The Blowaway Technique for the treatment of adolescents, was invented circa 1978 by Neil French and has been used by countless therapists upon countless children since.
I would be the first to admit, that it was pure chance, that brought me to create what I later called The Blowaway Technique.
The year was 1978 and I had been practising Hypnotherapy for only a few years but already had made the momentous discovery that by verbally free-associating within hypnosis a person could bring themselves to repressed material and by a process of catharsis release themselves from neurosis. This was a break through of momentous proportions to the process of psycho-analysis.
However, the process of psycho-analysis was and still is, totally unsuited to children of immature years.
Why? Because it is inevitable that during the verbalisation using free-association matters sexual will arise. That is the way of things with humans. Appreciate that the person is recounting their recall to an adult Therapist. It becomes obvious that for a child to do so could potentially do more harm than good.
Either they would not disclose the thoughts or, if they did, then they would in their own mind be “talking dirty talk”.
In the nineteen fifties I had served in the Royal Military Police and some of my time was in Kenya at the time of that country’s struggle for independence. Whilst there I was very privileged to watch and be fascinated by a tribal initiation ceremony.
The young male pubescent were being inducted into manhood. There was much smoking, dancing and spear waving. Also much rhythmic chanting, which my Swahili was insufficient to decipher. Nevertheless I gleaned that the lads were being asked to ‘cast out their devils’ and from time to time one would break from the chant and let out a wailing screaming sound.
Over twenty years later whilst musing at my desk I asked myself whether there could be any connection between those initiation ceremonies and the absence of certain ‘neuroses’ within the adults of so many tribes.
In particular I was aware from my own research that the blight of Migraine is unknown throughout the central African tribes. Even those who are later ‘westernised’ by location and by diet still do not suffer the problem. I convinced myself that the ‘devils’ the boys had been casting out were in fact repressions and there most certainly had been no verbalisation or free-association taking place.
Most importantly I had realised with the advantage of hindsight that the youngsters had unquestionably entered a hypnotic state.
Ten out of ten for theory I thought but how to prove to myself that I was right. I needed a volunteer. A child of tender years suffering from a nervous disorder.
Chance intervened; A telephone enquiry from a lady: “Do you treat children, because I have a 12 year old daughter whose life is being spoiled by bed-wetting......". My chance had arrived and it transpired the girl was the daughter of a Medical Officer of Health.
I had been quietly confident before utilising the technique for this first time that a result was likely. Afterwards, according to the mother and according to the father and, most importantly, according to the girl a miracle had taken place and bed-wetting became a thing of the past.
I received the loveliest of letters from the girl which also enclosed Dad’s cheque for my fee.
I have used the blowaway technique countless times since usually with quite dramatic results. Nothing however could compare to that first session and the elation I felt when the girl’s mother telephoned with a profuse thank you.
I now knew for certain that with a juvenile pre-puberty it was possible to release pathogenic repressed material without recourse to protracted sessions and verbal outpourings. What a result !
I have to add: In 1978 when hypnotherapy had received little or no publicity it was no bad thing for a practising hypnotherapist to have a Medical Officer of Health on his side. Particularly one who was soon to make public his support for the method so that I can freely disclose the details.
There is a sequel. Many years later I was guest lecturing for just one day at a University and by an amazing synchronicity I met there a State Registered Nurse who was Nurse Tutor. She was lecturing a class of nurses on “The blowaway technique” as it had been used on her by myself all those years before. What a confident young lady she had matured into.
I have never sought, nor wanted to seek any sole possession of the technique, although, of course, copyright is automatically vested in myself as the Author.
I have taught the method via Successful Hypnotherapy to all students of the Course and I am well aware that many other Therapists use it quite extensively. Wonderful! I am pleased by that.
I must however, admit to a minor annoyance with other Hypnosis Schools who teach the method without mention or credit to its creator. Perhaps I should be content that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’.
Who to use the technique upon and for what problems? Sufficient to say it would be a much happier world if EVERY youngster pre-puberty, was at the receiving end.
The technique is intended to be used by qualified therapists but a special word to any parent contemplating using the technique upon their own child: You are in fact possibly the person most suited to assist your youngster but there are pitfalls to avoid. You should also appreciate that you could quite unwittingly have been an originating cause. All that and more is covered in detail in the 'blowaway' package as outlined below.
Click on the PayPal 'Buy Now' button to pay £10 and you will be transferred to the secure site of PayPal who send me an automated notification. I then email you codes to the 'password protected' page. There you will have the opportunity to learn the blowaway technique from the author. There are three MP3 audio downloads explaining the 'how to' and the 'why' and also a written lecture of explanation
After playing the recordings and reading the lecture you should be completely au-faite with the procedure but if you encounter any difficulties just email me and I will be pleased to answer your queries.