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Self-Hypnosis — Relaxation Techniques | SkillsYouNeed

This page is part of a series of articles covering relaxation techniques especially suited to managing and reducing stress. 

If you are worried about your stress levels or those of somebody you know then you should seek professional help from a doctor or counsellor.  Stress left untreated can be dangerous to your health and wellbeing.

Self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy can be a successful way of reducing stress and opening the mind to new ideas or thought processes, especially when dealing with problem behaviour such as certain addictions. 

Hypnotherapy is essentially a way of reprogramming how we think.  There are many self-hypnosis resources available including CDs, tapes, MP3s and other recordings.  Before using any such materials ensure that the recordings have been produced by a reputable and trained hypnotherapist.   Before attempting any self-hypnosis read this page fully and understand the processes involved.

A Brief History of Modern Hypnosis

There exists a lot of scepticism and suspicion around the subject of hypnotism, especially in Western cultures. This scepticism stems partly from hypnosis being used as a form of entertainment and also from some of the original theories on the subject. 

Franz Anton Mesmer is often considered the forefather of modern hypnosis theory and probably responsible for some of the scepticism surrounding the subject.  Mesmer, a German physician, had a keen interest in astronomy and believed that there was an invisible force — a channel for energy — to be transferred between all objects in the universe.  This ‘cosmic energy’ coming from celestial bodies could be harnessed by one person to influence the behaviour of another.  Mesmer called the result of this energy transference ‘mesmerism’ which explains the origin of the word ‘mesmerise’.  We now know that Mesmer’s theory was utter nonsense but his ideas may still influence how hypnosis and hypnotherapy are regarded today.

Today, however, hypnotism has been accepted by conventional medicine as a way to treat a number of problems including: relieving stress and therefore high-blood pressure, migraines, sleep disorders and helping people to beat addictions, such as smoking.  Furthermore, hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used to help boost self-esteem and personal confidence as well as to overcome related problems, such as a fear of public speaking.  Today hypnosis is taught in colleges worldwide and has become one of the most popular and widely known complimentary medical techniques.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Based on the work of Sigmund Freud — the human mind can be split into three distinct areas of consciousness; the conscious, subconscious and unconscious.  It can be useful to think of each part of the mind on a scale of depth. 

Freud believed that the conscious mind is the top or shallowest part of the mind and is responsible for making sense of the things we are directly aware of – like stress levels. 

The subconscious mind is below consciousness most of the time, a deeper level – it is therefore not so easily accessible and controls how we may feel or react to certain situations or circumstances, based on what we have learnt through experience, in the past.    It also controls and regulates our essential bodily functions, such as breathing. 

The unconscious mind is the deepest part of our mind and is much more difficult to reach – it can include suppressed memories of traumatic events. 

(See our page Counselling Approaches for more information about the role and approach of the psychodynamic counsellor).

Hypnotism works by reaching a relaxed state whereby it is possible to sink deeper into our minds and rewrite or reprogram our subconscious. 

Through physical and mental relaxation, self-hypnosis can allow people to bypass their conscious minds and introduce positive thoughts and ideas into their unconscious.  Upon ‘awakening’ from the hypnotic state the new thoughts and ideas in the subconscious will, eventually, affect the conscious mind and can, in turn, lead to changed behaviours.  

Hypnotherapy does not claim to be a ‘quick fix’, such methods require perseverance and practice in order for the subconscious mind to pick up and apply the new messages.

Using Self-Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy

In order for self-hypnosis or prescribed hypnotherapy to work successfully it is important to approach the process with an open mind.  To do this you need to:

  • WANT to be hypnotised
  • Not be overly sceptical
  • Not be frightened of being hypnotised
  • Not over-analyse the processes involved

You also need to think about why you are going to use self-hypnosis and what messages you want to give yourself – what ideas you wish to plant into your subconscious.  Work on some short statements that you are going to use when you reach a hypnotic state. 

