How To Control Pain With Self Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is well known for its ability to control or alleviate pain. What is not so widely known is that it is possible for anyone to learn simple self hypnosis techniques that can, with practice, reduce or eliminate pain.
Obviously, before you do any kind of self hypnosis for pain control it is very important that you have sought qualified medical help for any pain or discomfort that you have been experiencing.
Like everything, the technique you are about to learn improves with practice. You may see immediate benefits from doing the following visualization exercise, many people do, but it is quite possible that you will need to practice this self hypnosis technique a little before it makes much difference to your levels of pain.
Firstly a quick note. Self hypnosis is just relaxation. Keep this in mind. Let’s assume for this exercise that the pain is a migraine headache.
1. If the bad feeling in your head were on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being total comfort and 100 being excruciating agony, what number would you give it right now?
2. Find a time when you are least likely to be disturbed, switch off the phones and sit in a chair (if possible) with your back properly supported and your feet flat on the floor.
3. Look slowly and carefully around you at everything in the room (assuming you are inside). Take in as much detail as you can because in a moment you are going to close your eyes and ‘see’ the room in your imagination.
4. Now close your eyes for a few seconds and remember what the room looks like. Take your time.
5. Now open your eyes and look at the room again, all around you, and find something extra to add to the detail of your ‘inner picture’. Perhaps it will be the light and the shadows, perhaps something on the wall you didn’t notice before, perhaps it will be the way your clothes look, the folds of the material.
6. Now close your eyes again and see the room, with your eyes closed, more completely.
7. Repeat this procedure three or four times. And remember, take your time, take it easy.
8. Now, with your eyes closed, imagine floating out of your body and imagine standing ten feet in front (look through any intervening wall, if you have to), looking back at yourself sitting over there in the chair. Imagine what you would look like, from this distance, from this direction, and get a sense of how the room would look from there.
9. Now gently move your perspective so that in your imagination you are standing 10 feet away to the right, see the right hand side of your face and body, in your mind’s eye, and imagine how the room would look from there.
10. Now gently move your perspective again to 10 feet behind the chair (once again, simply look through anything that would be intervening). See how much detail you can get in your inner picture from this direction.
11. Now gently move so that, in your imagination, you are 10 feet away from the left of the chair that your body is sitting in, once again filling in as much detail as you can remember.
12. Now slowly repeat the above four steps from 30 feet away, in your mind’s eye, then from 100 feet away, then from 300 feet above, looking straight down through the building at the tiny little room down there.
13. Now float up, in your imagination further and further until the building itself becomes just a dot. Imagine what the surrounding landscape would look like. Keep floating up so that the horizon begins to curve, all around, until the planet itself is just a blue, green and white ball, getting smaller and smaller, until it disappears, and just float in the vastness of space surrounded by thousands of bright stars.
14. What number would you give the feeling in your head, right now?
Self hypnosis for pain control can be very powerful and very effective. Give yourself the opportunity to do it properly rather than just thinking about doing it.
Steve Tromans is the hypnotherapist and NLP Trainer who founded http://www.justbewell.com website.