnia.
I will in fact offer her more than she thought.
I will give her access to a three day use of our Hypnosis For Streaming membership resource, so she can see the scientific research, education and demystifying resources audios and videos.
Into our funnel she goes to educate and help.
A VIP – as she has bought already.
I want to offer her valuable service which enhances her original purchase.
That is Fine BUT…
Most people would not start at the store though or even think of hypnosis necessarily as a solution.
Take This Example About Raynauds
This is really crying out for a blog post to be written about it – the important thing to offer at the bottom of the blog would be a free copy of melt stress and also three day access to our membership website…
Now I was listening to a radio programme this morning where a lady was talking about having Raynouds Disease.
In fact far from talking – she was describing the pain in a very emotional heartfelt way and was describing how hard it was to button up her coat or get her gloves on.
Now she is not alone, there are 10 million sufferers in the UK – I have just looked on the NHS (our health service in the UK)
Raynaud’s phenomenon is common and doesn’t usually cause any severe problems. … Raynaud’s affects your blood circulation. When you’re cold, anxious or stressed, your fingers and toes may change colour.
Now the lady on the radio was saying that her Raynauds flared up and was worse when she felt stressed or anxious.
What am I thinking when I hear stories like this? I just wanted to send her Melt Stress – one of our audios.
Now I could really tell that story in a lot of detail and hopefully include an audio recording from the programme where she is describing the pain
People Come To Hypnosis in a Variety of Ways.
Adam Eason – the Hypnotherapist I have been working with developing his College of Hypnosis business became a hypnotherapist because he found hypnosis to be a cure for his psoriasis.
All other medications and treatments had failed and he was desperate for a solution. Adam was shocked when he followed a recommendation to go to a hypnotherapist and that the hypnosis worked within a few days. On from there to where he is today a leading authority and author on the subject.
I Wish I Had Learned All About Hypnosis While I Was Nursing
Before I met Adam in 2005 – I had no idea about the hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy, NLP and other talk therapies.
As I worked alongside Adam filming his courses and producing his audios and videos I took it all on board.
Not in an academic way – NO – I USED the self-hypnosis audios and techniques.
For instance: I used to sweat profusely before speaking publicly and now that is a thing of the past. Now this was a real problem as I was often teaching in a Nursing School. In the Middle East I used to wear a jacket simply because i wanted to hide my perspiration. That looked weird in that climate. But there you go – what we will do to overcome something that was just a mental issue. Since hypnosis therapy – that has gone – a thing of the past.
I used “Think Yourself Thin” to get my fat belly in check. The stories I could tell you about my weight. Sounds like another blog to me leave it there today..
What Are Potential Customers Perceptions Of Hypnosis
The point I am struggling to make is that everybody is in a different place all of the time and with different perceptions about hypnosis.
In fact there is an education necessary in so many potential clients.
I know a lot of Hypnotherapists who have been well trained – But they have to win confidence to get going.
We will explore the perceptions and oh YES the misconceptions of mental therapies another day.
I am Going to Let You Into a Secret.
The best people to provide that education are other users.
But my main target are happy customers and hypnosis users who want to become affiliates. They can tell the true worth of these mind therapies.
Something Different Tomorrow
We will have a bit more fun tomorrow. With something off of the wall. Why not!
I don’t know what at the moment but I will decide in my 30 minute walk in the morning.