I wanted to share with you my experience. My co-worker had a Groupon for two to a weightloss hypnosis session. At first I said, "sure". Then I bailed when it came time to schedule it. Then I came around after reading up on it. What could it hurt? It's really just a lot of positive suggestion. I was right, for the most part.
It was a three hour session. How funny that I'm having a hard time recalling the content of each exercise. I think she did it four times. The first time, she had us visualize standing in a kitchen, walking to the fridge, opening it, taking out a lemon, slicing the lemon, and then squeezing the juice into our mouth, all the while really engaging our imagination to visualize and sense the activity really taking place. That was the warm up.
The next one was visualizing yourself in a flowery meadow, there's a cabin with your name above the door. And down five stairs in the cabin there's a room with buttons and levers. On the one side there are buttons like cholesterol and blood pressure. And on the other side, there are levers like energy and metabolism. Then she asks you to crank the fat storage down and crank the metabolism up.
I don't recall the order she did these in. The one I think she should not have included was a recorded session done by someone she works with. It's a type of aversion therapy to eliminate a particular food from your diet. Think about that food, think about eating it, and then realize it's sour and rancid...and it goes on..very gross...did not need that.
The hypnotherapist hosting the session almost but not quite apologized for it. She said all of her work is about positive thinking.
Then, we did an exercise where we took a mental picture of what success would mean and how someone looking at the picture would know right away that we accomplished our goal. I'm not very imaginative, so I used her example of me standing on the scale at the healthy weight I'm shooting for. Once you have the mental picture, she asks you to amp it up, kinda like a mental scrapbooking session. Add color, sounds, and smell to this amazing picture of your success. After that, we were asked to visualize our past and future from where we sat today and find a future date where we would reach our goal and take that amped up goal picture and give it to our future self.
Lastly, we did a session called fat suit. We were to visualize ourselves zipping out of our fat suit, putting it in a box and then doing whatever we wanted to with it. My co-worker buried hers. I incinerated mine :)
Sooo, it was a long three hours! I did my best to be open to suggestion, despite the gross segment. If it helps, it helps. But I was already on this journey. I was glad to hear her say that what she's doing doesn't eliminate the need for fitness and nutrition.
Stay positive, everyone. Visualize your success because you will achieve it!