Hypnosis and Body Pain/Symptom Management

Do you have chronic pain ? If yes, have you ever tried talking with your body? Have you ever asked the question to your sore neck, aching shoulder, or swollen knee….what do you want to SAY? Hypnosis can help you to get in contact with your body, to have a dialogue and to really listen to the messages that your body is giving you.

Through alchemical hypnotherapy techniques, you have the ability to learn more about your aches and pains….why are they there? What is their purpose? What is needed to release the pain? How exactly does this work?

Using hypnosis to induce a trance state, clients are able to journey into the body. In accessing the subconscious mind, clients are empowered to receive information as to what is going on in the body, as well as to find their own self-healing images. The following examples illustrate this process. Both of the following clients were using hypnosis in conjunction with medical treatment (for GERD) and physical therapy (for shoulder pain).

Kathy’s Story...
Kathy was seeking hypnosis for help with feelings of anxiety and fear of moving forward with life goals. During her second session, she complained of gastroesophageal reflux, and burning in her esophagus, tension in her jaw; however, she was sure this had nothing to do with her feelings of anxiety. Her conscious mind believed that the reflux was there because of her diet and her love of acidic foods. She was, however, agreeable to asking her esophagus and her jaw what they wanted to tell her. She got messages that she never expected. Kathy’s esophagus told her that she continually swallows her words instead of saying what she really wants to say. Each time she swallows and pushes her words down, they fight to come back up – her body has a burning desire to speak – urging Kathy to speak up for herself. The message from Kathy’s jaw was that it’s tired of feeling clamped down…locked…because it’s not free to speak. Kathy’s mind took her back to an earlier memory in her life when this started for her. She saw the situation and the people who she did not feel safe enough to speak up to, which created a life pattern of swallowing her words and learning to be accommodating instead of honest. In this journey, when asking the body what it needed, Kathy was shown a key – the key was to be used to unlock her jaw and let it speak. Kathy unlocked her jaw and said what she had always wished she said during that early memory. She was then shown other memories of significant times when she swallowed her words, and again we went through each of them, allowing her the freedom of words flowing easily through an unlocked jaw. Kathy was given “homework” to listen to her hypnotic audio to reinforce this information and body lesson, as well as to begin to practice speaking up for herself in her various situations in her current life. After using what she learned over the next few weeks, she reported a significant decrease in both the GERD symptoms that often occurred in specific situations, as well as the jaw tension. Using this, as well as other techniques in subsequent sessions, Kathy was able to find and deal with the root cause of her anxiety. She has since accomplished two of her primary goals she had on her life wish list that she previously had felt too anxious to move forward with!

Nikki’s Story…
Nikki sought hypnosis for relief from chronic feelings of anxiety and feeling “stuck” in her life…not being able to move forward to explore a different career path and new job. She reported chronic pain in her upper back and shoulder. Her journey into her body revealed the symbol of the world stored in her upper back and the feeling as though she is carrying the weight of the world. Nikki’s shoulders gave her the message that she doesn’t need to do everything on her own – it’s ok to ask for help – she NEEDS to ask for help and to share the load. Nikki’s subconscious mind took her to childhood memories of her mother’s words….”Nothing gets done unless I do it myself – there is no use in asking for help because no one ever helps, and I will end up doing it all myself anyway. I’m the only one who is capable of doing anything around here.”

Nikki saw that she internalized those words and those feelings. She saw that she grew up believing she needed to always be in control and be the one to “get everything done around here.” Nikki knew that exploring a new career would mean that she would need help. Staying in her current job was not fulfilling or satisfying in any way, however, the career she was considering would require some coursework first, and Nikki would not be as available at home for a while. She would need help in order to accomplish this goal. Through various techniques, including hypnotic visualization and communication, we practiced asking for and accepting help from family members. Each time we practiced this, the “world” in Nikki’s upper back and shoulders got smaller and smaller. After a few sessions, Nikki successfully asked her family for help and accepted all that was offered to her. She received much more than she ever thought possible, and she was able to begin her course work to move forward toward a career she has a strong passion and talent for….and she now knows how to communicate with her body to find out the messages it’s trying to convey to her.

These are two examples of how hypnotic techniques can be utilized to find out what your body is trying to tell you and to work with your body in finding solutions. The hypnotic process empowers you to access the wisdom of your body for information that can be utilized in conjunction with medical treatment (if and when appropriate) for addressing pain and body symptoms.


Kim Guche, M.S., CCC-SLP, CH has been in practice in the Rochester, NY area since 2016. She has a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and certification as a Consulting Hypnotherapist.
Contact Kim at (585) 708-9923 or fill out a confidential form HERE. Your privacy is always 100% guaranteed.

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