Such statements need to be:

  • Genuine and honest – you will not be successful in planting ideas of things you really do not want to do or achieve into your subconscious.
  • Positive – your statements need to be of a positive nature
  • Simple – your statements need to be very straightforward no more than a few words long

Some examples of personal hypnotic statements include:

  • To relieve stress at work you may use: ‘I am relaxed at work’
  • To help with an addictive habit, like smoking, you may use: ‘I am a non-smoker’
  • To help reduce your nervousness before a public speaking event you may choose: ‘I am a confident speaker’

Remember these statements are messages to your own subconscious – use ‘I’, focus on specific actions and always prepare your statements as present-tense facts.  Concentrate on one or two statements to start with – commit these to memory and focus on them in your mind.

Steps to Enable Self-Hypnosis

Before you attempt self-hypnosis for the first time it is useful to have told somebody else in the nearby vicinity what you are doing.  Reaching a hypnotic state is a little like sleeping and you may be more comfortable telling somebody else that you are going for a nap.  By telling somebody else, you are not likely to be disturbed or worried that you may be disturbed.  Part of the point of self-hypnosis is that you will become less aware of your immediate surroundings – like when you sleep – so if there was an emergency then somebody nearby will be able to ‘wake’ you.

  1. To start the process you need to feel physically relaxed and comfortable.  Try using a basic relaxation technique such as the one outlined on our Relaxation Techniques page.
  2. Find an object that you can focus your vision and attention on – ideally this object will involve you looking slightly upwards on the wall or ceiling in front of you.
  3. Clear your mind of all thoughts and just focus on your object.  This is obviously quite hard to achieve but take your time to let thoughts leave you.
  4. Become aware of your eyes, think about your eyelids becoming heavy and slowly closing.  Focus on your breathing as your eyes close, breathe deeply and evenly.
  5. Tell yourself that you will relax more every time you breathe out.  Slow your breathing and let yourself relax deeper and deeper with every breath.
  6. Use your mind’s eye to visualise a gentle up and down or sideways movement of an object.  Perhaps the hand of a metronome or a pendulum – anything that has a regular, slow and steady swing.  Watch the item sway backwards and forwards or up and down in your mind’s eye.
  7. Softly, slowly and monotonously count down from ten in your head, saying I am relaxing after each number.  ’10 I am relaxing’…  ‘9 I am relaxing’ etc.
  8. Believe and remind yourself that when you finish counting down you will have reached your hypnotic state.
  9. When you have reached your hypnotic state it is time to focus on the personal statements that you prepared.  Focus on each statement – visualise it in your mind’s eye, repeat it in your thoughts.  Stay relaxed and focused.
  10. Relax and clear your mind once more before bringing yourself out of your hypnotic state.
  11. Slowly but increasingly energetically count up to 10.  Reverse the process you used before when you counted down into your hypnotic state.  Use some positive message between each number, as you count.  ‘1, when I awake I will feel like I have had a full night’s sleep’ … etc.
  12. When you reach 10 you will feel fully awake and revived!  Slowly let your conscious mind catch up with the events of the day and continue feeling refreshed.

The more you practise and repeat the self-hypnosis routine the more successful it will become and the more easily you will be able to reach a hypnotic state. 

Remember hypnotherapy does work for a lot of people and it may work for you – the power is in the believing.

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The SkillsYouNeed Guide to Stress and Stress Management

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Self-Hypnosis Made EZ — How to Hypnotize Yourself

If you’re interested in creating change in your life,
self-hypnosis is a
powerful, effective tool that can help you to do just that. And it’s a tool
that anyone can learn to use. We offer a free step-by-step online tutorial that will teach you how to
hypnotize yourself. There’s enough information on this site for anyone to gain a good
foundational grasp of the subject. You can learn about the powerful
subconscious mind, learn various techniques, and take our free tutorial. We
also offer mp3s specifically designed to help you create the changes you’d like to make.

Our MP3s

We offer self-hypnosis Induction mp3s (helps to induce a hypnotic state for
self-programming) along with hypnosis and hypnotherapy mp3s.
We also have a meditation mp3 bundle for those interested in learning to
meditate. We also host a listing of
Hypnosis Downloads mp3s since they offer the most comprehensive list of
hypnosis sessions found on the internet.

 Take our Free Tutorial

Our free Tutorial can help teach you
how to write your own script and create your own hypnotic practice. This tutorial will teach you how to
develop your own scripts by giving you an example of a written script and analyzing that
script. There’s an
article on 5 Keys to Successful
Self-Hypnosis which explains the most important keys to being successful in
your hypnosis practice. There’s also a free hypnotic induction that’s easy to learn. While this tutorial isn’t necessary to have success with
hypnotherapy mp3s, if you want to be able to create your own self-hypnosis
practice, then it’s a great place to start.

