Yesterday I had a trip to the dentist. Now even as a hypnotherapist who helps people overcome their fears and phobias, there are some things I’d rather not be doing. Sitting in a dentist’s chair having treatment done is one of them – it’s not my favourite way to spend part of an afternoon! When I booked the appointment last week, it was in my near-future (one week to go), but that did not bother me. It’s just one of those things I needed to take care of. But when the day of the appointment arrived, I remembered that the dentist’s is not my favourite place. So I tried to rationalise it… I need to do it, it’s good for me, the appointment is only half and hour. But the thing with fears and phobias is that they are not rational, they are driven by an unconscious part of you. I decided when I was parking outside that I would use what we call time distortion to make the time pass very quickly.
I ignored the time it took to go to reception, sit down, flick through a magazine, have a chat with the dentist and only include the actual moments lying back in the chair. I allowed my whole body to go limp and consciously relaxed every muscle in my body (as in the past I have realised my leg and buttock muscles were rigid!)… and started tuning in to the songs playing on the radio. I found that I didn’t really like what was playing, so I went further ‘inside’ and started singing the lyrics to an old favourite song in my head. It is quite a complex song, with lots of different musical interludes and voices overlaid one on top of the other, so I had to really concentrate. If I got a bit wrong, I started again. And if for a moment I remembered where I was, I just focused on my breathing and noticing how limp and comfortable my body felt lying there.
…and before I knew it, I was back in the waiting room, and then at reception and in my car. Although the appointment was indeed for 30 minutes, it felt more like 5.
As you can see, this is something I have taught myself to do, and it’s the same techniques I have used for other medical procedures like blood tests (which I used to get very worried about), and even for my caesarean section when I had my son. These are techniques I can teach you, and once you have learnt them, they come in handy for all sorts of situations!
Ultimately, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and I can show you how to do it. Call me today on 07961 389 030 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to get the help you need.