I'm pretty good with pain. I gave birth three times with no drugs, no epidural, and was calm and quiet through it all.
I have had a lot of horseback riding accidents too.
In my case, I do have specific techniques. When I was very young, I was taught how to meditate, then my mother was doing some university research
using bio-feedback machines. A few times I was put in them, in a dark room and learned to do things like slowing my heartbeat. It was just for fun.
But this set a basic awareness of how to turn attention to my inner processes.
As a teen, I had really bad problems coping with high pressure situations- like if I had a test at school, I would go blank (like not even be able to
talk or remember my name). I would be quick to sort of mentally checkout with stress.
Now, this I would point out as possibly what this woman was refering to. It is a way of disconnecting that people often learn as children when they
are regularly physically abused. (that's how I did). It has some real drawbacks too- it that can cripple you in life. (though I get the feeling she
is exaggerating here, it sounds sort of self contradictory in parts)
So... as a teen, I went to a therapist who used hypnotherapy with me, and taught me how to do self hypnosis.
This became a tool I used all the time, to prepare and give myself suggestions before stressful situations, or- to cope with pain.
With the pain, I do the opposite of the mental detachment now, I plunge myself into it. I embrace it, accept it. Be totally in the moment with it.
It's funny to realize that a whole lot of the suffering you create is in thinking of the pain you had a moment ago (or the last hour) and thinking
about the pain you will have in the next minute or hour to come!
But the actual process of self hypnosis is made up of a series of steps first, mainly focusing on relaxation of all muscles in the body. After years
of doing this, I hav been able to train my body to slip into this state almost immediately by repeating key words in my mind (these are "tension down"
for me). It can be any chosen words- they are cues, like you'd use in training an animal. Same concept!
I also have specific images I use to bring about certain states- like a tropical beach, and a prairie with flowers.
An elevator in which I can see floor numbers light up one by one, to go deeper into the mind and body is one of the steps I use.
7-1-2013 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)