Physical Feelings Trial Session - for pain management, relief and control
Below you'll find useful background information that would be beneficial to read prior to starting. I can tell you a little about myself or if you just want to dive straight into the Negative Emotions Trial Session, then click the ‘Physical Feelings Trial Session’ button below. It’ll open the interactive session and you can begin right away.
Externally the internet, social media and television exert a powerful influence. Over time their continuous stream of information informs opinion, changes behaviour, and provides a window on the outside world that has a direct effect on our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and attitudes.
Internally internal dialogue and thoughts have the same effect on the body. Our thoughts are the body’s live 24-hour news reports, the tweet that’s trending worldwide and is broadcast directly into the living rooms of each of the 100 trillion cells in the body.
With one small but important difference. We have control over the things we choose to think.
The neurotransmitters that pass information around the brain can be found in every part of the body. This means that every organ, every muscle, every cell is listening to those thoughts. Consciously we have already decided what is important, what to believe so at this unconscious level everything that’s said, or thought is taken as an absolute truth. Every cell will be affected and directed by that truth, whatever we decide that truth to be.
Once a ‘new age’ concept, there is now scientific evidence that thoughts directly determine the quality of life. If we are happy, sad, in love, lonely, excited, bored, fulfilled, frustrated, expectant, worried, calm, or stressed in part it’s a result of our internal thoughts. But science takes it even further as it demonstrates that our physical wellbeing is also affected by what we think.
Is it all in the mind?
Tetsuo Koyama, MD, PhD, of WFUB Medical Centre found that, “Expectations have a surprisingly big effect on pain. Positive expectations produced about a 28 percent decrease in pain ratings, equal to a shot of morphine. Findings suggest that positive thinking about pain can reduce both the perception and processing of pain in the brain."
The placebo effect is well known. It is a measured, observed, or felt improvement in health and well-being that is not directly attributable to an active element in the treatment. Even though the placebo effect is ‘all in the mind’ it can exert a powerful effect on the body. So much so that psychologist Irving Kirsch believes that the effectiveness of Prozac and similar drugs may be attributed almost entirely to the placebo effect. "The critical factor is our beliefs about what's going to happen to us. You don't have to rely on drugs to see profound transformation."
So having a positive attitude may be directly related not only to physical well-being but also speed of recovery from injury or illness and subjective experience of pain. Objective measurements HRV Heart Rate Variability, a key factor in long term health and symptoms such as blood pressure and post-operative swelling have found real physical changes can and are affected by our mental attitude.
Do your existing beliefs serve you?
Sometimes it’s better (and healthier) to believe something that serves you, irrespective as to whether others believe it to be true or not. Your internal dialogue is what your body listens to, if you think something is bad your body will act as if it is, if you think something is good your body will act as if it is. That’s why, for this session it would serve you to believe that it’s possible to affect an outcome, to make a mental and physical difference, rather than believe that it’s not. Because as we already know, just by believing in something or doing something is often enough to make a difference.
"Expectations of decreased pain powerfully reduced both the subjective experience of pain and activation of pain-related brain regions,"
Robert Coghill, PhD, Neuroscientist.
To believe it’s possible to affect an outcome, is a choice, one you can choose to make right now. So, the suggestion would be that during the sessions, and perhaps forever, is to act as if you have control, act as if you can make a difference, act as if you are the instrument of change. These sessions will help provide the right mental framework and share some simple techniques that will give you more control. So please, reconsider any beliefs around symptoms, outcomes and pain that don’t serve you and for the purpose of this session, put them aside.
“When it comes to subjectivity and pain, the question is not if you are experiencing pain, but rather, how painful it is.”
Robyn Carey, PMIR Medical Centre
This talkingcures session is designed to facilitate, support, and guide based on the answers provided. So, during the session expect to be asked questions and then more questions in response to your answers. Some of those questions might be more difficult to answer than others. Should that happen, we ask you to go with the first thing that pops into your head and trust your instincts. Your internal dialogue will give the purest answer to the question.
It’s up to you to point us in the right direction, so that you can get everything you want from the session. All the new insights, changes and success will be yours, so assume responsibility for the outcome.
How a talkingcures session works
During the session you are the only person contributing to the dialogue, with talkingcures playing the role of your inner voice. That’s why, where appropriate the session is conducted in the first person.
In a traditional coaching session, you might be asked “What is it you want to change?” and you may answer ‘the level of pain I feel’. Then the reply might be “So what you want to change is the level of pain you feel?”
During these sessions, talkingcures may instead ask “What is it you want to change?” and you might answer ‘the level of pain I feel’. Then talkingcures might then go on to say “So, what I want is to change the level of pain I feel. How might I do that?” or “If I did change it, how would I feel?”
Do you see the difference? Apart from being a more personal dialogue, the important parts of the conversation during the session are in the first person, because it reflects the fact that during the session talkingcures replays your answers.
Also, you may notice that, above some of the questions there's some coding. For example, [DPH P/G] [N] that's there because the programming for the talkingcures sessions is complex and this coding is one way that we keep track of it.
What to expect during the Session.
The intention of this trial session is to begin to create a stronger mind-body connection to better control unwanted physical feelings. In this Physical Feelings Trial Session, we will:
1. Define the symptom, from a neurolinguistics perspective to understand the structure of what it is and how it makes you feel.
2. Elicit any limiting beliefs then amend those beliefs, with a reframe breathing technique designed to reduce the feelings by 10% or more.
3. Introduce new strategies and beliefs that will cause the symptom to disconnect.
4. Provide a ‘future reframe’ to reduce the effect of the old symptom.
Because of the nature of this session, you may want a full transcript of the session emailed to you afterwards, or you might choose to extend the session to learn a personalised, in-depth technique to reduce the effect the symptom. This additional specialised intervention is an optional purchase so please consider it if appropriate.
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Are you sitting comfortably?
It’s best to do this session in a quiet, private place that’s free from distractions. Depending on your answers expect it to take between 15 - 40 minutes. The dialogue resulting from the session is a valuable insight into your ideas, thoughts, and beliefs regarding the issue so it's useful to have a way to capture them. Often people stop to reflect on what's said during the session, or make notes, so take as much time as you need for it to give you the most benefit.
Click the blue 'Physical Feelings Trial Session', button below for the session to pop-up and begin the free interactive therapy online. Should the session not start, you may need to allow pop-ups on your browser. Once you have completed the session, please read the Post Session Notes.
Post Session Notes
Practice the breathing technique to reduce any feelings of discomfort or pain by 10%. If you chose the Pain Relief Anchor, use it in conjunction with the breathing technique to further reduce any feelings of discomfort or pain as it can be useful as a means of instant pain relief.
Suggested Further Reading
What To Say When You Talk To Your Self Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D
Your Body Believes Every Word You Say Barbara Hoberman Levine
The Hollow Bone Of Healing Phoenix Rising Star
One Truth, One Law: I Am, I Create Erin Werley
The Body Keeps The Score Bessel van der Kolk
When the Body Says No Gabor Maté
Mindfulness: The Remarkable Truth Behind Meditation Olivia Telford