Self Hypnosis for Pain Relief
Why do we speak of pain & suffering when we could just speak about pain?
What difference is there between the two? Pain is an actual physical sensation, whereas suffering is the story, the judgement, the fear and the stress that our minds create around the pain.
It is these psychological aspects around pain that interest me as a therapist, because to remove them may not remove the pain, but it can certainly lessen the mental and emotional impact of it. Because it relieves stress, it can also lessen the overall pain level, as it is well known that stress itself can increase pain, often to a significant degree.
Do you, or someone you know, experience chronic pain?
If you constantly think about your pain and how terrible it is, it’s easy to get stuck, not just in a cycle of pain, but in a cycle of pain and despair. If you can train your mind to think of comforting and healing thoughts you’ll certainly experience less suffering and ultimately may experience significantly less pain.
As both a hypnotherapist and as someone who has trained themselves to eliminate mental & emotional suffering and reduce my own chronic / acute pain I want to help others in the same way.
So I want to give you some ideas and suggestions that you might want to use in your self-hypnosis sessions to improve your level of comfort. Whenever you use self-hypnosis (there are different self-hypnosis techniques given on this blog) choose about four suggestions to work with. Write your suggestions down and and either read them to yourself several times before going into hypnosis or, if you can remember them easily enough, incorporate them into your hypnosis session. Repeat your suggestions to yourself during normal consciousness as well. After five days or so, choose another four suggestions to work with. In a hypnotic state, whether induced by a therapist or by yourself, these positive affirmations can bypass the clutter and the negative habits we have built up over the years. They take root in deeper and more fertile soil. We can pause and deeply appreciate and enjoy their resonance and meaning. They become, with repeated application, part of us. A part of us that we have deliberately and consciously cultivated rather than something lumped on us by our conditioning!
Here are some ideas to get you started
- I am more and more comfortable and relaxed.
- A wave of relaxation/healing energy flows through me.
- I deserve to be comfortable.
- I have increasing faith in my body’s healing power.
- I give myself permission to heal.
- I am increasingly calm, comfortable and relaxed.
- My muscles are progressively more and more soft, loose, limp and relaxed, like a rag doll.
- My joints move freely, smoothly, comfortably.
- Every nerve and fibre in my body is quiet and still.
- Stress drains away from me, like water flowing down the plug hole.
- I fully accept myself.
- I feel more and more peaceful, happy and content.
- I’m getting better and better at using self-hypnosis to heal my body.
- I think and talk to myself positively.
- I can turn down the intensity of discomfort naturally and easily.
- I am safe and supported.
- Healing light flows through me to wherever it’s needed.
Don’t hesitate to add any of your own if you wish!
When creating your own self suggestions remember:
- they must always be stated in the present tense; i.e. “I am …” not “I will be …” otherwise your goal will always be in the future.
- state what you want – not what you don’t want, i.e. “I am comfortable” instead of “I’m not in pain”; your unconscious mind will simply ignore the “not” and more pain is what you’ll get.
- where appropriate make your suggestions progressive, i.e. more and more, increasingly, progressively.
- keep your suggestions very specific, simple and direct.
- avoid using the word “try” as it indicates attempting to do something, but not quite succeeding.
Finally when you’ve written your suggestions, read over them carefully to ensure that your unconscious mind is not going to interpret them literally. When you use suggestions in hypnosis it’s also a good idea to put a time limit on them – for example if your suggestion is “I fully accept myself” it would be perfectly reasonable to add “from now on, for the rest of my life”. However if you are saying “my muscles are progressively more and more soft, loose, limp and relaxed, like a rag doll” you might want to add “for the duration of this hypnosis session”. After all, getting up and cooking dinner in rag doll mode would have high comedy value but limited practical application. If you’re giving suggestions regarding turning down the intensity of discomfort, you might want to add “for the rest of today”. Whatever suggestions you choose, repetition is key – repeat them over and over to yourself either just before you go into hypnosis or during your hypnosis session itself, and in your normal, everyday life as well.
Finally, please bear in mind that pain is usually there for a reason, as a warning signal that something needs to be addressed. Before beginning any self-hypnosis for pain relief please consult your doctor for a diagnosis and appropriate medical intervention.
Any questions… please feel free to ask below, I’m happy to help in any way I can, not just as a hypnotherapist, but as someone who uses these techniques to great effect every day of my life.