Develop a Background in Hypnosis

The Hypnosis Information section
is comprised of pages that will give you a fundamental understanding of hypnosis. The more knowledge
you have, the more success you are likely to have.

We also have a section on the Subconscious
Mind. Having an understanding of how the subconscious mind functions is
critical if you want to to learn
how hypnosis works and
how to hypnotize yourself effectively.

You can also learn techniques that can help deepen a trance and utilize effective methods
of communicating with the subconscious mind (like metaphors).

The power of the subconscious mind has been know about for a long time.
Advertisers and politicians have used their understanding of
the subconscious to influence people to their
advantage. Subliminal advertising, aimed at the subconscious mind, was outlawed
long ago and for good reason. But anyone can learn how to use this powerful
part of the mind to improve their lives. The power of the
subconscious mind is available to all. It simply requires an understanding
of how it works and how you can use it to make changes in your life. The
subconscious mind and hypnosis are inextricably linked together. In
this section you’ll learn about the
Functions of the Subconscious and learn how to
Reprogram the Subconscious
along with a lot of other valuable information.

Other Self-Improvement Therapies and Techniques

EFT — There are other effective
tools to help create change in your life. EFT (emotional freedom technique) is a simple, powerful tool for self-transformation.
It is an
easy-to-learn therapy that works with the body’s energy system to help heal
a range of emotional issues. It entails tapping the body’s major
energy field endpoints while
focusing on an issue and repeating statements (acceptance statements and
psychological reversal statements) related to the issue. It’s like
acupuncture without the needles. A typical EFT session might last 4-5
minutes. In that time frame, you can generally do two rounds of EFT. Just
learn the location of the energy field endpoints and how to tap them, get a
feel for how to construct acceptance statements (very easy), and you’re ready
to go. If you have an interest in learning EFT, go

Brainwave Entrainment — We also have a section on Brainwave Entrainment.
Some hypnotherapists use this technique on their hypnosis mp3s and CDs to
create a brainwave state conducive to hypnosis. The mind becomes entrained
binaural beats or isochronic tones embedded into sound files.

How To Use Eye-Fixation For Self-Hypnosis

Of the various methods of hypnosis, eye fixation is perhaps the most heard of, talked about and practiced. And that is perhaps because this is one method that is easy to implement. The eye fixation method was developed by James Braid – a person whom the present hypnotherapists regard as the founder of Hypnotherapy.

Since James Braid was an eye-specialist, it was but natural that his initial method of inducing hypnosis would have something to do with the eyes.

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The Basic Concept

The eye-fixation method of hypnosis involves producing immense strain on the eye muscles. This is produced as you look upward with your eyes, without any movement of your head and gaze fixedly at any object or a point on the wall or ceiling.

There are reasons for gazing upwards in this way. The upward gaze will quicken and intensify the tiredness that you will feel in and around your eyes. Don’t tilt your head backward during this time as that will assist the eyes and lessen the strain on them. Move the eyes but only with the head sitting balanced upon your neck.

With the eyes being fixed in this way, there will be some minor strain on your eyes and a somewhat sleepy sensation will slowly engulf you. Through this process, you will also come to develop intense concentration as you stare at one point.

So if that overview of the eye-fixation method has got you hooked, you will probably be interested in finding out…

Steps of Self-Hypnosis – the Eye Fixation Method

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    Select a place and sit comfortably. You must settle down before the next step.

