Virtual Gastric Band
Life Change Programme

A Natural, Effective and Safe Way to
Kick Cravings & Unwanted Weight!

You CAN lose weight without dieting 
and without depriving yourself

I support you on your journey
and help you stay on track

Are YOU Ready to Transforming Yourself? 

“This programme is so much more than weight loss… 

It not only teaches you how you can change how you think and behave with and around food. It can also have a positive, flow on, effect on your life.”


Happy and relaxed

Often clients say they have much more energy and feel better about themselves. They feel more positive and motivated to achieve this goal, and also other goals in their life. They really do feel transformed!

This could be you… You too can gain these benefits! 

The Virtual Gastric Band has helped thousands of clients, all over the world.

It Can Help You Too!

It is not a diet! You are not depriving yourself. You just eat much smaller quantities!

The Virtual Gastric Band can help get your subconscious working in harmony with what you consciously want – lose weight – making it easier for you to shed those kilos.  Client’s have said that it’s like having two “people” in their head! One wants to lose weight, the other keeps sabotaging them. Sound familiar?

Once we can get the “two people in your head” work together, you’ll find you won’t even want unhealthy food and/or drinks.

Check out this article and video:  ‘Virtual’ gastric band helps desperate people to shed kilos. This can be you! You can give yourself that extra edge and transform your life. 

* Mel's Feedback and more...

This was so much more than weight loss!  

Starting my journey on this (VGB programme) which I thought was all about weight loss. How wrong I was!

My relationship with food was unhealthy, fraught with binge eating and feeling guilty for overeating!  Feeling helpless to change!  I tried every diet going, the promise of losing weight with a pill, a shake or a funny looking band for my thighs, yip I tried it all!  Nothing seemed to work for me (long term)!  If I didn’t lose weight in the first two days I would quit and think ‘stuff it’, I may as well eat all of those biscuits!  I do the shopping so I used to buy all the bad food!  And I was teaching my kids the same bad habits as mine.

I used to be slim in my 20’s, but once I had kids it all changed, tiredness kicked in and sugar became my friend for a quick fix!  My weight pulled on from there!  I hated myself 😢.

I had heard about the virtual gastric band on the radio, sitting in Auckland traffic on my way to work!  This really appealed to me, sounded non-invasive and attractive to a surgery phobia ridden girl like me!

Then I was cleaning a friend’s house and noticed her weight loss and asked her what she had being doing!  The conversation on the virtual gastric band then happened! So I quizzed her more and asked where one would get this done etc!  Sue Wood’s number was handed to me and wham I called and made an appointment to see Sue from Alpha Hypnosis.

The day came for my first session, I was excited and full of hope, I was finally going to be my ideal weight!  In no time at all I would be 20 kilos lighter! But as I found out, this was so much more than weight loss! It was about changing my thoughts deep within and learning about why I over eat!  This was not going to be a quick fix.

I had my ups and downs during the Christmas new-year period, when I came to a very heady realisation “this was a life-long journey and not a lose weight quick fix”.

Turning my negative food thoughts into positive ones and being ok with three small meals a day took some retraining, but now I finally feel like I’m on the right track to success!  It was a lot more than just being about food tho. It was about breaking the destructive thoughts inside my head of failure and ‘stuff- it’ thoughts took some retraining!

I have completed seven sessions with Sue and feel wonderful, positive and definitely more confident to continue!  I will smash my goals, it may take a little longer than first thought, but I’m ok with that! I don’t feel hungry anymore and I’m not reaching for the sweet food for energy, I get all I need from my three small meals a day!  I walk my dog every morning and have plenty of energy!

My thoughts around food have changed into positive ones. This really was all about changing my negative thoughts into positive ones.

This really has been a journey of enlightenment and being kind to myself is my main goal, the rest will follow! Thank you Sue for our sessions!

Mel 😊

Results may differ

This was so much more than weight loss #2

This was so much more than weight loss. It was about changing my thoughts deep within and learning about why I over eat!

This was not going to be a quick fix. I had my ups and downs during the Christmas new-year period and I came to a very heady realisation “this was a life-long journey and not just a lose weight ‘quick fix’.

  …  I don’t feel hungry anymore and I’m not reaching for the sweet food for energy, I get all I need from my three small meals a day!

I walk my dog every morning and have plenty of energy! My thoughts around food have changed into positive ones. This really was all about changing my negative thoughts into positive ones.

