Making the rounds in hypnosis circles, as of late, is a technique for hypnotising someone to believe they have a gastric band in place and that they will have all the subsequent effects of having the band in place, such as losing weight.
I am going to be very blunt here. That is the most god-awful, ill-conceived use of hypnosis that I have ever seen.
Let me make an analogy. That’s like having a crack in the engine of your car (some emotional problem) and gluing that together with super glue (eating to fix the crack) and when the glue is not holding, putting a big clamp on the thing to hold it together (the gastric band). It might work for the short term, but for the long term, living a happy life – well forget about it.
It is far better to go to the crux of the problem, which in most cases of eating inappropriately, is having an emotional problem (or several) and eating as a way to deal with the problem. It is better to deal with the emotions and once resolved, in most cases, the eating takes care of itself. Which is to say, you eat when physically hungry, and eating is just not a problem.
One of the very best ways to help resolve emotional issues is the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis can help you get out of your head, and start relating to your emotions and body felt sense, those parts of you of which you are typically unaware.
The father of modern hypnotherapy, Milton Erickson, M.D., said that “people have problems to the extent that they are out of rapport with their unconscious mind. ” Hypnosis is a great way to get back in rapport with those disowned, out of awareness parts of yourself, to heal, and resolve.