Originally Posted: Nov 24, 2014
This is a great question that I often get asked in my practice.
But before I answer, let me say that people don't come to see me just to be hypnotised. They come to see me to lose weight, or to overcome fears and phobias, or to break a habit or addiction. Hypnosis is a process that can facilitate the therapy, but the hypnotic state is not a therapy in itself. It is what we do while the client is in hypnosis that causes the change.
So, let's get back to the question. There are many hypnotherapists out there (I'm not one of them!) that never check to see if their client is hypnotised or responsive to suggestions given. I always check.
Some people feel no different being in hypnosis to how they would feel if they just closed their eyes while seated in a chair. Yet others do feel something, whether it be a heaviness, or a lightness, or a numbness in their hands or some other sign. When working with my client |I want to know that they are in a suitably receptive state, and I also want my client to know that they are in hypnosis. This is done by some very simple tests. For example, after doing the hypnotic induction and while the client is in hypnosis I might give them the suggestion that their eyelids are locked so tight that they can't open them. Or that their arm is so heavy they cannot lift it. Such tests, once carried out successfully, not only indicate to me that the client is in hypnosis but act as 'convincers' to the client so that they also know they are in hypnosis. These tests also have the effect of deepening the trance.
Then, at the end of the session, once the client has emerged from hypnosis, I ask them if they remember not being able to open their eyes or not been able to lift their arm, to reinforce the fact that they were hypnotised.
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