Scan your body to reduce chronic pain

I was having lightening like stabs and jolts in the left side of my head, and jaw and eye and I automatically started scanning my body. This is a process I learned over 25 years ago when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The goal was to notice what was happening in all areas, not just those that felt painful.

Find your pain free areas

I placed my attention on my feet and just noticed. What was I feeling? They felt good, so I spent some time delighting in the relief of this painless place. I continued to work my way up observing how many parts of me were relaxed. It showed me that I did not hurt everywhere.

I had time that day for a longer session so I continued slowly traversing the length of me until I reached my head. I turned my focus to the right side and it felt great. And that was when the magic happened. Something brand new occurred during the process.

I still felt the flares on the left side, but not my whole head. I asked the energy from all areas that were pain free to flow into the throbbing parts. I asked that my left side be replaced with comfort and to have harmony in my whole head. I visualized the transfer of energy and knew that there was plenty to spare. No part of me would be depleted.

Slowly, ever so slowly, I felt a calming of my trigeminal nerve. I stayed where I was to notice every nuance. I wanted to repeat this process again. You see we have the power to use our imagination for healing us.

Body Scan Process Video

Click here to watch a video on the body scan process. I like this one because if you look right below the video, you can choose a 3-minute, 5-minute or 30-minute scan.

Spend time practicing this, so that it becomes an almost automatic tool. The great thing is that it takes nothing except focus to do it. I have been in the midst of a family party I was hosting and I was able to do it with my eyes wide open and get relief. Woo-Hoo!


Gail Sinclair, MHt, CNC is a hypnotherapist who helps those living with chronic pain go from discomfort to thriving by using hypnosis, pain management tools and resources.

She is a Master Hypnotherapist, Nutritional Consultant, and a Reiki Master Teacher. She has over 20 years in healing work and is an international award-winning speaker.

Gail lives in Portland, OR with her delightful husband, son, and cat. She can be found cooking, knitting, writing, and figuring out new ways to thrive with Trigeminal, and Occipital Neuralgia.

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