- Step 1: Research Do research and read up on hypnosis. Responsible conduct is essential when your subject is placing their trust in you.
- Step 2: Communicate your intentions Begin by communicating your intentions to your subject, and learn their anxieties about the process. Answer questions and reassure them that they will emerge from the trance.
- Step 3: Make them comfortable Encourage your subject to sit or lie down and be comfortable. Guide them in relaxing parts of their body. Use a soothing voice and be sure they are unconscious and ready to submit to suggestion.
- TIP: This may not work if someone is not inclined to respond to suggestion or so tense they are unable to concentrate.
- Step 4: Reinforce their safety Reinforce your subject’s safety and comfort repeatedly with positive phrases like, "You’re doing just fine," and "That’s great. Just relax."
- Step 5: Note changes in breathing Note changes in breathing or fluttering eyelids as signs that the person has gone under. Sometimes the limbs or fingers twitch.
- Step 6: Ask questions Ask questions, adhering to the goal of the session.
- TIP: Hypnosis can be used to manage pain, relieve anxiety, conquer phobias, prepare for childbirth, and cure insomnia, among other things.
- Step 7: Bring them back Return your subject to consciousness by counting to five, becoming more animated with every number, until you direct them to wake, "feeling refreshed."
- FACT: The term "hypnosis" was coined by James Braid in 1843 to describe the state his patients entered when staring at a shiny watch.
You Will Need
- Hypnosis classes
- A subject