The problem with pain and how hypnosis can help

Hypnosis Pain Relief

Pain is a very important message that lets us know if our body is in danger. The pain message helps prevent us from doing something that may make an injury worse than it already is. However these messages are processed not at the place that is hurting but relayed back from the brain to the injury.

The problem with this system is that these signals can become switched on even when the body has physically healed. The brain is actually controlling the amount of pain that we are experiencing and in effect, opening and closing “gates” that govern how much of the signal from the injury to let through. The brain can also choose to close these gates by releasing endorphins that will block that signal.

Now when a client comes to see me with pain issues it is important for them and myself that they are in touch with their GP or surgeon since we want to be sure that the sensations they are experiencing are not part of an underlying ongoing issue. Once that is clear then it really is possible to look for other ways to quieten down the constant messages that the brain has not yet switched off.

Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique can be exceptionally effective in helping the mind safely bypass the “switched on” pain channel. By accessing deep relaxation, engaging the creative mind and releasing unconscious negative thinking around the issue I have actually witnessed clients who struggled to reach my office on the first floor actually walk out with hardly a limp in their step.

As with most of the work I do there are so many factors controlling our unconscious behaviour that it is virtually impossible to access and deal with them all using conscious thinking. Telling myself it doesn’t hurt just won’t cut it. The unconscious creative is the part that will help us access much deeper levels of safety and healing. Hypnosis and trance are the pathways I use to access the part that knows how to help us make important unconscious change.

Working in this we way we can begin to “rewire” the old connections and replace them with newer, healthier and more appropriate connections. Scientists call this process of rewiring neuroplasticity.

Working in hypnosis with Trauma and Abuse

Hypnosis Truama

I have long held the view that most of us who are wanting to resolve past traumatic experiences would probably rather not talk about and revisit the experiences again in their lives, in their minds or in their therapy sessions. Most of my clients suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) may well have had many sessions of counseling, psychotherapy and retold their story over and over again revisiting each of those traumatic experiences in detail.

Now many people may prefer to talk through their issues and that is fine but in my view at the end of the day we are using therapy to let go of the past so that we can fully engage with our present and future. I am of of the opinion that continuing to visit those old traumatic experiences will only trigger more anxiety and stress.

This is why I use a mix of Hypnosis, EFT, and EMDR. (Emotional Freedom Technique/Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitisation. The real value of using these three together is that they can guide the client into a state of altered awareness or trance, both of which I would class as a form of hypnosis. However that is an argument for another day and has been going on for decades!

Once we engage the creative part of the brain on a deep hypnotic level we no longer need the conscious mind to do the work. This means that the client is free to let the unconscious mind do the work instead. Then the changes and release of past sensitive material can be processed unconsciously beneath the conscious awareness which is far less distressing.

Also, a lot of traumatic material is not, and never could be available to the conscious mind. I can’t remember being born and neither can you but that would have been a major traumatic experience at a time when we were at our most vulnerable.

I regularly work with clients with these issues and many times at the end of a few sessions they will have turned this issue around and I still know very little about the events they have been through because they would rather not talk about it. If a client wishes to talk through the past it is important to do so but certainly not necessary.

Are you feeling stressed by overthinking and the thoughts in your head?

Over Thinking

One of the amazing things about the human brain is that we can think and work things out in our head. This process helps us navigate through our complex daily lives. We can arrive at the right place at the right time and manage all those everyday tasks almost automatically day in and day out.

However thinking can also get us into a lot of mental complexity. Especially when it becomes obsessive thinking such as obsessive compulsive disorder. Now we don’t even need to have OCD to start getting stuck in a loop of nonsensical personal arguments with ourselves. This type of thinking can bring stress and anxiety into our daily lives without us even knowing it.

For instance we may have spoken to someone and felt they were a bit offhand or rude. But we don’t know anything about that person’s feelings or experiences that day, or maybe we just feel a little vulnerable ourselves. This does not stop our inner conversation getting straight into gear and giving all sorts of reasons why they “should have behaved better”, “what is wrong with them?”, “what is wrong with me?” etc. etc. This is our primal brain trying to justify our dominance or position in the primate hierarchy and since this thinking is developed from our primal feelings it is very hard to switch off.

Once our cognitive mind recognises that our brain is making a lot of this up it can help release us from this interminable loop of nonsense that seems to take up a lot of our everyday thinking. And it often is nonsense, or as I call it “Fairy Tales” since these thoughts are not based on facts but on us making up stories in our head.

The brain likes to make up “Fairy Tales”, stories, so that in effect we can “Feel Safe” and “Right”. To feel relaxed and safe is the state we would like to be in but unfortunately when we try to generate our “happy, feel good brain chemicals” by making up stories we won’t feel happy for very long.

So my 21 day challenge is to interrupt that “Fairy Tale” and call it out for what it is. It may feel a bit weird at first but after a while you will notice less of that sort of thinking taking up space in your mind. Don’t waste any more time telling yourself “Fairy Tales” that really have no basis in reality.

Then you really will feel safe, relaxed and comfortable.