Using NLP to Reduce Pain

In this post I am going to talk about another ‘sub-modality’ of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) that can be used to reduce and even eliminate pain. Remember NLP involves using the imagination (often through the use of hypnosis) to change your internal experience. Pain is undoubtedly an internal experience and can benefit tremendously from this practice.

Before we go any further, if you are going to use this technique for pain I want to remind you to visit your doctor first. You don’t want to be masking pain that may be indicating a serious problem, such as a blood clot or a brain tumour. I want to stress this first because it is very important. You can use hypnosis to successfully reduce and eliminate pain, but only after you have seen your doctor and ruled out any life threatening issues or illnesses.

The way NLP works is by creating a shift in the sensory system using the imagination. It also helps change your internal experience, which can eliminate discomfort. For example, let’s say you have a headache. To ease your symptoms you can take a deep breath, close your eyes, and imagine what colour the pain is. You might even give it a shape and size. This gives a visual element to your experience, one you can work with. You can picture the shape shrinking, or breaking apart into little bits. You can make the colour lighter or more pleasing. You can imagine your headache has a certain temperature or texture and then picture them becoming cool or smooth. Picture your headache as spiky and rough and then see yourself massaging it until it’s smooth. You could even ask the question, does your pain have a voice? Does it make a sound? Now imagine turning that sound down.

These visualisations and sensations change the experience and therefore change the discomfort. I use a similar technique on the migraine relief hypnotherapy session, but it can work with all types of physical pain or discomfort. By using hypnosis to visualise your internal experience, by giving it a presence and form to work with, you can change it. You can even eliminate it completely. This is a very powerful hypnosis technique that can be used on your own in formal hypnotherapy. Next time you get a headache, give it a try. If you are experiencing chronic pain and you’ve already seen a doctor regarding your symptoms, consider using one of our hypnosis recordings, such as pain management, to help you ease your suffering.