About The Gastric Mind Band
Standard and New Pro Expert Expanded Gastric Mind Band treatment packages
The Gastric Mind Band® (GMB) procedure is surgery-free. It was developed and perfected by Martin and Marion Shirran, over a ten year period, at the Elite Clinic in Spain, to provide a real alternative to having a surgical, Adjustable Gastric Band fitted. The treatment is now also the subject of the best-selling book, The Gastric Mind Band, published by Hay House, available from Amazon.
Martin and Marion have accumulated close to 8,000 hours of one to one clinical time with weight loss clients, allowing them to constantly improve and perfect the treatment. The GMB treatment involves a clever combination of a number of proven, psychological approaches and therapies, including CBT, Time Perspective Therapy, NLP, Hypnosis, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness Techniques and their very own Pause Button Therapy® incorporating TactileCBT®, along with Cognitive Engineering. Each approach is uniquely underpinned by the other, resulting in a highly successful and permanent weight loss solution.
Is it for you…clients like Sarah Hart, see her photo above, whose story has been told in the media world wide lost half her body weight following the GMB treatment, you can read her case study on this site. Other clients arrive at the clinic just wanting to drop a few pounds or drop a couple of clothes sizes, recently the GMB has become the treatment of choice by perspective brides, often being joined by their bridesmaids and siblings, read the dedicated Brides web page here.
In addition to the GMB treatment being available at their Elite Clinic in Spain, it is also available from an ever growing number of selected and accredited therapists and clinics around the world. The GMB therapy is now regarded by many as the ‘Gold Standard’ in its field.
Martin and Marion both hold Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and are certified and registered with the American Board and British Institute of Hypnotherapy. They are both registered in the UK with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Martin has a primary certificate in R.E.B.T. (a form of CBT) from Birmingham University, School of Psychology. He is also a member of the United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine and the International Hypnosis Research Institute.
The Treatment Programme
We are pleased to be able to offer clients wishing to experience the Gastric Mind Band Treatment a number of treatment options:
The Standard Gastric Mind Band (GMB) treatment which is conducted over four sessions, usually over either three or four days.Since you are an individual, and deserve to be treated as such, your GMB treatment plan is unique and personalised to you. Each of the four sessions is highly structured and designed to prompt you to ask yourself a number of very deep, psychological questions, some of which you might not have previously considered relevant. The aim is to get you to develop a different perspective around your relationship with food and embed new ways of thinking and more helpful behaviours around food, that will allow you to reach your ideal weight without the struggle of constant dieting, and then maintain it for the rest of your life.
The New Pro Expert Expanded full (GMB) treatment (NPE) as detailed on the home page, has quickly become the most popular option with clients visiting the clinic. The package incorporates all the components of the standard Gastric Mind Band Treatment, with additional treatment hours added, including additional Hypnotherapy and CBT sessions, which are of unlimited extended session lengths on each treatment component. An additional element dedicated to Nutritional and Dietary aspects around weight loss and an in-depth discussion and explanation regarding the two hormones most important to those wishing to take control of their weight, Ghrelin, the hunger switch, and Leptin, the satisfaction switch, along with suggestions as to how these can be ‘Tweaked’ to the dieters advantage is included.
The NPE treatment features an expanded range of blood tests and analysis. These tests includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides, fasting blood sugar (glucose) levels and Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). The glucose result determines blood sugar levels over a very short-term period (the past 24 hours), whereas the additional HbA1c test provides an overall reading of what a person’s average blood sugar levels have been for the previous 8-12 weeks. This is the all-important test used to diagnose diabetes and is helpful to us in guiding a person with issues around certain food groups. Please see further information on the Appointments page of this site.
All clients undertaking the NPE benefit from the inclusion of two additional complimentary Skype follow up sessions in the comfort of their own home in the weeks following their treatment, along with a full complimentary GMB adjustment session at the clinic which can be taken at in the anytime in the nine months following the completion of their treatment.
How does it work?
