Surgical spell: Using Hypnosis Instead of Anesthesia By Josh Shaffer RALEIGH,N.C. – Bob Dick recently toughed his way through a 90-minute total knee replacement without the aid of anesthesia, choosing to stay awake through the chisel and the buzz of the electric saw.
When he reached Duke University Hospital, in Durham, North Carolina, he started breathing deeply, a signal for his body to relax. Next he held his thumb and forefinger together, imagining a walk around the pond at his home. Then he told himself, “Now it’s safe to go into a comfortable learning trance.”
Hypnosis is something practiced everyday. A person engrossed in a movie or book is actually in a sort of trance. Someone meditating, praying or “zoning out” at work is using the same techniques that go into hypnosis. So began Dick’s surgery by hypnosis, which he describes as being so trouble-free that he hardly realized it happened. He had nerve-blockers reducing the pain throughout the surgery, but his deep relaxation techniques made “going under” a needless step. See the entire articleHERE