Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique that aims to create an altered state of consciousness, often referred to as a trance. In this state, a person is usually more relaxed, focused, and open to suggestions.
How does hypnosis work?
1. Introduction and relaxation:
The hypnosis session usually begins with a conversation in which the hypnotist informs the client about the process and gains their consent and trust. The hypnotist then guides the person into a relaxed state, often through calm, soothing speech and breathing exercises. This helps calm the mind and promote physical relaxation.
2. Deepening the trance:
Once the client is relaxed, the hypnotist uses various techniques to deepen the trance. This can be done through counting, visual imagery, or other methods. The aim is to achieve a state in which the client feels very focused and at the same time deeply relaxed.
In trance the client is more receptive to suggestions. The hypnotist can now make targeted suggestions aimed at specific goals or problems, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing stress, or controlling pain. These suggestions aim to influence the subconscious and bring about positive changes in thinking or behavior.
4. Therapeutic Application:
In a therapeutic setting, hypnosis can be used to address deeper psychological issues. The hypnotist may guide the client to recall past experiences or explore inner conflicts to gain insight and promote healing.
5. End of the session:
At the end of the session the client is brought back from the trance. This is often done gradually, as the hypnotist guides the client to regain fuller awareness of the surroundings and prepare for awakening.
After hypnosis, a debriefing is often conducted in which the client shares their experiences and the hypnotist discusses possible next steps or strategies for continuing the work.
Hypnosis is not sleep, but a state of increased attention and concentration. People under hypnosis are fully conscious and can remember the session. At the institute we like to use hypnosis as an alternative technique to resolve imprints, behavioral patterns or even trauma, for example through regression.