Chronic pain has been linked to numerous physical and mental conditions, and contributes to high health care costs and lost productivity. (1)
Chronic pain, one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. (2)
It is estimated that between at least 20% and in some sub-groups 40% of people are experiencing chronic pain at any given time.
This is linked to:
- restrictions in mobility and daily activities (3,4),
- dependence on opioids (5),
- anxiety and depression (3),
- and poor perceived health or reduced quality of life
Chronic pain is a huge problem. In the USA alone chronic pain contributes to an estimated $560 billion each year in direct medical costs, lost productivity, and disability programs.
Despite an abundance of pain killers on the market, and a wide variety of physical therapies, chronic pain continues to be the experience for hundreds of millions of people. Plus, it's incidence is on the rise. (6)
Hypnosis is a tool that offers considerable leverage in changing behaviours and experiences related to pain. (1)
We believe that a clear understanding of the nature of pain, and an awareness of the evidence that hypnotic techniques can help, is an excellent step towards freedom from unnecessary suffering. It helps provide a sense of control. It enables you to take responsibility for your well-being.
Tales of seemingly miraculous relief of pain have been associated with hypnosis from antiquity to the present time.
A meta-analysis of controlled trials of hypnotic analgesia indicates that hypnosis can provide significant relief for 75% of the population. (2)
The effect is largest for those who are highly suggestible, but is also relatively large for moderately suggestible people.
Because hypnotic pain control includes a placebo element, almost everyone can experience a reduction in pain through suggestive techniques.
Pain has a 'sensory / physical component', and an...
One of the things hypnotherapy can help with is to reduce or eliminate useless and unnecessary chronic pain. We teach all of our students how to do this. It is something many of our hypnotherapy clients seek our help with.
Of course appropriate and competent medical and physical evaluation should always be undertaken, before trying to eliminate pain, because pain can be a signal that something is wrong.
Before attempting to relieve your own, or others pain, ask if that pain is of any use to you? Ask, if you were free of the pain, would that be detrimental to you in any way?
If the answer to these questions is "no", then you may wish to engage in strategies that help relieve or eliminate pain.
That process begins by better understanding pain. Here we highlight the key difference between acute and chronic pain. In other blog posts from us you will learn how it is possible to change our experience of pain, and gain a sense of control over it.
A couple of years back, during a harsh winter in the UK, I got snowed in for a few days. The cupboards were stocked, a wood fire was keeping the house warm, and I decided to return to the classics and binge - by that I mean re-read the books considered to be of seminal importance in the development of hypnosis. Most of which I read when I first got into the subject.
Although there were one or two sources that I return to often, many were things I had not looked at for years. Reading them again in the light of 20+ years experience was an eye-opener.
I started with the work of three giants of hypnotism, made notes and eventually extracted 108 quotes from each, that I considered to be the most important, insightful or interesting. These were:
Dr. Milton H Erickson - Complete Works of Hypnosis
Dave Elman - Findings in Hypnosis
George H. Estabrooks - Hypnotism.
I looked for quotes that communicated the essence of their approach, quotes that gave an insight into their theoretical...
Recently I had the chance to interview Aaron Alexander. A legendary figure on the underground mystery performers scene.
You can watch the full 45 minute interview on the Facebook page of The Jacquin Hypnosis Academy.
If you haven't already done so, and you use Facebook, check out The Jacquin Hypnosis Academy page there.
I just posted a video of me demonstrating The Bridge. This is a technique by Aaron Alexander, where first your pulse gets in sync with your participant, then your movements, and in this demo, you are then able to push them over from a distance.
I recently interviewed Aaron Alexander and that will be published in the next few days.
Dave Elman (May 6, 1900 – 5 December 1967) was a noted American radio host, comedian, and songwriter, and important figure in the field of hypnosis. He is most known today as the author of Findings in Hypnosis (1964).
On page one of his famous book he states, "There is really no such thing as a hypnotist."
But what did he mean?
It strikes me that this notion was an important one to Elman, given that it is stated so early on. Yet, when I have discussed it's meaning with other hypnotists, there is little consensus about what it means.
Some suggest it means 'all hypnosis is self-hypnosis', that the subject essentially hypnotises themselves, even if a hypnotist is present. Other's have suggested that it means 'everyone is a hypnotist', that the skill is already in our hands.
While both points have some merit, if we consider the quote in the context of other comments on the page, it becomes clear that Elman sees the hypnotist as more of a guide, or what he...
UK Hypnosis Convention 2019 - Last night I had the honour of delivering the keynote address at the gala dinner to 230 guests.
It was a go deep or go home situation. In what was a lovely surprise my friend and chief howler Tim A. Cummins wrote an introduction to my work which Adam Eason read out.
In summary my message was encouragement..
- To assist those in our community, who wish to assist people in theirs.
- To create a practice, that is accepting enough that it can say 'yes to everything' that your client brings into it. Spacious enough to accommodate their pain, their discomfort, their self-doubt, and do so without judgement.
- To study. Not because we seek certainty. But because you wish to be in service to deeper levels of human flourishing.
- To be bold. Engage in self-hypnosis every day.
- To be curious. Test your assertions in the laboratory of your own life.
- To be hypnosis. Reveal your will to act and to shine a light on the possibility of a better future for...
Day 2 of the UK Hypnosis Convention was incredible.
It kicked of with Gary 'Smiler' Turner giving a high-octane lecture about dealing with 'anger.' Great structure, packed with info and a fun delivery.
I spent the rest of the day in the main room with the academics. It was so much more dynamic than I imagined it might be. Absolutely professional, informative talks, all day long.
My old business partner Kev Sheldrake gave a whistlestop history tour of Head Hacking. Using it as a vehicle to illustrate the hacker mindset, the importance of branding, and of course the appliance of science.
Ben Parras shared a fascinating look at the concepts of involuntariness and effortfulness, bringingup some of the most interesting studies into hypnosis.
Dr. Michael Heap, gave a rare and excellent overview of his work as an expert witness in court cases involving hypnosis.
The day however, was utterly stolen by Prof. Zoltan Dienes. He suggested we rebrand hypnosis as 'phenomenological control.'...
Today I gave my lecture at The UK Hypnosis Convention. Around 135 attended.
The topic was self-hypnosis.
In short the science suggests that we do not need to do an induction to respond to suggestion. And that we are in fact always 'on' and responsive to suggestion.
We can get better as subjects by modelling highly hypnotisable people.
Some of the references I shared with those who attended are below - including one of my favourite books 'The Psychology of Consciousness' by William Farthing, which you can find online for free.
References from my talk.
Creative Imagination Scale - This is useful to self-assess your current skill as a subject.
The Psychology of Consciousness by William Farthing PDF - Read it all, especially the chapter on Altered States.
Read this for a great summary of psychosomatic phenomena.
Barber, T. X. (1978)....
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