Self-hypnosis and osteopathic soft tissue manipulation with a ballet dancer

Gordon, Christopher-Marc and Gruzelier, John. 2003. Self-hypnosis and osteopathic soft tissue manipulation with a ballet dancer. Contemporary Hypnosis, 20(4), pp. 209-214. ISSN 0960-5290 [Article]

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This single case study of a ballet dancer incorporates essentially osteopathy, self-hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) in the management of exhaustion, stress, anxiety and pain symptoms of the right thigh, calf and ankle combined with confidence strengthening techniques. Physical and mental burnout symptoms had reached the point of constant pain and overstrain of the muscles of the right leg and hip, spine and neck. In parallel with these were symptoms of exhaustion, unhappiness and a tendency to over-focus on other dancers at the expense of self-focus and motivation. The osteo/physical therapy entailed the rebalancing of overused, strained and hyper-tense muscular tissues using myofascial-release techniques, together with the deactivation of trigger points and postural integration. The mental attitude was supported through reframing techniques during self-hypnosis directed at general feelings of being blocked, imprisoned, cramped, exhausted and weakened in the right leg. Psychophysiological assessment post therapy was compatible with self-regulation training.

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