One client came for a Qigong medical treatment to get help with shoulder pain. She was on heavy duty narcotics but was still in constant pain. She could barely move her shoulder.
During her Qigong treatment, I worked on purging the stagnant energy in her shoulder, and then refilling and nourishing all her organs. At the end of the treatment, she reported how during the treatment, she could "see and feel" a huge snake in her shoulder. The snake uncoiled and slithered out of her body as I worked on moving the energy in her shoulder. She reported how her pain left her body when the snake exited her body.
Of course, she did NOT have a snake in her shoulder, and we both knew this. The images she had was what often happens during a treatment; the Qi energy and its movements will sometimes communicate in a way to the recipient so she can interpret what is happening within.
For her, the image of a large firm snake in her shoulder being forced out of her body was a way she could understand the energy begin moved around within her. Essentially, the stagnant and stuck energy was now flowing freely and what had caused her shoulder pain was now gone. The image she had of this event had become a way for her to understand and accept the change that has just happened.