Caroline had suffered from asthma from an early age and had been hospitalised with it a number of times. She could not leave the house without having an inhaler with her and had got to a stage where finding that she was without an inhaler would instantly result in her starting to wheeze. Here is her story.
“I could understand why I could get wheezy when rushing about but I hated being so reliant on having a ventolin with me all the time and the panic I felt if I realised one was empty or there was not one in my coat pocket was clearly nothing to do with physical exertion.
I had read a bit on using suggestions in hypnosis but was surprised when my hypnotherapist started talking to me about anger. I didn’t consider myself an angry person but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I did have a pretty short fuse. In the sessions we went back to things in my childhood and I realised that my dad had pushed me really hard to be successful. As an adult I could see that he was trying to live his life through me and get deflected glory from my success but I had bottled up all this resentment at being made to do things I didn’t want to do as a child.
It was very a emotional experience but the difference I felt at the end of the session was amazing. I genuinely felt lighter as if a weight had been lifted. I was still reluctant to go out without an inhaler close by at first but it didn’t take long to notice that I wasn’t using it and slowly the confidence grew and I increasingly left the inhalers behind.
I also noticed that I just felt calmer. There is a much longer fuse before I ‘blow’ and my relationship with my Dad also changed for the better. I used to go through a ventolin about every 6 weeks. It has now been over a year since I went to the GP for a repeat prescription.
I still find it hard to comprehend how an emotion I had unknowingly bottled up could have such a physical impact but the evidence is undeniable.
I suspect the boundaries for how hypnotherapy can help reduce illnesses are almost limitless and have encouraged lots of people to now look at alternatives to just keep taking drugs.”