John Teleska, M.Ed., NBCCH
Integrative Medicine Department, Clifton Springs Hospital &
Private Practice, Pittsford, NY (near Rochester)
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An entirely satisfying birth experience
This was A.'s second child; her first had been a nightmare of labor pain and drugs that culminated in a cesarean delivery. She had worked with me because she wanted the sense of meaningful participation in her experience of her pending second birth; she wanted it to be as healthy and comfortable as possible for her and her baby.
What makes A.'s comment so stunning is that she is describing a meaningful and comfortable birth experience that is also a cesarean!
Learning relief of chronic pain
C. suffered a spinal injury three years ago and was diagnosed with intractable pain. He participated in an eight session Pain Relief Group I facilitated through the Rochester, NY office of musculo-skeletal specialist Irwin Abraham, M.D. The group goal was to use facilitated- and self-hypnosis to learn how to gain relief from pain.
C. could not stand, sit, lie, or sleep for more than 20 minutes without having to shift. His life and consciousness were organized around his pain. During the second session, after a facilitated hypnosis experiment, he reported "losing my back" for 10 seconds; along with losing his back, he had no sense of pain. Two sessions later, he reported waking the previous day with the pain in the background. He said the pain was entirely present, and just as intense as ever—but he had to make a conscious effort to check on it. He had somehow learned to shift his relationship to the pain so it was no longer overwhelming. This relief seems stable over time. Several sessions later, C. reported that his back would "go away" for a couple hours at a time.
Relief of post operative bladder spasms
I worked with L. prior to her bladder surgery on behalf of her comfort and speedy recovery. After surgery, I visited L. in the hospital. Her bladder was in spasm (which often happens after this type of procedure). She grabbed my hand and squeezed it with the pain and asked if I could help. I asked her to squeeze my hand exactly the way her bladder was squeezing. At first the hand followed the bladder. I suggested her bladder could learn to follow her hand. Using hypnosis and makeshift biofeedback over the next 30 minutes, she learned to control her bladder spasms and rest comfortably.
From a client learning to gain relief from migraine headaches
Phone message from a new non-smoker
I returned her call and asked about her experience immediately following our work together. She had started coughing during the trance work we did on Monday. The next day she slept all of the six hour train ride home, and then slept more when she arrived home late that afternoon. On Wednesday, she was diagnosed with severe bronchitis and spent four days sleeping in bed. Then, in her own words:
N.'s extremely high motivation to quit smoking was a major factor in her exceptional response to using hypnosis to quit smoking.
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