"I was offered a relaxation session, along with my friend. We arrived together without a clue as to what it was all about except that it was a form of deep relaxation. We both had our own reasons for needing to relax, mine was more stress related and she suffered daily chronic pain.
We did a brief visualisation first which I found lovely. Then I lay on the couch and closed my eyes. Almost immediately I found myself floating in a deep, warm, velvety dark void. I chose not to marvel at this but just to go with it as I was most deeply relaxed already! This was even with light coming through the windows, outside motor car noises, and at one stage, a knock at the window! I was aware of these things but it was as if they were occurring far away from me. They didn’t disturb my blissful state. Another time my consciousness realised that Lyn was working gently with my feet. At the same time I realised that throughout the experience I was being gently but firmly held across the core of my body. How was she able to maintain this whilst also massaging my foot and ankle area? I almost opened my eyes to have a look but I was so deeply relaxed that it seemed not to matter.
After the treatment I mentioned this. Of course Lyn had not been in two places at once. But I maintain that I was gently supported throughout the treatment even though Lyn wasn’t touching the middle of my body at any time. My friend and I left feeling relaxed and at ease and completely pain free.
Two days later I was heating up some mashed potatoes in the microwave. They were steaming hot and I noticed some liquid condensation on the sides. I quickly tipped the liquid out into the sink and the boiling hot fluid passed between two of my fingers scalding them. I immediately ran cold water over the burns and also applied ice. The pain was horrific. I almost started to panic. And then I remembered the Neutral Session that I had experienced and took two deep breaths, closed my eyes and mentally put my throbbing fingers into that velvety dark void. I quietly allowed my body to rest there and within seconds I felt the pain ebb away. When I opened my eyes I looked at my still red fingers and this next part you will have to take my word for. I watched the redness between my fingers disappear. If it didn’t happen to me, I don’t think I would have believed it. The redness disappeared from the top of the inside of both fingers all the way down to the space in between them. There was no blistering, scarring, no sign of a burn at all! This was a side effect that I had certainly not expected! I haven’t had an opportunity to test this out since but whatever happens, I now have a place of peace instead of panic to return to.
Lyn and Graham, for sharing the session with me.
J E Cornwall