I'm a hypnotist. Even today it still seems to me like a funny thing to say.
As my first blog post here, I thought it might be interesting to talk about how and why this subject came to fascinate me and become something I wanted to do professionally. Believe me, just like many other hypnotist and therapists, the subject of hypnosis can still be a difficult one to broach with friends, family or other professional colleagues. I received a few odd looks, a few laughs and one or two out-and-out raised eyebrows. This actually made me even more curious because I already knew that many people pooh-pooh the effectiveness of massage and they’re often quite surprised by the difference it makes in their life. I was open to the understanding that while fashion and even accepted fact may come and go but when a particular modality has been around as long as hypnotism has, there is often a lot of good work underneath the hype, glamour, charlatanism and misinformation.
In massage I work mainly with clients with pain patterns, from many different sources; car accidents, slips and falls, overwork etc. What I found with some clients was a very real correlation between their mental or emotional states and their pain patterns. Now, I don’t mean that they were hypochondriacs or that the pain was all in their head. These were people with often well-documented injuries resulting in measurable physical restrictions.
Many times while working with massage clients, I was able to recognize the need for some sort of mental and emotional help. I thought that if I could only figure out of to “massage their mind” we would be working on the problems from opposite ends and might be able to meet in the middle, effecting change faster and more thoroughly. Several of my clients had already been through psychological therapy and hadn’t received good or sometimes any results at all. I soon found out that hypnosis works on many different physical phenomena such as some cases of Erectile Dysfunction, Blood Pressure Control and of course Pain Control among many others.
In massage we learn that the restrictions we find in the body are often closely tied to unresolved mental and emotional traumas. We can merely position the body in a certain way or touch a client in a way that instantly brings these issues to the surface. In hypnosis we find that solving mental and emotional traumas often free up chronic neck pain, back pain or headaches.
My conclusion, we all need head work and bodywork to be all that we can be and to live happy and productive lives.