Today I had a very interesting phenomenon happen with a client. This client is in her 50's and has a lifetime history of dyslexia and ADHD. She is on Ritalin and it seems to be working for her. She came to me for pain control and weight loss.
After our pre-talk, she lay down on the massage table (with a foam rubber egg crate underneath the sheet). I keep this set up in my office for the many people who come to me with pain issues as sometimes, lying down is the only comfortable position for them where they can truly let their muscle tensions release. I set the big teddy bear (named "Trance Bear") upside down under her knees to keep her in "neutral" back position.
Here is where the interesting thing happened!! After a quick and easily entered Elman induction I started inducing glove anesthesia to her left hand. Her right hand got cold and numb when in hypnosis although the left hand was directed to get numb. No problem once she mentioned it. I just said "Yes, that's right" now transfer that numbness with a river of anesthesia to your foot (which is where here pain was today).
The hypnosis session went well with her foot still being comfortable upon emerging. Interesting indeed!!