“Start your hormones as soon as you can. It will make electrolysis easier”
What happens in fact is nearly universal in my experience. Set your clock and wait for 2 years. At that point, you will note that the pain you feel during electrolysis is nearly DOUBLE for any given setting on a machine. This remains a real quirk, but one that is NEVER mentioned in certain circles. It is also a quirk that has very nearly de-railed many a transition. In fact, the texture of facial hair follicles generally reduces by no more than 10% and NOT as much as some of the wild claims that I have read. It is also the same quirk, often the hallmark of a poorly planned transition, that sends clients to the doctors with their hands out for more and more painkillers. To an extent, this helps, but then there is the drug problem. Weekly doses of general pain killers can result in a client’s becoming insensitive to them.
Therefore, learning to relax, once here, is a matter of being aware that nothing that I do will come as a surprise to you. Believe it or not, you DO have some control, and if the session is not going well, you certainly are entitled to ask if there is some way that we can ease the situation. I maintain a policy of honoring requests to stop, if that is what is needed. There is no expectation of fulfilling a two hour session simply because it is booked. Oftentimes, once we start, it becomes second nature to just lie down and take a few deep breaths and just “let it flow”.
Sometimes a client arrives so stressed out over something in her life, that I have often called the session off and spent the two hours just talking…….for no charge, I might add. There are those times when, appointment or not, this is NOT something you should be doing, right now. It happens.
Often, that seeming lax attitude that I have here is deceptively intended to unwind people from a nasty commute through traffic or a bad day at the office. Only rarely do I schedule anyone so tightly as to make them rush in and rush out.
It is worth noting here that only an M.D. or medical doctor can utilize injections legally for the purpose of electrolysis.
Coming to a place inside of your head where you can “let go” is important. I am an expert only to the extent that I have been forced to find it on my own. You might give this a try, if you will.
Close your eyes and take a very deep breath. Don’t hold it, but instead, slowly release the air out and exhale as deep as you can as well. Now take a deep breath again, but don’t rush it. Breath slowly and deeply, never “holding” or stopping the motion of air. Whenever you feel anything, concentrate on NOT suddenly changing direction in which you are already breathing. Don’t suddenly inhale. Imagine yourself in a place or setting where you are happy. I often imagined myself on a riverbank up in Trinity County where I used to camp years ago. Gradually imagine yourself sinking into the table and going dead limp. Still breathing, begin to slow down the rate of inhales and exhales. This is the art of “breath control” so important in yoga practice. What it is achieving, is the reduction of oxygen to the brain. This reduction in oxygen results in the brain being forced to lighten its load and extraneous information is no longer processed, but rather discarded. Instead of processing input after input of pain sensations (the brain is already aware of that) that information is ignored More and more you come to dissociate yourself from the setting entirely.
Sometimes after a serious session, it would take me a few minutes to come back into the room and return to normal. I have had the pure pleasure of working on a couple of serious yoga masters, and this process is something to see in action.
About 2 years ago, a client came to me using a topical that she had obtained at the advice of a friend. Here is what she was using:
DIRECTIONS: These medicines are applied at home shortly before a scheduled procedure. Apply these in a thin layer at the site of the procedure. Rub medication in thoroughly and liberally. Cover the site with Saran Wrap or thin plastic immediately after the application. Be sure to thoroughly wash hands to prevent the gel from coming in contact with the eyes or absorbing into unintended areas.