SJ Wellington

* Results may differ

I’ve reduce my portion size by 50%… and stopped snacking* 

I’ve reduced 6 kgs, my clothes are looser and I’ve gone down a full dress size.  I have a much more positive mind now and have reset my mind around food and snacking. I’ve reduce my portion size by 50% and, whereas I used to have a muffin every day, I have stopped snacking except about once a month when I choose to share a muffin with my girlfriend.  I really understand that I can do this now and I will get there (to my goal weight).  I’m very pleased with how this programme has gone.

CP Auckland

*Results may differ

This has blown me away*

Wow! I can’t believe it! After just one week, the only “snack” I’ve had was half of a cake that I shared with my girlfriend. This is a big deal for me as I used to scoff snacks and food from 10am – 4pm every day. I’ve tired every diet under the sun and wasted so much money, when it was all in my mind!  I feel so much happier and positive, after beating myself up every time I snacked or ate big meals and those were every night!  No wonder I never felt hungry. I know I have just started, but this has really blown me away. 

AK Auckland  

*Results may differ

(This) has helped me realise that I will no longer fail…*

Hypnotherapy helped me realise that I will no longer fail and that I will SUCCEED and I got a higher benefit from (Virtual Gastric Band) than I expected. It is a tool I highly recommend and credit highly! I have found unbelievable energy, confidence, drive and passion for my life again, and the motivation I feel now, to get on and live my life & achieve my goals, is great! I found (the programme) to be the ideal tool to assist me and give me the motivation to choose healthier choices and get me closer to achieving my goals. And I no longer feel the need to finish the bag of biscuits as soon as they’re open?  

I have even stopped chewing my nails, which I have done for about 20 years!*  

C DeS, Argentina

* Results may differ

One of the best decisions I have made" and more...

…one of the best decisions I have made, concerning my health, in years.*

After being to the doctors and realising I needed to do something about my weight, to improve my health, I contacted Sue Wood at Alpha Hypnosis. This was one of the best decisions I have made, concerning my health, in years.

I could not believe after my first session how little I needed to eat to feel satisfied. I have not felt the need to snack between meals, which was what I have previously done. One of the things that was a surprise, was that I can still eat the things I like.

What I have found is I have no desire to eat some food that I once could not resist. I am now so much more aware of when I have had enough and I can stop eating.

I really enjoy doing my daily exercise. My knees and hip are not hurting the way they once did. I also have more energy.

Sue is always so positive and makes me realise I am doing really well and I will continue to.

Thank you, Sue, for your amazing support.

Teacher, Auckland

* Results may differ

It’s been an amazing turn around!*

I used to think about food all the time, so what surprised me is that since starting with Sue Wood and the Virtual Gastric Band, I don’t think about food anymore.

I’ve lost 2.4kgs this week!  I find the 3 small meals a day really satisfy me. I’ve had the very occasional snack, way smaller than before, but no “cravings” like I had before.  Snacking was a big issue for me previously.  I would sit on the coach and eat my way through a packet of biscuits. Now I just have one IF I feel like it.

I like that this is not depriving me of foods that I like, I just have much smaller quantities. I haven’t really wanted biscuits, so only eat them very occasionally.

I chose to park further away from the school now and walk to pick the kids up. Then I take them to the park, and while they’re playing I do some pull ups on the bars, then afterwards we do a big walk around the park. It’s great! Those walks have been huge for us and the kids love it. They get back home really happy and revitalized, not tired at all!  It’s really benefitted them in so many ways.  They’re spending quality time with me, getting lots of fresh air and chatting about their day. And when we get home they don’t want to blob on the couch like we used to. My son wants to help me get dinner, and my daughter gets her scooter out.

The kids also have a much better mind set, because I have too. I’m much more positive about things. It’s a big deal.

When I look back I realise I used to eat the portion size of a grown man, maybe two!  Since the start of this programme, I’ve had much smaller and healthier meals. I’ve done a complete about turn. I’m really feeling so positive. I’m much more in control of my eating.  I feel really good about it. And it’s been so easy because I’ve had so much energy.  I’m surprisingly more energetic.

I’m not really a morning person, but as soon as I wake up I listen to the (support) audio, have a drink of water, a small breakfast and then I have a good day! Days haven’t been this good for a long time, not smooth like I’m having now.

Plus, I used to suffer from depression, so my days were not too good or pretty awful. Now I feel good or very good every day!  It’s been an amazing turn around! I would never have picked it would be so powerful, and in so many different ways.

