I Think I’ve Found My Superpower

my superpower

Something weird happened to me yesterday, actually not weird, it was…interesting.

I got my second tattoo, much bigger than the first and with a lot more detail.  It’s on my back between my shoulder blades. Nice, hey? (you can see my first tattoo and the meaning behind them both here)

mandala tattoo

Anyway, the weird interesting thing isn’t the fact I got a tattoo, it’s the fact that during the 2 hour process I managed to almost hypnotise myself.

You would think that the feeling of a tattoo needle penetrating your skin for two hours would do anything but make you sleepy and trance like, but for some strange reason it did for me and I still can’t figure out how.  I was able to completely separate my mind from the discomfort to a point where I actually felt no pain and could have fallen asleep.

I got so sleepy, there was a stage when the tattoo artist started talking to me and I had to snap out of my trance, it looked like I’d just woken up.

The only place I think I may have learnt this is from when I gave birth to Elliott and perhaps it’s a skill that’s been ingrained in my mind ever since. Before giving birth to Elliott, I read a book called Birth Skills by JuJu Sundin.  This book provides various techniques on how to manage pain during childbirth including breathing, movement, vocalisation and visualisation. I only used one technique when I was in labour with Elliott and that was visualisation. Visualisation was the main skill I acquired that I believe allowed me to get through the pain and deliver Elliott without anything other than gas.

Labour pain management

So when I got my tattoo, it’s almost like my mind was trained to deal with the pain, it was like a switch was turned into the on position automatically. It took 30 seconds for me to slip from a sense of awareness to being taken to a completely different place, a place where I’d let my thoughts take over, almost oblivious to what was going on.

Pretty cool, hey?

Now I’ve just got to try and make it work at home and perhaps I can hypnotise myself when Elliott throws a tantrum or when work gets a bit too hard. I wonder if it will work with non-physical pain? I wonder if my body will recognise it the same way?

When I figure out exactly how I’m able to get my body to do it, I’ll be sure to let you know. I think I’ve found my superpower!


Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT


Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. November 11, 2014 / 6:48 am

    Wow. You clearly have superpowers, that lovely tattoo does look it might not be that uncomfortable to have done! Go you! x

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:14 pm


  2. November 11, 2014 / 7:01 am

    That is a bit super! I love JuJu’s book. Read it before the birth of my first and it definitely helped even though I was in no situation to do many of the activities. Still some popped in and out as the labour progressed.
    I have been thinking about another tattoo so I might just have to have a reread before I go! 🙂

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      It was the best pregnancy/delivery book I owned and I will recommended it to everyone. Yes, try reading the visualisation part.

  3. November 11, 2014 / 7:31 am

    I’ve heard a few friends say the same thing. As much as I would love a tattoo I fear the pain factor. I need your super power.

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:12 pm

      It’s so strange. Perhaps just try a small one?

  4. November 11, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Our minds are so powerful! It sonds like you have definitely mastered the mind over pain superpower! Love the new tattoo! 🙂
    Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:12 pm

      It seems I have without even putting in much effort. I need to test it on something else though..I wonder what?

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you x

  5. November 11, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    I can do a similar sort of thing, but still too chicken to have a tattoo! I’m too scared of needles.

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      It’s totally different to a needle!

  6. November 11, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    Wow, that is seriously impressive! It looks huge and 2 hours?! I think I’d be a blubbering mess! About 38 weeks into my pregnancy I tried to read and learn “hypnobirthing” HAHAHAHA. yeah, didn’t work! But I could see how it *could* work! Well done! 🙂 -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks Aroha. It’s not too big, slightly larger in diameter than a business card. 😉

  7. November 12, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Aren’t our minds amazing?
    I got my second tattoo after the Christmas holidays, it was the first time I had been alone in 6 weeks and it was the most relaxed I had been in a long time. I enjoyed it and didn’t mind (or really feel) the pain because it was just so nice!

    • November 15, 2014 / 5:43 pm

      They sure are. I’m glad I’m no the only one that sounds just a tad crazy!

  8. November 13, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Love the tattoo! Sadly I lack the mental control to medidtate but I have an excellent super power – I can pick up a dress that looks terrible on the rack but looks amazing on me or who ever I’m picking it for. I swear, it’s like magic.

    • November 15, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      Ooh I would absolutely love that superpower…does it work for bikinis?

  9. November 13, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    It looks very cool. 🙂
    Good on you for being able to zone out of it. I never tried visualisation when in labor. And i’m not planning on having another to try it out on! 😉

    • November 15, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      Yeah, hopefully you don’t have to try it out any time soon!

  10. November 13, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    Love this tattoo. I’ve never had one, but often thought to, the pain has always stopped me. Maybe I need to learn hypnosis xx

    • November 15, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      I think the pain with tattoos is a bit overrated to be honest. 🙂