While most of us are out there, basking in this glorious 2018 summer…spare a thought for people with skin conditions, to which a heatwave feels unbearable.
I have had chronic eczema all my life and the first time I found out how effective hypnotherapy can be, was on a five day Medical Hypnosis training course. The tutor was demonstrating healing light hypnosis. I was trying to follow her words, but my skin was growing increasingly itchy. She gently talked of a hot, white light and my skin – very ungently – grew redder and angrier by the second! I had to bring myself out of trance and use breathing to calm my system back down!
I told the tutor what had happened and she asked if she could take me back into trance to fix this. So back in I went, as she talked of ice-cold lakes, soothing creams and brought my bright red, itchy skin back under control! Since then, I have had great success with myself and others in helping relieve the itchiness and flare ups that cause us such agony. A lot can be done with imagery in hypnosis, but I also teach tools and techniques that switch the mind away from the need to ‘itch’.
Really, we’re just tricking the mind and re-routing the signals.