Introduction to Four Common Hypnosis Methods


If you believe in the mind’s power, then you probably believe in hypnosis methods, too. Although hypnosis sessions’ effectiveness is still on a hot debate, many hypnotherapy centres are already operating offering hypnosis seminars and even private services where the hypnotherapists are using the hypnosis methods.

Are you planning to attend hypnosis sessions? Then you should acquaint yourself with the four common hypnosis methods that a hypnotherapy centre will probably offer.

But before that, you should first learn the basic requirements before any hypnotherapists will be able to hypnotise you. First, you should be willing to be hypnotised. Second, you should believe that you can be hypnotised. And third, you must have the ability to immediately feel relaxed and comfortable.

If all these prerequisites are met, then you are all ready for hypnosis sessions. Here are the four basic hypnosis methods used in a hypnotherapy centre and even taught in hypnosis seminars:

1. Eye Fixation

This is perhaps the hypnosis method commonly seen in movies and other media. The basic idea of Eye Fixation is to help the subject focus on one object only so that the subject will deliberately tune out his or her other stimuli and therefore, allow the hypnotist to control the subject’s subconscious mind.

While the subject is focusing on the object, the hypnotist usually talks to the subject in a low tune to help him or she feel relaxed.

The Eye Fixation hypnosis method is very common in the past but it is not anymore applied today since most of the population cannot anymore be controlled with this method.

2. Loss of Balance

This method is not only used in hypnosis sessions, hypnosis seminars, and even in hypnotherapy centres. Loss of Balance is done through losing the equilibrium in a slow but rhythmic rocking. A very common example of where this method is used is when parents rock their babies to sleep.

3. Progressive Relaxation

This is perhaps the most common among the hypnosis methods used by certified hypnotists. This is done through speaking to the person in a low but soothing voice. This allows the hypnotist to gradually bring the subject into complete focus and relaxation until the subject surrenders to full hypnosis. Common examples of where Progressive Relaxation is used are in meditation audio tapes or relaxation audios.

4. Rapid

This method is perhaps the scariest because it is done with the help of firm commands.

The subject’s mind is overloaded with sudden and firm commands. Some hypnotherapists use forceful commands until the subject helplessly surrenders his or her conscious control to the hypnotist.

Rapid is most commonly used for stage hypnosis because abrupt hypnosis puts the subject on a point of no return, leaving them with no choice but to give up and surrender to the hypnotist’s firm commands.

Before any of these hypnosis methods are done, the hypnotherapist is usually testing first the subject’s willingness to be hypnotised.

Meanwhile, the effect of hypnosis will depend on the subject’s personality and mental state but it usually takes a few minutes to as much as an hour.

The media have portrayed hypnotism as something mysterious. In fact, hypnotism is really mysterious because scientists cannot comprehensively understand and explain how a person’s mind can be controlled and what goes into the hypnotised subject’s mind.

Mysterious or not, hypnotism still serves as one of the most important pillars of medicine. Without this, people will have no other option to overcome their physical, mental or emotional illness but by taking in medicines with possible side effects.