You are now in a relaxed state. An individual who is as relaxed as you are does not feel pain as acutely as a person who is tense. In fact, sometimes, he feels no pain at all. [Then one of the patient's hands is elevated. It usually remains in that position.] Please open your eyes and look at your elevated hand and note how perfectly motionless it remains, just as if you were a statue. Now close your eyes again. Your extremity remains motionless because you relax so well that your muscles are in equal tone and are not pulling against each other. [I then request the patient to look again at his motionless uplifted hand to convince him thoroughly that he is in a trance.] You relax wonderfully well. You are an excellent subject. Therefore, there is no need for you to feel pain following surgery. I want you to remember that there is no need for you to feel pain. You may feel pressure.
[Dr. Werbel then demonstrated glove anesthesia, after which he continued:] This shows that you need have no pain following surgery. Remember you need have no pain following surgery. If you have any pain at all it should be minimal. . . . When you have your first bowel movement be relaxed just as you are now and you need feel no pain. Remember, when you move your bowels following surgery, be relaxed as you are now and your bowels may move just as easily and comfortably as they did prior to surgery.
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