Pain Relief

Clinical hypnotherapy is an extremely effective method for diminishing or eliminating pain. It was recognised as a valid treatment for chronic pain by the US National Institutes of Health in 1996.

Clinical hypnotherapy induces a trance-like state of deep relaxation and focussed concentration. Using clinical hypnotherapy, all the muscles and nerves in a particular area, where pain is being experienced, can be made to completely relax, and inflammation and bleeding can be reduced. The relaxation of all muscles allows painful tension to be released, and ceases all muscle spasms.

A state of focussed concentration also enables the subconscious mind to distract the conscious mind away from the pain, effectively blocking awareness of any pain, and giving the sufferer pain relief as effective as any analgesic, which continues even after the hypnosis session is finished, and often is more effective and long lasting than any analgesic.

Professor Stuart Derbyshire, of the University of Birmingham, led a study into what happens in the brain during hypnosis: “We asked patients to turn an imaginary pain dial up or down, and watched what happened on an MRI scan. As the pain was “turned up”, brain waves registered in those areas of the brain which nullify pain.”

Pain is generally a warning signal that there is something amiss within the body, so it is not always a good idea to eliminate it completely. However the subconscious mind can transform a chronic pain into a minor one; diminish and move the perception of pain from an organ to an extremity; or turn a stinging pain into a vibration, which is perceptible but not uncomfortable.

Dental pain, post-operative and injury pain, back pain, Fibromyalgia pain, joint and muscle pain, migraines and headaches all respond well to clinical hypnotherapy for pain relief. The pain can be diminished in a single session, and the sufferer can be taught self hypnosis techniques to keep pain at bay, permanently.

There are four instances in which the removal of ALL sensation is effective and indeed advised: childbirth, terminal illness, phantom limb pain and dental and medical surgery.

Four sessions of clinical hypnotherapy at The Beat Retreat cost $200 US in total. Single sessions cost $70 US. It is generally advisable to have more than one session of clinical hypnotherapy, as repeated sessions compound and enhance relief. If you believe your pain may be psychosomatic, rather than organic/physical, clinical hypnotherapy can still work to ease the pain, and then you can consider ‘hypnoanalysis‘ to discover the subconscious root of the pain, and eliminate it forever.

If you would like to discuss clinical hypnotherapy as a solution to any pain, or problem,  you are experiencing, contact me.


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