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  • Writer's pictureKasie Carlson

Virtual Gastric Band for weight loss!

When I started Calm Community Acupuncture, over 5 years ago, the very first thing that I found difficult to treat was weight loss. People come in to get acupuncture for knee pain, back pain, diabetic neuropathy, sleep apnea, all disorders that could improve, if the patient could only lose weight. One acupuncture treatment helps to curb cravings for sweets, helps promote relaxation and even boosts metabolism, but if the patient can’t control the diet, the weight loss isn’t sustainable. I’ve tried working with patients on their diets, getting them off of sugar or dairy or gluten, in order to stop the cycle of addiction to food. It works for a time, but then the holidays hit or there’s a birthday party, and again, the diet is not sustainable. Did you have a New Years Resolution for 2017 to lose weight? How’s it going? For many, it’s not going well, they are back to the same issues they struggled with in 2016 and are now, on the search, once again for answers. I’ve been searching for years to find a way to help my over weight patients with their weight loss. Then, recently, I was introduced to the idea of hypnosis, paired with acupuncture, creating a “virtual” gastric band. The idea was developed and researched in the UK and the success stories are remarkable. Utilizing the benefits of acupuncture, while also using clinical hypnosis, to empower each person to make the necessary changes in their own lives, is proving to be the answer for so many struggling with the inability to lose weight. There is no surgery involved in this. We use the techniques of acupuncture to get you into a relaxed state, activating the necessary points, while the hypnotist retrains your brain to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food. The clinical hypnotherapy convinces the brain that the stomach is full after a certain amount of food. After seeing the success of this program, I’ve decided to offer a 7 week series of Hypnopuncture for Virtual Gastric Band, at Calm Community Acupuncture, in Safety Harbor, this Spring, 2017. You can expect to lose 20 to 30 pounds during the 7 week program and it just keeps going from there! I’ve hired a hypnotist, who has used the program for his own weight loss journey and we are offering the program together. We are only taking 10 participants for this first series. In order to sign up for the 7 week series, you must first attend an informative seminar to ensure that this is the program for you. We are offering these informative seminars on Saturday February 11th and another on March 4th. These seminars are from 2PM -3:30PM and they include information about the program, a question and answer time, and a short hypnopuncture treatment. Each seminar is limited to 10 people and is $75 per person. If , after attending one of the introductory seminars, you want to be part of the 7 week series, we will get you signed up to be one of the first 10 people, to be a part of this program, in the Tampa Bay Area. If you are interested in attending on of the informative seminars on February 11th or March 4th, please call Calm Community Acupuncture at 727-744-4245 or email Kasie at and we will get you on the list. This could be the end of yo yo dieting, the end of your weight loss struggles ,and the beginning of a new you!!

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