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)
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.
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