Gordon C-M, Gruzelier J: Self-hypnosis and osteopathic soft tissue manipulation with a ballet dancer.
Contemporary Hypnosis 20(4): 209-214, 2003.
Abstract: This single case study of a 24 year old male 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 overfocus 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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).