Eimer's well written
book is targeted at chronic pain sufferers who have not responded to
conventional medical or drug treatment. When one finds that
pain persists despite applying appropriate medical intervention then
that pain signal has outlived its usefulness and one can then decide to
manage that pain using techniques such as self hypnosis and
hypnosis. Recognising that everyone is unique in his or her
expression and experience of pain, and that no one technique suits
everyone, Eimer clearly describes and makes understandable for the lay
person, a large number of techniques and strategies based on self
hypnosis which may be of help in pain management.
Self hypnosis is an empowering technique which not only allows
one to understand the message of pain at a subconscious
level, but also helps one to manage the pain. Unlike
conventional medicine, self hypnosis has no side effects and can be
used as an adjunct to traditional medical treatment. However
the reader is warned to take self responsibility and seek/obtain
medical opinion on diagnosis and treatment prior to using self
|This book is divided into two sections and in my
opinion the reader will obtain maximum value from this book if they
read it from start to finish. Part 1 of
the book informs the reader about the characteristics of pain and
explains what hypnosis is all about. Pain is a signal telling
you that something is wrong and to heed this warning and seek
help. Pain which is persistent enforces limits on one's life
and robs one of the freedom to live life effectively and
Reading Part 1 will encourage the reader to begin the process of change
by reflecting and evaluating their own experience of pain, by
rating it, examining its history and pattern and existing coping
strategies. This evaluation is thought provoking and causes
one to consider a very important question 'Do I want to get
better?' In turn this leads one to query one's
level of motivation to work at getting better. Hypnosis and self
hypnosis can help one uncover the source of pain and tackle blocks to
healing such as poor lifestyle choices and so on. The author also
provides a pain description questionnaire covering 30 multi-factor pain
groupings. Using this to analyse one's expression of pain gives clues
to identifying beneficial opposing qualities which can in turn be
helpful in setting goals for how we want to feel
instead. By examining one's coping strategies, one determines where one
exists on the continuum between avoidance and awareness.
|By participating in the self evaluation process in
Part 1, the reader has set a baseline for the process against which he
or she can measure their success in applying the many techniques
outlined in Part 2 of the book - around 50
techniques in all. The techniques are based on what Eimer
calls the 6D's of coping: deep relaxation, decatastrophising,
direction, distraction, distortion and dissociation. All
these techniques are described in a clear way and additional self
suggestions are provided which the reader can tailor make to
suit their own individual needs.
|One of the techniques which appealed to me as a
reader and as a practicing hypnotist comes under the heading of
'Direction'. This technique focuses on monitoring one's
thoughts surrounding one's pain and modifying one's thoughts towards
obtaining positive and healthy outcomes. In this technique
one learns to monitor the typical negative self talk and replacing it
with positive self talk and positive self suggestion. This technique
can be employed before, during and after a bad episode of pain.
|Eimer provides many scripts which the reader can
use/amend to suit themselves. I advise the reader to record
these in their own voice. Self hypnosis implies that you are
your own hypnotist and what better than to listen to your own voice
feeding positive suggestions to the subconsious mind.
|Dr. Eimer is a licensed clinical psychologist in
Philadelphia with over twenty years of experience treating chronic
one's subconscious mind can bring up many issues which may have been
repressed for a while and this process may be painful. It is
therefore important that you seek the help of a professional hypnotist.
Clients seeking hypnosis for pain
management must get a medical referral from their GP or
for a medical referral form.
|NEWS from Hypnosis Tralee
If you are familiar with the book written
by Dermot O Connor
called 'the Healing Code' and would like me to facilitate you in
the application of the NLP /relaxation techniques he
advocates in his book which helped him on his personal path
to health, give me a call.
I am trained in these techniques by the Irish
Institute of NLP.
Please get your doctor's permission before availing of my services in this area.