Mum of two, Auckland

* Results may differ

Other comments… 

  • I went into the supermarket and it wasn’t until I was unpacking my shopping that I realised that I hadn’t bought any chocolate or chips!  It just didn’t occur to me to buy it, and I don’t feel the urge to eat that sort of food at all.*
  • I feel much more motivated, and I’m losing weight. I’m feeling so much better, a lot more energy. I just feel so much fitter and healthier.*
  • I can’t believe it! I was addicted to energy drinks, and I’ve completely stopped buying them. I don’t even miss them at all.*
  • I can’t believe how easy it was to cut down my portion side and stop snacking*
  • “I was shocked when I realised how much I used to eat. this has completely changed my mind around.”

* Results may differ

More about the psychology of the Virtual Gastric Band

With my Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme.. you are guided to tap into your inner “driver” – your subconscious mind – and the processes help you release unwanted weight while enjoying a very pleasant hypnosis relaxation. This helps you to have both parts of your mind working together – pulling in the same direction – which makes it much easier to eat smaller meals, rejecting snacks, sugary drinks, etc. so you slowly and naturally get rid of those unwanted kilos and give you a greater sense of control. You feel free!

Would it help you to get rid of that unwanted weight if you felt like that? If you really want to get rid of those extra kilos your answer is likely to be yes!  And studies and research into hypnosis for weight loss have proved that it is not only effective for getting rid of unwanted weight, but also of keeping it off long term. The Virtual Gastric Band developed by Sheila Granger, one of the UK’s leading hypnotherapists. After developing the VGB programme Sheila started with a free group trial of 25 overweight people of various sizes and weights. Here’s what Sheila says about that trail…

“Given that the treatment was not to be personalised, I had envisaged perhaps only a 40% success rate, believing that group treatment might dilute its effectiveness. I saw the group for just three one-hour sessions. I was astounded to record that the group lost a total of over 14 Stone (90 kilos) between them – in only three weeks – and all but one reported a change in their eating habits. This equates to an average of 14.58 lbs (3.75 kilos)” 

Since the initial trial, Sheila developed the programme further so it is now 4 sessions that form the basic programme. This is the only VGB programme to have been the subject a clinical study. Sheila has been working from a GP’s surgery and she has conducted a further trial for one of the doctors there.  Ten patients were taken, some of whom had been refused gastric surgery due to financial constraints imposed by the NHS. Again, the programme was found to produce positive results, this time for nine out of the ten patients.

With feedback from our clients and my own weight loss journey we have developed this into a Life Change programme. Many clients wanted or needed longer support, so we have developed this new programme, to give you the support you need to see you though your weight loss journey.  
Read more about client successes & research regarding hypnotherapy & weight loss 

What Dr Oz had to say about weight loss

It’s not your fault!

Some time ago TV’s Dr. Oz was talking about hypnotherapy and weight loss. On that programme, his guest was Paul McKenna, Hypnotherapist and trainer, who explained how hypnotherapy can make it much easier for you to lose weight.

Dr Oz explained that there are two patterns that Paul McKenna thinks keeps everyone from being trim….

  • Emotional Eating – this is when you eat when you are lonely, bored, upset, frustrated, etc. We call it ‘Head Hunger”.
  • Obsessive Dieting – you try every diet that you can think of: high protein; low fat; high fat; low carb; weight loss pills; etc, etc.  All you can think about is dieting… and eating.  You can start a diet on Monday, and within 2-3 days  you eat something not allowed in your diet, and the diet goes out the window until the next time.

These are psychological patterns, so that when you can’t stick to your diet it can lead to negative feelings of guilt, anger and frustration.  You no longer feel in control of your eating or your life. Sound familiar?

It’s likely to have happened gradually, probably over a few or many years. This is NOT your fault! It’s sort of “snuck up” on you over the years, perhaps many years. And by the time you realised you were overweight, the old habits had become embedded into your subconscious.

How this Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme can really help you with losing weight

And this programme can help you address your relationship with food and help you resolve past issues, and give you longer support to see you though.

This is not a “quick fix” or a “magic wand”.  If that’s what you want, you’ve come to the wrong place. And you’ve probably tried lots of those types of ‘diets’ and programmes before anyway? And where has it got you, if you still need to lose weigh! Lower your expectations – this is not a “lose 12 kgs in 10 week”. I don’t make those hyped up marketing. This is about the two of us working together. I bring my expertise to your sessions, plus I provide multiple support audios and other support. However, some of it is up to you. I can’t be with you 24/7.

No one’s journey is perfect.  Mine wasn’t and life isn’t perfect either!  We all have our little slip-ups, trip ups, fall downs and stops, along the way. And that is perfectly OK!  I can say that these “hiccups” as I like to call them tend to be much shorter or less than what you might have experienced in the past.