  2. Select a place on the wall that you want to focus on. Choose a spot that is about 70 degrees up from the horizontal. The spot can be the corner of a picture frame, a shadow or simply anything that serves as a point of interest. As you focus on the spot, make sure that only your eyes are angled upward and not your neck.
  3. With the spot being decided, start focusing on it with intense concentration. Do not divert your eyes. You will slowly become aware of the muscles around your eyes, the tension in the muscles holding your eyes open and even your eyelids. You might start blinking more frequently and your breathing might deepen. You will become aware of the eyelids becoming heavier. Continue focusing and keep your eyes open. Some people report blurred vision at this point while others report a misty effect. Experiences differ from person to person.
  4. Your arms, legs and eyelids will seem to get heavier. Imagine the sensation that you will feel on closing your eyes. Slowly close your eyelids and experience the relaxation you have imagined.  Breathe deeply and become aware of the relaxing effect coursing through your body.
  5. After you have let the relaxing effect seep in, help yourself come out of the hypnotic state by taking a couple of deep breaths. Follow this up by moving your fingers and toes and slowly opening your eyes.
  6. Think about the challenges in real life and draw strength from this experience to cope with them.

Self hypnosis through the eye-fixation method has a rejuvenating and relaxing effect. If you want to try it, watch this video for a better understanding of this process.

However, the video will show one modification. Instead of gazing at a spot on the wall or ceiling, it will teach you to focus your gaze on the palm of your own hand.

Watch…Learn and Enjoy!

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learn self hypnosis

If you want to try self hypnosis (don’t worry its safe) just go ahead and a grab any small object that you can tie to a thread to form a small pendulum.

After doing so hold the thread from above and let the pendulum freely swing sideways. Focus on the pendulum while its swinging and start to visualize the small object going into round circles instead of just going sideways.

Few moments later you will find the object moving in circles even though you didn’t do that on intention. What happened here is that the suggestions went to your subconscious mind and moved your muscles in such a way that resulted in this circular motion. Congratulations you have just made your first successful hypnosis experiment !!

The process of self hypnosis is similar to this experiment you just did. The only difference between both is that you will be in the deep trance state (the state where your conscious mind will be half awake) while doing self hypnosis.

here a real self hypnosis method . go on and do the following steps:

self hypnosis steps

1- go to a calm place where you can relax and where no one can disturb you

2- lie on your back, on a bed or comfortable sofa

3- close your eyes and start to breath deeply, the deeper you can breath the higher the success percentage will be

4- Start to focus on each part of your body and visualize it relaxing. For example focus on your right arm and then visualize it relaxing. You can use words like «relax» or phrases like «i am relaxing now» to assist yourself. After relaxing your right arm turn your focus to your left arm and do the same. keep doing so until you pass by all of your body parts. Finally focus on your whole body and visualize it all relaxing.

5- you can repeat this step several times until you feel you are really about to sleep

6- now imagine that a a helium balloon is tied to your right arm and that it is pulling it up. Imagine that the helium balloon is so large so that it can lift your arm up. keep visualizing the balloon pulling your arm up.

7- wow, your arm may have started to go up!! , again you are successful!! You just self hypnotized yourself.

self hypnosis for changing ideas and beliefs

now you can hypnotize yourself then use suggestions to change your beliefs.For example, if your problem was fear of an upcoming presentation you can imagine yourself performing it very well while being super confident.

Visual images are one of the strongest forms of suggestions. If you managed to visualize yourself doing the presentation successfully many times then most probably you are going to perform the same way in the actual presentation.

In case you have the problem of not being able to give suggestions to yourself as a result of being in the state of trance then you can use a recorded tape of suggestions. Now you can repeat the whole process but this time the tape will be guiding you instead of using your mind.

more uses of self hypnosis

You can change almost any behavior that you don’t like by imaging yourself performing well without doing the unwanted behavior. You can visualize your future goals or plans in order to raise your motivation levels. You can visualize yourself exercising well,lifting heavier weights and so on.

This method works because one of the main rules of operation of the subconscious mind is that it tries to make any suggestions that it receives come true.

Those suggestions act as commands for the subconscious mind which does its best to apply them.

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How To Achieve Goals In Life Using Hypnosis

Have you ever felt as though you struggle to achieve your goals? Perhaps you get distracted easily, or maybe you find it hard to even know where to start when trying to reach your goals in life? If this is the case, self hypnosis may be able to help you.

In this article, I will explain how self-hypnosis can be a tool you can use to reach your goals. Before we start this, let’s first take a look at the reasons you may not be achieving your goals. We can all struggle with this from time to time. However, this is why it is good to first identify what it is that is holding you back from your goals and dreams.

