Malcolm* came to see me for hypnotherapy for high blood pressure, or hypertension, and he’d already done a lot to try and manage it. He was eating more healthily and was taking more exercise – digging over his vegetable patch and walking to the shop every morning for the papers. He was starting to lose weight and was drinking less, but was becoming frustrated because his high blood pressure wasn’t reducing as quickly as he thought it should be.
“I’m trying everything she tells me to” said Malcolm about his doctor “but I’m sure she doesn’t believe me. How can she when my blood pressure is still this high?” She had advised Malcolm to try and relax more and this was why he had come to see me.
It was clear that Malcolm liked to be in control as much as possible, and it was this control that had made him so successful in making the changes around his diet and exercise. Not being able to control his hypertension though was a major source of frustration for him, and ironically his frustration was making his high blood pressure worse.
Whilst Malcolm had come to see me for hypnotherapy for high blood pressure he was wary about hypnosis. I explained that I wouldn’t ask him to do anything that he wasn’t comfortable with, and he was always in charge of how far he relaxed and what he did, both in hypnosis and afterwards.
The session itself was based around Malcolm visualising his blood vessels and arteries changing from being rigid and constricted, and becoming softer and more elastic, while his blood flow became less turbulent and more gentle and smooth. This put Malcolm in charge of his blood pressure, and with a technique that he could use to imagine reducing it whenever he wanted to.
Like all the people who come to see me I asked Malcolm if I could contact him later to see how he was doing. He told me that he had seen a difference in his home monitoring of his blood pressure, and his doctor had remarked on it in his last check-up.
*Malcolm’s real identity has been protected, and he is happy to share his story of using hypnotherapy for high blood pressure management.