Is it really possible to convince someone that they have undergone a surgical procedure when, in reality, they haven’t, or to be able to change someone’s lifelong habits? At the Elite Clinic we like many others believe so; as well as dozens of amazing weight loss success stories, we can point to many case studies from the clinic of smokers who have been able to drop a twenty-year habit in a heartbeat with our help. We have even helped hardened cocaine users “walk away” from their drug habit, when they previously believed it was impossible. So whilst helping people change their relationship around food can be a challenge, the GMB treatment has proven itself over ten years to consistently provide the permanent positive results our clients desire..
We should never underestimate the power of the mind. Medical libraries are full of clinical trials documenting the power of the “Placebo Effect”, where change occurs simply because that is what the mind has been conditioned to expect. The scientific interest in the “Mind Body Link” is now stronger than at any time in history.
The GMB sessions involve our own unique combination of therapies, and are conducted at a pace and in a manner to suit you as an individual. It is normal practice at the Elite Clinic in Spain for both Martin and Marion to be involved in your GMB experience, each of them specialising in their own particular field of therapy. The treatment will involve you being asked to make some short term changes in your eating patterns, to help you retune into your body’s natural reflexes. Below you can read an overview of the four GMB sessions.
But Does It Work…
Read the independent review of the GMB treatment published in The Daily Mail.
A UK-based journalist interested in weight loss, Claudia Connell of the Daily Mail, travelled to Spain to meet Martin and Marion and experience the Gastric Mind Band for herself. Two weeks later she wrote a two-page feature in the Daily Mail detailing her treatment that literally got the world talking. Read her article from the Daily Mail Newspaper here.
The first of the four sessions is called the conceptualisation session, which can last up to four hours. We use our own unique “forensic questionnaire” to help us gather in-depth background information about your eating habits, your current relationship with food, any past dieting attempts, reasons for past successes and possible failures. The session will question your past willingness to make the necessary life changes and also your general and mental health.
Of course plenty of time is available for you to ask any questions you may have about the treatment, and the very important, life changing, days that lay ahead. We normally take a coffee break, sometimes two, during the visit.
The session ends with your first introduction to hypnosis. At the clinic we use Oxypleth pulse oximeters during all the hypnosis sessions, which allows us to closely monitor your resting pulse rate and your general level of relaxation. This provides us with indications of any possible adjustments that may be required in subsequent sessions.
Session two starts to focus on important aspects such as the potential impact your weight is having on your health.
Firstly, you will be taken for a blood test, to check your glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Secondly, the Tanita Body Composition Analyser is used to accurately establish your starting weight, as well as useful and precise information about your body fat percentage, fat mass, visceral fat rating, your unique Resting Metabolic Rate, (sometimes referred to as as your Metabolic Fingerprint) and interestingly, your current metabolic age too.
Your Metabolic Fingerprint is the number of calories burned each day simply to maintain normal body functions such as breathing, keeping your heart beating and your brain working, without taking into account any exercise or other physical activity. Metabolism plays such a significant role in our overall health and fitness that your Resting Metabolic Rate, (RMR), accounts for up to 75% of the total calories your body burns each day.
Other components of the therapy will be personalised, based on the information gathered during the case conceptualisation. We will cover elements such as the difference between eating mindlessly and mindfully. We offer numerous tips and techniques to help you change particular habits, such as the speed of your eating, along with plenty of advice about how you can feel much more confident and in control around food. You will learn how to feel comfortable and satisfied eating smaller portions, and also be able to leave food on your plate.
One of the most important aspects of GMB Therapy is to identify and address specific issues and triggers, which often lead overweight people to eat at times when they are definitely NOT hungry. We use elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to pinpoint any sabotaging thought patterns you might have around food and to help you start to change and modify your behaviour.
Session two ends with your personalised hypnosis session, recorded live for you to take home, which will include positive, and helpful suggestions, specifically for your benefit, incorporating all the things we will have already discussed during the session.
Session three is dedicated to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Using all the data collected in the first two sessions, your therapist will introduce you to a whole new way of thinking about food, as well as sharing with you a selection of techniques that will ensure your new eating habits are permanently embedded. Additionally we explain how to use our Pause Button Technique to literally stop or “freeze” time.
