Hi PeterO, Yes, this is very similar to what you are describing and I am so happy that you seem to be getting some relief. I am doing better and better with this approach, but is is quite difficult sometimes. What you are trying to accomplish is to reestablish communication with uncomfortable or painful physical sensations that, somewhere along the line, you got in the habit of repressing. I think this often happens when our human needs for safety and security are not met and we keep kicking to the curb (repressing or dissociating) these bodily sensations. Eventually this results in pain or other physical symptoms that are trying to break through to conscious awareness. But always keep in mind that you must touch, feel the physical sensation that underlies the symptom, such as bracing or constricting that could be causing muscle or nerve pain. I often find that, while contacting these sensations, that I remember incidents from my past that may have contributed to my pain issues. This way I don't need to look consciously or guess about what needs to be addressed in my past, or where I may have personality conflicts. I began taking this approach after reading several books by Peter Levine whose methods are very good for treating both chronic pain and trauma. Let me know if you want more detail about this. Some other things I found very helpful were EFT (Emotional Freedom technique), and Dr. Alexander's book, "The Hidden Psychology of Pain". I also am quite spiritually inclined, so I do some Chakra meditation work. This worked well also for me in the past, but I had given it up for several years because of my habit of becoming cynical at times. I have started doing this again with several Chakra meditation CD's, for now focusing on the ROOT Chakra, which is where most of my issues reside. Dr. Levine's approach reminds me very much of the Energy Healing therapy that I had several years ago.