“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” is a quote by Abraham Lincoln and a good example of how I help people in therapy.
Someone recently had some foot pain while she was in trance and relaxing. It is not uncommon for this kind of distraction and my client was getting used to what hypnosis is all about so she decided to focus elsewhere and not on the discomfort. She also experimented with what happened if she did focus on the discomfort. She noticed it got worse so went back to focusing elsewhere. I was really pleased with her experimentation. It was a great sign she was learning on many levels.
I therefore took her one stage further. I explained pain can be like a naughty child. If you have a child and you make it feel unloved is it going to be less of a problem? I am sure the consensus would be no. If instead you give that child some love and encouragement it will start to respond and grow. Therefore give that pain or feeling some love. Show it that you value what it is doing for you. Give it a model to mimic as to how to be. IE if the other foot is in good shape ask it to model that foot. When you give something a goal to aim for it is more likely to move towards it. When you just tell it to go away what is it supposed to aim for?