3 Reasons Why You May Not Be Achieving Your Goals Yet

Many people may find it hard to reach their goals, for a lot of reasons. Some people find their goals hard to reach, as they are unsure of what steps to take to achieve their goals, or are not able to stay focused enough to reach them.

Often, when you find yourself giving up on a goal, it could be because you have not achieved that goal straight away and felt defeated. We, as humans, tend to have a fear of failing, which leads us to feel like there is no point to try again and to give up. It’s always good to look at why you may not be achieving your goals, so that you can try and change your way of thinking, and stay motivated on your dreams (something that self-hypnosis can help you with).

Let’s look at a few more reasons why you may not be achieving your goals.

1. You Only Focus On Achieving One Goal At A Time

When you focus on one main goal, you are limiting yourself to other possibilities and goals you could also reach.

Plus, when we focus on one goal alone, every other goal we may be wanting to pursue goes to the back of the queue.

What you have to remember is, to reach your end goal, you need smaller, mini goals or steps to achieve your end result. Try not to focus on one end goal.

Instead, look at developing the skills you need to achieve these goals (for example, changing your diet for weight loss). This will also help you to try and reach multiple goals at one time.

2. You Get Stuck On The End Result With Your Goals

If you are looking at your end result, and not the steps you need to take to achieve them, it is likely you may not achieve your goals most of the time. You need to look at how you are going to achieve your goals first and take those steps to get closer to them.

Many people often feel discouraged when they do not reach their end result straight away – but this is very unlikely, especially if there are mini goals you need to achieve first. Having a list of your smaller steps will also keep you more motivated and focused on reaching your end result.

3. You Feel Discouraged

As mentioned earlier, it is easy to develop a fear of failing. You may find that as soon as you fail at something, or struggle to achieve an end goal, you give up.

If you can look at failing as something that is needed to happen to help us improve and come back stronger, you will find it easier to focus on your goals. When you face your first hurdle, and fail, you will know why you failed and be able to try again with a different mindset. If you feel discouraged, you are more likely to not try again and therefore will not reach your goals.

Does Self Hypnosis Work?

You may be asking: does self-hypnosis work? Well, for many it does and is often used to help people for a lot of different reasons or outcomes.

Self-hypnotherapy is where you enter a state of deep relaxation, where your brain activity reduces and you are induced in a sense of calm. Being in this state of mind helps you to be open to high suggestibility.

The Hypnosis therapist will then give you suggestions which can help change your limiting beliefs and make positive changes that can help you achieve your goals. This can also help you focus on what you struggle with and what may be stopping you, and can show you how to look differently and change your thought process on these underlying issues.

Benefits Of Self Hypnosis

Self Hypnosis techniques can be used to help you achieve your goals because it teaches you to stay motivated and to focus on these goals. Through self-hypnosis, you will be entering the right mindset to reach your goals and aim for success, you should feel more motivated and positive too.

Self Hypnotherapy helps to change your outlook on limited beliefs, for example, it can help with changing the way you think into being more positive and this should help you to stay focused and eager to succeed with your goals. Self-hypnosis, when used on top of what you are already doing to reach your goals, should help greatly. It should help speed things up for you, as it helps you to stay motivated and reinforces the positive mind changes and outlooks that you have on your goals.

The hypnotherapy can keep you on the right track if you take part in it along with all of the other steps you are taking to reach your goals. As self-hypnosis gets your subconscious involved, this can connect with your conscious goals, which is why this is great for keeping you on the road to success.

Self-hypnotherapy can give you the right attitude that you need to achieve your goals, thus helping you to reach them.

Start Achieving Your Goals Today With Self Hypnosis

If you need that extra push to start reaching your goals and may have trouble staying motivated, or positive, Self Hypnosis may be the perfect tool for you. Self-hypnotherapy can be a great way to keeping you focused and motivated on your goals and can help you to reach them.

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Self-Hypnosis: How To Lull Your ‘Self’ To Sleep

A sluggish start to the day, irritability, exhaustion, poor concentration, forgetfulness bordering on amnesia, even serious conditions like depression and sleep apnea- the side effects of insomnia are many!

Yet sleeping pills- which tend to be the easiest and fastest solution to the problem — should be the last thing you consider to manage this wretched condition.

The reason is simple… the medicines for insomnia can be highly addictive, leaving you with even more side effects over time!