E.g.  a client came into the office for her 3rd session saying “I’ve blown it this week, I’ve been terrible!”  She’d been fine up until then. Turns out she has 2 major family events (a 40th wedding anniversary & big birthday) over two evenings. On discussing it with her I discovered out of 21 meals that week she’d only eaten 2 (slightly) larger meals. So 19 out of 21 meals that week were fine! And the meals were nowhere near what she would have eaten before starting her VGB programme!  It was working for her!

The main thing is to pick yourself up, get back on the 4 Golden Rules and keep going.

Yes, you will need to make some conscious decisions, take responsibility to schedule in time to listen to the support audios each day, do the home work and the other things, stick to the “Rules” and allow time for yourself and this programme each and every day for some weeks, until it has become a regular new habit to eat smaller quantities and you no longer have cravings.

This is a serious life changing programme and everyone’s journey on it is different.  We each go at our own speed. 

Oprah magazine - How effective is hypnosis for weight loss
“When it comes to losing weight, you already know about the usual go-to professionals: doctors, nutritionists and dietitians, personal trainers, even mental health coaches. But there may be one you haven’t quite thought of yet: a hypnotist.

It turns out using hypnosis is another road people are venturing down in the name of weight loss. And typically, it’s traveled after all the other last-ditch efforts (I see you, juice cleanses and fad diets) are tried and failed, says Greg Gurniak, a certified clinical and medical hypnotist practicing in Ontario.

But it’s not about someone else controlling your mind and making you do funny things while you’re unconscious. “Mind control and losing control—aka doing something against your will—are the biggest misconceptions about hypnosis,” says Kimberly Friedmutter, hypnotherapist and author of Subsconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You’ve Always Wanted. “Because of how the entertainment industry portrays hypnotists, people are relieved to see I’m not wearing a black robe and swinging a watch from a chain.”

Read more….

Which would be the best weight loss option for you?

You chose which of our Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programmes suits you best…

1. Personalised programme*

  • Sessions over 3-6 months
  • 4+ Support Audios
  • Greater support than other VGB programmes

* This is conducted one to one – online, or in person in our Auckland clinic (Covid permitting).

NOTE: Time Payment Available on all programmes
Hypnotherapy with a client

2. Online Group programme**

    • 9 Online Sessions
    • 4+ Support Audios
    • Greater support than other VGB programmes

** This group starting soon

NOTE: Time Payment Available on all programmes
Virtual Gastric Band Life Change online group with Sue Wood
In 2014 Sue Wood trained personally with the UK pioneer of the Virtual Gastric Band programme.
Sue found the Virtual Gastric Band programme has not only assisted her to lose weight (16.5 kilos*) but it has helped many of her clients. Check out her photos >>>

She can assist with many issues around your weight. 

  • You crave sweet biscuits / chocolates or sweet drinks etc.
  • You eat when you’re upset / bored / sad / angry, etc.
  • And once you started eating maybe you feel you can’t stop?
  • Maybe you seem to eat more in the winter, or maybe when you have your period?
  • You may worry about not getting enough food to stop feeling hungry or getting food cravings?

Maybe you settled down, got into a relationship, had children and slowly the weight increased. Perhaps you weren’t as active as you were when you were younger? Perhaps you continued to eat like a teenager? Or, it may have been that you’ve had a situation in the past where your subconscious mind believed that you needed to “protect” yourself by putting on additional weight. This may occurred without you even realising it consciously. Whatever the reason, you are now overweight; your mind is out of balance around food.

As this behaviour comes from your subconscious mind, this Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme can help you reset your mind and get it back into balance, so you no longer crave certain food or drink, snack when not hungry or eat huge meals. It can help you reduce portion size, reduce or stop snacking and sugary drinks and move your body more. This really is a life changing programme!

* Results may differ


Read more about Sue’s own weight loss journey with the Virtual Gastric Band...

“I have been a hypnotherapist for a number of years, specialising in weight loss. I personally trained with Sheila Granger in 2014 and was very impressed with her Virtual Gastric Band programme. After helping a number of clients with this programme I decided, as I was helping others lose weight with it, I’d better use it myself as my weight had crept up to over 86 kilos, and I was obese even though I kept fairly fit and active.

Since starting the VGB I’ve got rid of over 16.5 kilos*, down to my goal weight.

On this programme, I found it very easy to reduce my food intake, knock off the snacking and increase my exercise. When I reach my goal weight I will stay there. And I’ll be able to shop for more new clothes!” 

