Soreness during hypnosis

Postby Geo_of_the_Dude » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:55 pm

Hello all,

I am hoping that some one may be able to offer me some advice. I am very new to hypnosis and attempting to listen to some prerecorded self-hypnosis sessions. I am having a lot of trouble staying focused while listening because probably about 10 to 15 minutes in (after all of the relaxation prompts during the induction) I begin to get very sore in my neck and upper shoulders. Once I begin to notice this it becomes extremely hard for me to focus on what the hypnotherapist is saying.

I am listening to the recording while sitting on a couch and I usually put a pillow behind my head in an attempt to give it enough support so that this wouldn't happen but it always does, which I feel ends up pulling me out of any trance I might have been in. I have tried (as various books and web pages suggest) to listen while lying down but the problem with that is that I end up falling asleep. I am currently a student and am therefore typically sleep deprived, and it seems as if I have successfully trained my body to shut down and go to sleep very efficiently when laying down (much to the jealousy of my wife who fights for her sleep every night).

Any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you all very much for taking the time to read my post.
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Postby jargan » Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:18 pm

Hi there, and welcome to the forum!

Without being there with you I can only make guesses. Here are some:

Many, many people carry a lot of tension around with them. The neck and upper back are prime candidates for this. If you have a base level of tension at all times, you don't even notice this tension... until a time comes when you're paying attention to it for extended periods of time, such as when trying to relax a whole bunch of muscles. In a case like this, beginning to notice soreness is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. You can just let the soreness do its thing and focus mainly on the voice of the hypnotist. This is a great opportunity for your mind and body to learn new things about how to deal with the tension and how to let it go. Chances are the feeling of soreness is the precursor to your mind and body discovering how to properly relax those muscles.

Another option is that your mind is going overboard on interpreting signals from the nervous system, and creating a sensation of soreness that is actually mostly made up. The same thing holds for this: don't worry about it too much. There's no need to make it go away, or even just push it outside of your conscious awareness, while you're listening to the hypnotist. You can't push things away consciously but you can decide that they're not important for now, and give the rest of your mind a bit of space and time to understand that.

In general it may be helpful to try other positions, like not using a pillow at all, or keeping your head completely upright. Sometimes changing things a bit can have a surprisingly larger effect.

Either way, best of luck! :)
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Postby hypno2000 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:34 am

This is not that uncommon. If this ever happens agin, please pay attention to that part, as you do you will realize that the rest of your body relaxes faster and more than that part, and as you continue to listen, and you breath normally, you Can drift into a wonderful state of relaxation. It doesn't matter which part of your body relaxes first or fast. When the Rest of the body relaxes you will notice that every tiny muzzle in your body is relaxing more and more melting down all the tensions including that part. and just continue to listen..
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