Hypnosis–a magic wand for weight control?

For some lucky people, hypnosis is like a magic wand that instantly changes our attitudes and habits, so that the process of letting go of unwanted weight is effortless.  These lucky ones notice that without thinking much about it they are making different food choices, or perhaps eating less, or exercising more.

There are always a few like this in each class.

I wish it could be like that for everyone!  And perhaps everyone has some area or issue where hypnosis works like that, like a magic wand.  I hope that can be true for you.

This Spring quarter at Whatcom Community College’s Community Education program, we offer another expanded series of classes on using hypnosis for weight control.  The first set of classes, called, appropriately enough, Hypnosis for Weight Control I, starts on May 6.

For many people, the hypnosis sessions we do in class and at home are not a magic wand. However, they do provide real, effective support as we create the new behaviors that lead to change.

In this series of 3 2-hour classes, I like to start with a very brief review of recent research in nutrition.  Since we are all interested in food, it’s instructive to see how much common knowledge about diet is just flat wrong (for example, lots of folks still think all calories are created equal).

It’s always worth reminding ourselves that nutrition is a very young science.

But the first focus of our work is to create the foundation for a healthy relationship with food. As with most relationships, we must start from a basis of respect.  In hypnosis sessions for the first class, we focus on letting go of any negative thinking that gets in our way.  It’s common for people to have feelings of distrust, or shame, or disgust, or to feel that they are in a losing battle with weight—feelings and thoughts that do not contribute positive energy to the relationship.  Hypnosis helps us to let go of that negative energy, and supports a more positive approach.

The focus of the hypnosis sessions for the second class is to increase our awareness of our assumptions about food and our bodies. We work with mindfulness exercises to better understand what’s involved—for example, to recognize habits we’ve developed, or the particular triggers for behaviors we’d like to change.  Then we can use the hypnosis sessions to support our strategies to meet our particular challenges—turning our (negative) reactions into positive responses.

For many of us, cravings pose a difficult obstacle.  I think of cravings as false promises, the lies our brains tell us about what the object of our desire can give us.  In the third class, we use hypnosis to bring clarity to the siren song of cravings.  They may promise—but they don’t deliver—comfort, or love, connection, satisfaction, peace, etc.

In other words, over the three sessions of the class, we are building the foundation for a new, positive relationship with food—and with our bodies.  A foundation for wellbeing.

Please do contact me if you have any questions about the class—I welcome the chance to help you decide if this is a good option for you now.   Or, to register, call WCC at 360.383.3200 or register using this link.

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