On May 9, 2012, a friend of mine volunteered himself to do two things: 1. be hypnotized by me, and 2. get a tattoo. Of course, he was hypnotized while he got the tattoo. The goal? To anesthetize his arm to the point that he would feel absolutely no pain during the process. And the real test was that he got it on the elbow - one of the most sensitive areas to get tattooed.
- Very simple pre-talk: I had hypnotized him before.
- Elman induction
- Progressive anesthesia of right arm. Starting with simple physical phenomena including tingling and feeling a pulse in the finger tips.
- Continual deepening and reassurance of safety, comfort and amnesia (so as to not remind him that he was getting tattooed).
- I also set an anchor for safety: his left index finger and thumb were to be squeezed together. He was informed that for as long as his left index finger and thumb were touching that he was communicating to me that he was comfortable.