How to Relax into a Hypnotic State
Updated: Sep 13, 2022
Often potential clients ask what hypnosis feels like. Think of it as taking a nice nap, a nice meditation. This is your moment to relax.
Here are a few tips for accessing that state in preparation or during a session.
Tip #1 - Take deep, gentle breaths.
Feel your stomach rise on the inhale, and lower on the exhale. A steady rhythm relaxes the mind, redirects the focus. Doing this for at least a couple of minutes can relieve stress and tension in the body.
Tip #2 - Listen to deep, soft, rhythmic tones.
In a session, it's my voice relaxing you through tone while you breathe. At home, you can try the sounds of crystal bowls, chants, or steady rhythms, or humming. There's great meditation apps available, and lots of musical playlists to help.
"The power of the heart is to be connected with who you are at the deepest level" – Eckhart Tolle
Tip #3 - Be present with what you see and feel.
Thank yourself for taking time out of your busy day to relax. With all our obligations, it can be hard. Before I know it, my thoughts have sometimes gone down a rabbit hole. Beyond thought, be present with the first thing you see, like a pink elephant. Be present with what you are feeling. See where it takes you beyond conscious control mechanisms.
Tip #4 - Allow the mind to drift.
If your consciousness drifts somewhere unfamiliar or uncomfortable, remember your breath. You can always come back to the breath.
Tip #5 - Minimize conscious stimulants.
Of course, you'll want to be aware of substances and other things that trigger your brain awake. I live in a town with a train that whistles. So, I time my hypnosis and meditation around the train whistle. Maybe wait until the kids are at school or engaged. Maybe hold off on the cup of coffee until you've relaxed for a few minutes.
Anyone can access hypnosis.
That's just a few basic tips. Of course in a session, we go into alternate realities and the subconscious. Visit my page about Session Structure for more specifics. Good luck!