The One Minute Headache Cure

Posted by Holly Stokes on May 28th, 2010

Just yesterday I was reminded of this amazing tool as my Portland office (Integrative Chiropractic Wellness Spa) was hosting Ladies Night. One of my colleagues came in and mentioned she had a splitting headache, she described the symptoms and it sounded like a migraine.

I can’t help myself, if you ever complain of a headache in front of me, guaranteed, I will be running through this quick and easy process with you. She said she was open to trying 1 min. of NLP, so here’s what we did.

Imagine that I’m going to suck that headache out of your head and hold it in my hand (I motioned like I was pulling the headache out and held my hand out in front of her). As you look here in my hand, what does it look like?

She said, “It’s a green mass”

I asked, “If it had a message for you, what would it be?”

She said, “to relax.” She further explained that she had a lot of things going on in her personal life and had felt rushed with little time for herself and family lately.

So I said, “Now as you take the positive message to relax, that part of your mind that has made the headache, is it willing to focus on relaxing internally even though the world around you is busy?”

She answered, “yes”

“And now, we can recycle this old headache out to the light of the sun, and all the positive messages and insights can come back to you as a ray of light, and you can even imagine a light shining down through the top of your head filling all the space the headache has left, letting it soak in with that wonderful sense of relaxing into all those places of your head, and you can even imagine a bubble of light wrapping around you as a reminder that you get to choose what you want to keep in your bubble, you can choose to feel comfortable and relaxed within your bubble, would that be okay.”

“yes, that would be good.”

How does your headache feel now?

“it feels lighter, more open.”

3 hours later I checked in with her after the event was over, “How does your head feel?” “Good” she said, “the headache is gone.” This simple process took only about one minute, and here are the key elements to understand:

The symptoms we experience in our body are often trying to get our attention to take an action in our life, or to relax more, or to take care of ourselves in some way. Symptoms are messengers, what is the message? When you acknowledge the message, and internalize the response, as we let her mind focus on relaxing internally (because she didn’t have the time to put her feet up right then), the mind can take care of it automatically.

When you get the message, it relieves the need for the symptom. Your body is trying to work for you, even when it experiences pain and symptoms.

Stress is becoming a bigger factor in our culture, as our technology is speeding up, so are the demands on our time. Here is my webpage with tips and tools for reducing stress: