The Virtual Gastric Band (VGB)

image002The Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy (VGB)

image003Do you want to achieve your desired body size and shape and make positive changes to your eating patterns easily and effortlessly?

There are no specific weight or BMI requirements to qualify. The Virtual Gastric Band is for anyone looking to improve their health through weight loss. Whether you have just a few kilos to lose or multiple kilos, the Virtual Gastric Band is suitable for almost everyone* - contact me and start discarding weight NOW!


  • Personal sessions with Caterina Findsen at Koru Self Development, Hamilton, NZ.

*Please note:  

Weight loss takes time and effort to be successful.  

People should seek professional advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.

Individual results may vary.

This is your weight loss journey and your full committment to change is vital to your success. 

This programme does involve your active engagement and participation and a desire to make positive changes in your eating habits.  Hypnosis isn't a magic wand.  If you want to continue eating large portions of processed and junk food, then this programme isn't for you.  

How does the Virtual Gastric Band Work?

image005Under hypnosis you will have your unconscious mind believe that your stomach has had a band applied that will have reduced it in size to that of a golf ball. Of course consciously, you will know that you haven't had surgery, but your unconscious mind cannot distinguish imagination from reality and it's your unconscious mind that drives 95% of your behaviour!






Virtual Gastric Band – UK trial proves 95% success

The Virtual Gastric Band programme?

The Virtual Gastric Band is a remarkable weight loss programme, and one which has been pioneered in the UK by Sheila Granger.

As the name suggests, the system utilises the concept of a "virtual" gastric band and clinical hypnotherapy. This non-surgical technique uses the power of hypnosis to retrain you to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food. It changes how you think about food and can give very safe, results. The clinical hypnotherapy convinces the brain that the stomach is full after a certain level of intake, and that there is no need for more food.


It is most definitely NOT a diet - we know that diets only work in the short term. The Virtual Gastric Band allows you to eat what you want, but will encourage  you to intake smaller portions. And, because it's not a diet, you are less likely to  feel deprived or miserable, the issues which usually cause diets to fail. 

In comparison, the medical procedure reduces the physical size of the stomach, and may achieve the same result, but The Virtual Gastric Band can be undertaken quickly and privately, without the lengthy delay of hospital waiting lists, and of course carries no costly invasive surgery,  and no on-going medical treatment.  

All of Sheila's Virtual Gastric Band practitioners are highly trained and qualified hypnotherapists. We are each motivated by a desire to help you create a new lifestyle through this extremely effective method of weight loss using the Virtual Gastric Band Programme. Many clients have benefited from this form of Virtual Gastric Band therapy. For more information on Sheila Granger's programme visit

The Virtual Gastric Band has received a tremendous amount of media attention worldwide; if you wish to see the video from BBC TV's Look North programme

How the Programme Works

The Virtual Gastric Band weight loss programme consists of four one-to-one hypnotherapy sessions usually held weekly over a six to ten week period.

During the first session we will discuss your goals and eating habits so that the programme can be tailored to suit your specific needs. This first session involves going through a 'virtual' operation whilst in hypnosis. During this process, you can feel and think in your mind that the operation has taken place. A band is fitted to the top part of your stomach to create a small pouch so that you feel fuller sooner. This allows you to get in touch again to what your body actually needs.

By using this procedure and incorporating positive thoughts, words and actions, we reinforce your wish to become slimmer.

In sessions two and three we will work with habits and behaviours, such as negative eating; if you're eating due to stress, comfort or something to do etc.

In session four we continue the journey of change and positive reinforcement and we  can adjust your band, loosening or tightening depending on what you want.

Hypnosis will be used in each session to assist you to change the way that you think and react to food. Many clients say that they find themselves eating smaller amounts of healthy food and being fully satisfied because of the "fitting" of the Virtual Gastric Band. They  find that they don't think about food anywhere near as much as they did and they start tuning into your body's true hunger signals.

This programme is designed to create positive healthy changes to your eating patterns and your relationship with food.

You will be asked to follow some simple guidelines at home just as you would if you had the actual surgery. You will be also given several hypnotherapy audio CDs (electronically)  to use between sessions which will reinforce the changes that you will be making and so eating smaller quantities becomes a matter of habit.

After the four session programme should you desire extra support as you continue your journey, sessions can be arranged to meet long term goals.


How Much Does the VGB Programme Cost?

The cost of the package is $600 – this includes the four sessions and must be paid at session one - or if paying by installments, must be paid in full before you begin. 

Please be aware that in order for this programme to be successful for you, you must be fully committed to take responsibility to begin and reinforce a healthy approach to food - this is NOT a diet.  Many clients who undertake this programme, notice that they also make improvements in many other areas of their lives at the same time. 

  • Session one -  approx 2 hrs
  • Sessions two and three - 50-60 mins
  • Session four - 50-60 mins
  • These four sessions are  spread over 6-10 wks.

You will also receive at least three audio CDs (sent electronically)  and written guidelines to assist you. If you need hard copies of your audio Cd's please let me know when you book. 

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