The Pause Button Technique is a really effective tool that helps our clients at times when they are feeling tempted to eat something that they know they don’t actually need. The Pause Button Therapy® is unique to the GMB treatment package and is a protected trademark. All clients are presented with their own GMB pause button to take home after the final session.
For more information about our Pause Button Therapy, please visit pausebuttontherapy.com
The “Gastric Mind Band” is fitted during the fourth and final session. After an in-depth talk about gastric band surgery, and how it works, you will see and hold a surgical gastric band, and watch a short video showing one being fitted.
During the Deep Hypnosis session which follows, you will then be taken on a virtual journey from the hospital ward to the operating theatre, incorporating all the accompanying sights, smells and sounds, culminating in the gastric mind band operation.
But, of course, that is far from the end of the therapy! Before leaving the clinic you will be given your own GMB tool kit: this includes a copy of the GMB comprehensive treatment manual, which covers in detail everything that happened during your sessions.
You will also be presented with a set of six digitally produced audio sessions. The kit also contains other additional, unique tools, each designed to help you achieve your weight loss goal, including your own mental pause button, and GMB wristband.
We will of course present you with a signed copy of both of our books.
As stated the GMB Premium package incorporates all of the above elements of the Standard package, with the addition of personalised nutrition and dietary advice, extra CBT session time, with completely unlimited session extension time, provided as required.
Follow Up and On-Going Support
The Gastric Mind Band Therapy is designed to be a life-changing experience, setting you off on a journey to a brand new way of life as a slimmer, healthier person.
After the therapy you will certainly have a different relationship with food, and maybe alcohol as well. You will find yourself eating much smaller portions and enjoying a generally healthier diet. Just as having a traditional gastric band surgically fitted is not a quick fix, nor a miracle cure, neither is the GMB approach: with both procedures, a number of life changes are required.
During the weeks following the treatment we will keep in touch with you, either by phone or by email, so that we can monitor your progress and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Approximately 8-10 weeks after the treatment, we also encourage you to either return to the clinic or arrange a Skype call for a follow-up session, where “adjustments” can be made, and we can discuss your progress in detail. During the session, as and when required we will dedicate time to explain the effects of alcohol with regard to losing weight, there are two pages on the site dedicated to the subject, Alcohol and Dieting and Alcohol and Weight Loss that you may find of interest.
The Gastric Mind Band Experience
When past clients are asked about their overall experience of the therapy, most people describe it as being pleasant, thought-provoking and, above all, life-changing. In the Case Studies section, you can read stories of past clients’ experiences, each in their own words. Additionally, if you visit the Press section of the site, you will be able to read independent Gastric Mind Band reviews as published in the world media, including some TV and radio links. Many clients have told us that following the treatment and reaching their goal weight they have taken their first beach holiday, always shying away from the experience in the past. This prompted us to write the following article that you may find interesting. How to always look thin in your holiday snaps.
Read Martin’s paper on the Origins of Obesity on this site.
But first, if you still have doubts, why not ‘Try it Before You Buy it’.
We recently recorded a one hour MP3 audio file, which contains a full introduction of the GMB treatment by Martin and Marion Shirran and includes a studio-produced full GMB Hypnotherapy Session, it will hopefully demonstrate to you how with the GMB treatment you really can achieve the Permanent Weight Loss you desire. The MP3 download costs just £9.95, which is fully refundable should you at any time within six months of purchase decide to undertake the GMB treatment in any format. You can read more information and if you wish download the file here.
You really have nothing to lose….Just Excess Weight
International Home Visits
In addition to providing the Gastric Mind Band treatment at the clinic, Martin and Marion continue to offer the full treatment package internationally via private home visits worldwide; the fees are subject to availability and negotiation.
Potential clients requiring additional information or details of availability are invited to contact Martin and Marion.
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So if you’re tired of yo-yo dieting and weight loss gimmicks that don’t work and are ready to permanently change your relationship with food, email us today using the contact form and we will be pleased to answer any outstanding questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon and maybe meeting you and helping you change your life for the better. If you have any questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
For a brief introduction to the GMB treatment view the short animation video below.