The Use Of Hypnotherapy For Easing Tattoo Pain

Tattoo pain seems inevitable, especially when there are said to be one or several needles piercing your skin between 80 to 150 times every second.  However, recent studies show that up to 75% of people can benefit from hypnosis to alleviate pain during a tattoo session. Hypnotherapy has many known benefits for helping those with chronic pain, insomnia, and managing your mental health, so why not consider trying it out for your next tattoo?

Getting Your Ink

Hypnosis works by altering the unconscious thoughts and rerouting your thought process from what used to be. For example, with a tattoo, you are already aware that it’s going to hurt. However, when you become hypnotized, you are put into a deep state of relaxation that empowers your thoughts to handle the discomfort of receiving a tattoo. Depending on the size of your ink, it may take a few sessions between filling in and shading. This is where a relaxing hypnotherapy session comes in handy to ease that pain, as your mind and subconscious are in a deep and relaxing state to keep your mind away from the discomfort. Once your tattoo artist is finished, you should feel refreshed and excited to see the results and walk out with new ink, as compared to feeling pain and discomfort if you would not have been hypnotized.

Aftercare and Healing

Hypnotherapy can take the pain away during your session and allow your tattoo to heal faster since there was less anxiety during the actual session. However, there are still a few things to remember for the healing and aftercare to ensure that your tattoo remains in tip-top shape. It’s important that you take good care of your tattoo and allow it to properly heal. It’s always a good idea to do some research and find some natural products that are good for your skin. It’s a good idea to stay out of the sun for the first few weeks and allow your tattoo to fully heal without the harmful UV rays. The strong UV rays from the sun should always be avoided to prevent skin cancer, however, when you get a fresh tattoo – it’s a little more essential to keep away from the sun.

Love the Art but Hate the Pain?

During a study performed by psychologist Guy H. Montgomery, he concluded that surgery patients reported less pain and related symptoms when receiving hypnotherapy sessions. Though some people are harder to be hypnotized, it is possible that everyone can reach this hypnotic state and manipulate the thought process. However, you have to be open to receiving and changing these thoughts. The unconscious mind handles just about everything from emotions to habits, while the conscious mind is there to basically hold you back from making changes. As you become hypnotized, you allow that unconscious mind to take over and create new habits and emotions that you would rather believe. In this situation, it would be changing how you think about tattoo pain. If this can help patients during surgery, why wouldn’t it be able to help ease your tattoo pain and help you get that beautiful art of ink that you desire?

Hypnotherapy has been used for years, giving many people relief from different ailments, phobias, and conditions. If an individual fears the pain that is associated with a tattoo, receiving hypnotherapy could be extremely beneficial in order to get the masterpiece finished. No matter how many tattoos you have, or plan to have, hypnosis is a pretty great companion to have so that pain stays silent.

 Written by Jennifer Dawson