Irish Hypnosis – irishhypnosis.ie
My meal that evening is salad and I avoid my usual night-shift chocolate bar in work – could I already be on the way to reaching my target weight?
Journey of relaxation
The next week I have my initial hypnotherapy session. Brennan plays some soothing music and I relax into a big leather chair. She takes me on a journey of relaxation and begins to make positive suggestions, all of which we have agreed on beforehand.
When I come-to after the hypnosis, I’m not even sure I’ve been hypnotised but the first thing I go looking for is my long-lost bicycle.
Dinner that evening and every subsequent evening is chicken or fish and salad. That weekend I go to a party where I eschew the pizza and sticky chicken and pop to the shops for some fruit. Next morning, I decline the offer of sausages and bacon, opting for a healthier option. And the weird thing is that it’s no effort at all.
Week two and I feel strangely more hesitant. Even though it seems to have worked all week, or perhaps because it has, I am nervous. Brennan tells me she will employ a technique that she uses on people of a particularly rational, questioning frame of mind.
I feel more disorientated when I come-to but again, my trips to the shops result in all low-fat purchases, fresh fruit, vegetables and zero white bread, pasta, biscuits, crisps or any of the other guilty pleasures that normally make their way into my basket.
That weekend, I find myself inexplicably going to the sports shop to buy workout gear, I check my TV for workout programs and dance around my sitting room while my toddler tries to knock me down on his tricycle.
I check the dates of the next local yoga course and sign up. It might seem like nothing, but to someone who has done no exercise for the past 15 years, it’s a major change of attitude.
Week three and I’m admonished – I’m supposed to listen to Brennan’s CD for 21 days, a reinforcing mixture of relaxation therapy and weight-loss hypnosis – and I haven’t been doing it.
Yet the clothes that were destined for the charity shop are fitting again. I’ve been exercising more; a Snickers has sat uneaten at the top of my fridge for five days; the nightly trips to the shops for goodies has stopped completely; I haven’t eaten a piece of white bread for weeks and I have stopped returning to the pot for seconds when I’m already full. It’s like having a gym buddy, but the gym buddy’s in my own head.
All in the mind
A month ago, if you’d told me hypnotherapy worked, I’d have had my doubts. Sure, I know people who have stopped smoking with the help of hypnotherapy, and Brennan herself has successfully treated clients not just for weight-loss but for smoking, chronic blushing, stress and erectile dysfunction.
A month ago the sceptic in me would have said that there is no way hypnotherapy works. That it’s all in the mind. A month later and a dress size smaller I’d say that’s exactly the point.
Fiona Brennan is part of the hypnotherapy service Irish Hypnosis, which has 14 clinics nationwide. The consultation costs €75 and the sessions, which last between 60 and 90 minutes, cost €100.
Contact Linda Alexander in Glasgow for Weight Loss Hypnotherapy 0141 632 1440 / 07875 493 358