* Results may differ


Sue says…  “I believe this Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme is the most effective and easiest method to lose weight.  You will change how you think about food, to release that unwanted weight and give you the support you need through your journey. This programme can really help you transform your life”

I offer a FREE, no obligation, consultation!

Where you can discuss what’s been happeing and what you want to achieve, with me in complete confidence, plus I can answer your queries personally and explain how my  programme can help you.

If you are fed up with diet yoyo and programme that don’t work long term… Contact me on now or call on 09-8377 877…

What have you got to loose?


    Hypnotherapy can help YOU get rid of that unwanted weight, and keep it off

    Why is losing weight (and keeping it off) much easier using hypnotherapy? 

    To achieve a reduction in your weight there may be three points that need to be addressed:

    1. Your Eating/Drinking Habits
    2. Moving Your Body
    3. Your Mind

    And the point that most diet and gum programmes don’t address is the 3rd – your mind.

    Our Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme can help you with weight management/weight loss in a number of different ways…

    • Transform the way your think
    • Reduce stress and help you relax
    • Help you reset your mind, get it back into balance
    • Gentle processes to change the way you behave around food
    • Strengthen your motivation to eat / drink healthier
    • Increase your motivation to exercise
    • Feel so much better about yourself
    • Overcome hidden obstacles that stop you keeping weight off
    • All of this is reinforced during this programme

    It is important that you maintain a positive outlook about achieving your goal and being willing to make conscious healthy life choices. To be willing to do whatever it takes to reach your desired outcome. 

    What about using a audio from the internet for hypnosis weight loss? You need to be aware that any audio like this can only ever be very general.  It can’t pinpoint the triggers that “drive” your eating habits and/or lack of motivation to exercise.  And they are the ones your personalised Virtual Gastric Band programme will help you deal with.

    More About The Virtual Gastric Band With Alpha Hypnosis
    The Virtual Gastric Band programme utilises clinical hypnotherapy and NLP to replicate the effects of gastric surgery, but without the risks that actual surgery can bring about.   There are associated risks with any surgery and with gastric band surgery, there are a number of risks – band slippage, food obstruction, infection, perforation (a tear in the wall of the stomach), etc. although these risks are low.  There may also be complications afterwards – nausea, vomiting, regurgitation, etc. and patients are more likely to be affected by these.  Because of these risk factors, this type of surgery is usually only recommended for seriously obese people, and only after other options have been tried. Compared with the actual Gastric Band surgery this Virtual Gastric Band programme is risk-free – there are none of the after effects that can occur with surgery, plus it’s very cost-effective compared to surgery which can cost between $10,000 – $20,000.
    With our Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme, we provide six (6) sessions, a number of support audios, plus 6 or 12 months back up support.
    All are included in your investment. 
    Sue Wood is a Certified Virtual Gastric Band Practitioner, trained personally by the UK’s Sheila Granger, Hypnotherapists and Lifestyle Engineer. Sue has been a clinical hypnotherapist for many years and is a Registered Hypnotherapist with the NZ Hypnotherapist Regsitration Board Inc. The only independent hypnotherapy registration board  for hypnotherapy in this country. She is also an Honourary Life Member of the NZ Association for Professional hypnotherapists Inc. Click here to read more about Sue  Getting rid of unwanted weight is different to quitting smoking, in that you don’t have to smoke, but you do still have to eat!  And each time you eat it acts like a trigger. Plus your emotions can also act as triggers.
    Our Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme can help you overcome this. You wnat to lose weight fast? It always amazes that some people want to get rid of those unwanted kilos in just a few weeks or a couple of months, even though it may have taken years to put on all those extra kilos. They’re looking for a “quick fix” or want to lose weight fast, which is why so many people flock to various diet and/or exercise programmes. They see a new diet, and think “great, I’ll try that!”  Have you “been there, done that”? Scientists have done research that proves that many people have an unrealistic expectation of how fast they can lose weight.*
    If you’re looking for a quick fix, then this programme probably isnt for you. And losing weight too fast can be harmful to your health. Our Virtual Gastric Band Life Change programme can make it much easier for you to trim centimetres off your body and release those extra kilos safely, naturally and gradually.   This is a much healthier way of getting rid of unwanted kilos than a quick fix diet or clever promises.
    With Hypnotherapy, your mind has an image of the gastric band around your tummy, which can lead it to “believe” you can eat much smaller meals.  It is anticipated this will become your new automatic behaviour, replacing your old unhealthy eating habits.  This programme coaches and assists you with getting fitter, better eating (no, not dieting) giving you more motivation for exercising your body. And this programme ensures you come first.

    Invest in your future now!

    Call Sue on (09) 8377877 to book your appointment!

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