Hence, it is no wonder that numerous people are turning to alternative lines of treatment to manage their sleep disorder, many of them opting for self hypnosis.

Hypnosis, as you might know, refers to a process of being directed to a “state of trance”. During that time, you become more receptive to the suggestions than you are normally.

You can either seek professional help for the hypnosis session, or try doing it on your own.

The video shows how self-hypnosis can cure insomnia, and also provides some basic tips to practice self hypnosis.

As a beginner, you can also try this simple self-hypnosis exercise to induce sleep

  • Make yourself comfortable
  • Find something to focus on (it could be a light switch, a corner of the door frame and the like)
  • Don’t shift your focus from the object
  • Spot/ observe four things about that object
  • Make four statements to yourself about what you see (“Now I can see that the switch is white, now I can see that it is rectangular in shape, now I can see that the switch is in the on position, I can see the shadow on the edge of the switch…)
  • Next, observe the things you can hear ( for example, consider  the car passing by outside, the sound of the AC, the ticking sound of the clock)
  • Once again, make four statements to yourself on what you are hearing
  • Next, observe at least four things you are sensing physically (your hand on your lap, for example) and make four statements to yourself on what you are feeling
  • Repeat the whole process, starting with the visual stimuli you originally focused on, ending with the physical sensations you have felt
  • However, this time you only have to observe three things
  • Repeat the process , and this time you will only have to find two things
  • Repeat the process for a final time, looking for one thing
  • Initially, you might fail to find different things to see, hear or feel. In that case, you can repeat something you used earlier. But optimally, try to find something different each time.

While you are exercising this simple method of self-hypnosis, you can play this recording at your bedside and relax your mind and body.

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 Hope these tips will help you to enjoy a good refreshing sleep …

How To Do Erickson Handshake Induction The Self Hypnosis Way!

Most people generally associate hypnosis with the conventional swinging pendulum. However, there are various other methods of hypnosis that can be practiced. One such popular method is Erickson’s Handshake Induction.

This hypnosis induction method has been developed by the famous hypnotherapist Milton Erickson. This method is called the ‘handshake’ method because of the position of the individual’s hand at the beginning of the hypnotic process. Famous stage illusionists like Derren Brown have used this method to impress the audience.

So, how does this method work?

Erikson’s handshake induction ‘interrupts’ the pattern of handshake. When somebody follows a well-rehearsed behavior pattern that he/she has done hundreds of times, his/ her mind expects the pattern to go through the same routine and does not pay any attention to it when it takes place. In other words, the brain switches to the ‘auto pilot’ mode.

However, if the pattern is interrupted, the mind is forced to take note of the set of actions that has gone wrong.  If, right at this stage, (when the mind is trying to figure out what went wrong), another pattern is initiated and in turn ‘interrupted’, the brain’s attention function is divided and a state of confusion is temporarily created. This confusion can be used to create a trance like state.

This was all about the theory! But how can you apply this theory in case of self hypnosis?

Steps to Self-hypnosis via the Erickson Handshake Induction method

Before you initiate the process, choose a comfortable posture. Even sitting in your favorite chair will do. Make sure that you will not be disturbed during this process.

  • Begin with extending your hand in front of you as if you are going to shake someone’s hand.
  • Some affirmative speech or music should be playing in the background.
  • You can either close your eyes or focus them on your hand.
  • Once you have assumed the handshake position, start paying attention to your breathing.
  • Also, notice how your hand is simply hanging in midair.
  • Imagine various ways in which your arm might be suspended. You can imagine it to be floating in water or dangling from balloons.
  • You will notice that your hand is gradually becoming heavy.
  • Count backwards from 20 and you will slowly feel that your hand is getting heavier.
  • Your hand can – go up to touch your face/ fall down on your lap/simply stay in its original place – whichever way it moves, it indicates that you have entered the trance state.
  • Relax and feel positive!
  • Count again…this time to 20 and slowly come out of the trance.

Things to remember: Don’t be too strict with yourself and don’t have any unrealistic goals.

For more comprehensive ideas on this induction method, watch how this hypnotist works with his patient!

Once you get a hang of the basics of the handshake induction, you will find it easy to use any pattern interrupt instant hypnotic induction.

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