The Use Of Progressive
Relaxation With Hypnosis
The Use Of Progressive Relaxation With Hypnosis. People see
hypnosis in many different ways. They may picture a magician
making someone cluck like a chicken, a witness being hypnotized
to retrieve information on a crime, or a person becoming a
mindless zombie to do the bidding of their hypnotist, no matter
Thankfully, the truth is a lot less exciting. Hypnosis is
really just another term for trance, where a person is in a
state between waking and sleeping. When in a trance, the
subject tends to highly focused on one stimulus, such as the
hypnotists voice, while ignoring other things around them.
The subject tends to be more suggestible and may have
decreased inhibitions, however the trance is easily broken and
the subject is never completely out of control of his or her
behavior. A person can be hypnotized using many techniques.
Some techniques involve using props like a constantly moving
spiral or a gold watch. The easiest technique, however,
requires nothing more than the hypnotists voice and is know as
progress relaxation. To perform progressive relaxation, the
person to be hypnotized needs to sit or lie down in a way that
he or she is comfortable.
Soft music might be played in the background if both the
subject and the hypnotist agree to it. In soft yet firm voice,
the hypnotist starts by getting the subject to focus attention
on each of the major muscle groups, starting with their feet
and working their way up.
The subject should be asked to tense the muscles, hold for a
count of three, and then relax, working their way from the feet
up the calves, knees, thighs, etc. After every few muscle
groups, the hypnotist should remind the subject to remain in
that relaxed state, by reiterating the groups that have already
Once the hypnotist and their subject have made their way up
to the face and neck, additional suggestions of sleepiness can
Common Food Cures
Hypnosis is no longer considered just a form of entertainment
The art of the stage entertainer that puts his audience under a spell is still main stream entertainment, but in a sign of a ever growing trend of using it in treatment, people like the British hypnotist Paul McKenna who started as an entertainer have re-invented himself as a self help guru.
As published in the Western Medical Journal in October 2001, there is medical evidence that hypnosis can help with anxiety, insomnia, phobias and obesity. Not the absence of evidence that it can help cure smoking. The stop smoking programs help by working on the stress triggers and the eating triggers so can still be effective.
This may include telling the subject that their eyelids feel
heavy and encouraging them to close their eyes while listening
closely, this technique has successfully induced a trance,
and the hypnotist can get to work at the goal they are striving
for. They can ask questions, suggest visualizations, or implant
commands for use post-hypnosis. Some subjects may slip
naturally from trance into sleep, and will awaken feeling calm
However, the best technique is to awaken the subject from
the trance. The most used way of doing this is to count
from ten to one while giving the hypnotized subject cues on
how their body is waking up. For instance, at ten they may
be starting to wakeup, nine their feet are awake and ready
to move, eight their legs are ready to walk, etc. working
their way up the body and back to consciousness.
If you are hypnotised it does not mean
that you are in a state of sleep. However
in order to help you enter into a deeply
relaxing state, the hypnotist might voice
the suggestion to sleep.
After performing a hypnosis session, you should be open to
comments and criticism from your subject. Getting objective
feedback can help you to always hone and improve your skill
for even better results the next time around. You and your
subject should keep in mind that multiple sessions may be
required in order to achieve your desired results.