Palm Beach, Florida
I dissociate my patients to a cold place (in the winter to go skiing or walking in the mountains in the snow, etc.). I suggest that "the icy wind and snow is touching your forehead, and is making your temples colder and colder and colder. It feels as though you were holding an ice cube against your temples. It feels just like your hand feels when you hold a glass with your favorite drink in it. Do it right now, and feel how it gets colder, and colder, and colder, it gets tingly and numb, and sometimes even anesthetic so you cannot feel it anymore."
If the patient loves to take a bath: "You are now taking a bath, immersing yourself into this wonderfully warm and soothing water. You feel cozy and warm and comfortable all over. The only part of your body outside of the water is your head. As you turn the hot water faucet on to renew the water and make it even warmer, you notice that your temples are getting colder and colder and colder. As you feel your body getting hotter, notice your temples getting colder. A very good and comfortable feeling in your head. It becomes clearer, more lucid, and all the congestion disappears. The discomfort gradually drains out with the rest of the water in your tub, and you can just stay there and enjoy this comfortable feeling all over you.
[Never tell a patient, "You will just have to live with your pain." Subconsciously the patient will retain his/her pain because if there is no pain, he/she is not alive.]
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