It seems as if the universe is putting me in one emergency hypnosis opportunity after another lately. So there I was at a Halloween party Saturday night, when I was called upon to help with a bloody nose. The girl is 12 years old and her nose is bleeding (which I found out later happens frequently).
I have found out that with children there is sometimes no need for a formal induction. As I applied some pressure while squeezing the nostrils, I just had her close her eyes and pretend that she could go to a room that had control panels for all the working parts of her body. We used a "magic flashlight" to search. We found the control for her heart rate, then her breathing, etc. Then she looked for the area that handled her nose and I had her lift up her finger (ideomotor response) when she found it. She simply visualized closing down all the blood vessels until all was well. The bleeding stopped so rapidly it even surprised me!