Over the years I’ve learned how the body stores emotion, both in my private life and in my work with clients. When my daughter was growing up I remember feeling a sore throat starting. Since I had recently finished my hypnotherapy training, I wondered if there was some emotional reason for this symptom. There was. I could have medicated it and then wondered why it wasn’t working but I simply expressed my feelings to my daughter and my sore throat magically disappeared.
On another occasion my non-surgery hip was painful so, during my morning self hypnosis trance, I gave it a voice and asked what it wanted to express. My hip was resentful that it had to “do all the work” because I always favored my weaker leg. I made commitment to my body that day to equalize the weight when I was standing and the stronger leg stopped hurting. It’s interesting the lengths the body will go to in order to get our attention.
Years ago a client came for severe morning sickness with her third pregnancy. When we delved into her subconscious it came out that she and her husband had only planned to replace themselves. The third child was unplanned and she felt guilty for contributing to overpopulation. Her awareness and some simple exercises allowed her to drastically reduce her symptoms.
Sometimes when clients first experience hypnosis they feel worse before they feel better. Going into hypnosis opens the door to the subconscious allowing the buried emotions to surface and be resolved. As emotions come to the surface they can be addressed leaving clients with resolution on many levels.
Regression, reframe and anchor, parts therapy, Gestalt dialoguing, and rescuing the inner child are some of the ways to help clients resolve the buried emotions that are making them ill.
Here’s what you can do on your own: simply talk to your body. Ask for feedback. You might be surprised at the response.
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