Live Demonstrations of the Academy's Hypnotic Pain Control Methods
This page shows amazing graphic photos of hypnotherapy students applying clinical hypnosis pain
control methods. During the 7th and 8th week of the training we teach various medical hypnosis
methods including pain erasure. These photos and student comments are from that section of the course.
Participation in the needle exercise is totally voluntary.
If you are not comfortable with seeing photos of needles click here.
Above you see a close-up demonstrating the use of the
hypnotic pain erasure technique. In the photo you see Dr. Sapien is pulling up on the needle.
This would normally be a very painful experience, but the client felt NO PAIN, as you can see on the faces of the students in the following photos.
Of the 34 students taking the Accelerated Healing and Pain Control module for their Clinical
Hypnotherapy certification, 16 volunteered to have Dr. Robert Sapien insert a needle through
the top of their hand after their classmate induced trance and employed the pain control methods.
Staff hypnotherapy coach and licensed physician, Dr. Robert Sapien, did all the needle insertion work.
"I have had a fear of needles because of past experiences when it was nearly impossible to have my blood drawn or have IV's successfully inserted.
I could not even watch someone else give blood or get an injection.
While in hypnosis I was able to numb my hand with the power of my own mind and did not feel any pain or discomfort.
I did not feel the needle removed nor did I bleed from the pierced skin. I am now calm about procedures involving needles.
My confidence in my own ability to control pain has changed my life. I am also confident I can help others in controlling pain using the power of their own minds as well. "
-Joy Johnson, Utah
Like many people, prior to taking this course some of the students who participated had fears and even phobic responses
to needles and the sight of blood. During our training they healed those fears and then went so far as to volunteer to
participate in this exercise. This deepened their personal confidence in their mind power and afterwards they all agreed
they could better help future clients in need of medical hypnosis.
During this pain control session Nate is induced into hypnosis by his fellow student Dennis Plummer. Dennis guides
Nate through a process of numbing his hand to create hypnotic pain control. Nate is then ready for Dr. Sapien to
insert a needle through the top of his hand. Dr. Sapien lifts the needle without Nate feeling any pain. Nate is
then instructed to open his eyes to see the needle through his hand.
"The experience with the needle made me realize that pain is a choice and one that I never have to make again."
-Nate Daly, New York
It is common for the client to feel happy and sometimes even smile when using medical hypnosis
techniques. Their happiness is the realization that they are in consciously in charge of their
"I got in touch with the true power of my mind today, as the doctor put a needle through the skin of my hand without me feeling any pain. I realize that I have total control over my bodily sensations, and from now on I can choose never to feel pain again."
-Bea Solya, Florida
Here in the second photo we see Dr. Sapien coaching Bea on how to help Leonard have a deeper
experience of the hypnotic pain control and medical relaxation.
"I have been afraid of needles since childhood. After hypnosis I learned that I don't have to feel pain or be afraid anymore."
-Leonardo Aguirre, Albuquerque
In the first photo we see student Kent Tompkins has hypnotized Nikki and she is ready for Dr. Sapien to
insert the needle.
"Before doing the needle test, I wasn't so sure about getting complete pain control using only the power of my mind. I was amazed and completely tickled to find that I achieved total pain control. This experience also gave me a new level of confidence in my ability to do anything with the power of my mind."
-Nicole Rice, Ohio
After being hypnotized, the doctor pinched up the skin & flesh on the back of my right hand, then he inserted a fairly large size needle through it. I felt him touch me but I felt absolutely no pain and I did not bleed. I now know from personal experience that if I can control pain & bleeding, anyone can."