Over the last two decades, Kari Jenner has tried every method of weight loss imaginable. Crash diets, GP prescribed pills, diet shakes, a 24-hour gym membership, advice books and even starvation.
She owns a vibration machine, a weight set and over 15 books with titles such as Throw out your scales and You on a diet.Seeing the books piled together for a photograph, Kari remarks, ‘what a waste of money’.
In May, Kari underwent her first session of hypnosis as part of a four-week program. So instead of a hospital room, the woman is actually undergoing hypnosis to plant the suggestion in her mind she has undergone a gastric band operation.
In a hospital, the gastric band operation can cost up to $5000 or more, but the virtual gastric band method using hypnosis, as it’s known, cost Kari anywhere from 800-1000.
In a quiet room with a dark blue recliner and desk the only furniture, the light regular tones of clinical hypnotist Angelo Sette is the only sound, apart from the faint hum of passing traffic.
In the last four years, he has treated around 250 South East residents of varying ages and weight loss goals.
“Hypnosis is a tool,” he says. “It works because people want it to work.”
He explains his treatment is miles away from that of ‘Hollywood hypnosis’ or that seen on television or stage shows, where people have barked like a dog or simulated dance moves in front of amused audiences.
Although different for each individual, he said the average person had achieved a hypnotic state possibly thousands of times in their lives without even realizing it. Describing it as ‘a deep peaceful state’, he said clients were not asleep or unconscious, although some did fall asleep during the session.
“It’s a means of helping people realise abilities they may not be aware of…making them more susceptible to suggestions.”
At the beginning of the session, the hypnotherapists discusses the program and explains his 10 golden rules.
Some are common sense, such as to exercise for a block of 30 minutes a day and to eat consciously and slowly, not while watching television or reading a book. He avoids the word ‘weight’, instead using the terms ‘shape and size’.
Angelo asks the client to ‘visualise a hospital ward, the sensation of drifting off under anaesthetic’.
Twenty minutes later, the woman opens her eyes, believing she has had a small silicone band placed around the top of her stomach.
Kari Jenner booked in for the sessions after seeing the ad on television.
“A friend of mine had hypnotherapy for giving up smoking and it was really successful – I don’t disregard alternatives. “Your brain is amazing – I do believe in the power of the mind.”
Prior to the first session, she told herself that she was undergoing gastric band surgery, saying she hoped ‘it would kick in her mindset’. “I don’t know what I expected. I went in there with no preconceived ideas.”
During the session, Kari said she fell asleep but when the sounds changed to that of a hospital, she said something strange happened.
“It was the weirdest thing. “I felt like I was getting an anesthetic, that dreamy dizzy feeling, but then I snapped out of it.”
She described the first week after the session as ‘hard’ as she kept expecting the effects of the hypnosis to do the work for her.
As part of her homework, she must listen to a 20 minute CD recording of part of her hypnosis session.
Kari said she wanted to be slim by the time she turned 40. That milestone is just two weeks away.
Her years of trying various weight loss methods began, some healthy and some not so healthy. “I’ve done the whole starving thing,” she said.”I was eating one salads with tuna on it for lunch and a small dinner and I was walking four kilometres a day.”
Although Kari said she lost a huge amount of weight, the diet backfired on her, with her gall bladder having to be removed and doctors telling her crash dieting may have been the cause. Kari said like all the other methods, they worked for a short period of time but were not long term.
In the middle of last year, she joined a 24-hour gym, but said she lost momentum in a matter of months.
Kari said she’s been bombarded by other people telling her what she should be doing.
“They say, ‘no you need to eat six small meals a day, all fruit diets, go vegan, protein drinks’, then when I spoke to another person, they said ‘I should be doing it like them’.”There’s so much different information that we’re being bombarded with.”
She feels uncomfortable in her clothes when she’s overweight and said sometimes a sadness creeps over her when she’s around her ‘skinny friends’ who are wearing clothes she can no longer fit into.
Kari’s health is also suffering. “Sometimes I get sore knees – it’s from carrying this,” she points to her stomach. But her motivation for wanting to lose weight comes from within. “I’m a bit selfish when it comes to that.
Could this be an alternative for you? If you have tried everything and are not getting the results, Doing hypnosis along with a healthy eating plan and exercise might just be the step you need to take.
Lynn Thier will be offering Gastric Band Hypnosis for clients in April 2018. A Specialized course on top of her trainings in hypnotherapy will be completed and the goal is to help as many people shed weight so they can have the health, energy, vitality the want and need for their everyday busy lives!
To your health, results and success!
Lynn Thier – Your Mental Fitness Trainer & Fat Loss Expert!
Lynn Thier, RHN
About: Lynn Thier will get you there ~ with practical cutting edge methods for making positive shifts & change happen. Owner of Peak Performance Academy, Lynn teaches and consults on how to get mentally fit in sport, business and life. Lynn offers seminars, training’s and programs as well as Board Certifications in NLP Coaching, NLP Techniques, Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy(R).