Everything You Need To Know About Deepeners – Part 4

Here we are, at the final part of this mini-series about deepeners. By the time you’ve finished reading this part, assuming you’ve looked at the first three articles in the series, you’ll have a nice, reliable bank of 10 methods for deepening the level of trance that your hypnosis clients experience.

Deepeners Part 1

Deepeners Part 2

Deepeners Part 3

Deepener 9 – Limb phenomena

Here’s one which, as you gain in confidence, you can develop and take to different levels. It’s helpful for clients who want to be certain that they really have been hypnotized. It involves making the limb (usually the arm) feel very light and rise up in the air, then returning the normal feeling of weight to it so that it lowers back to rest on the arm of the chair, or into the subject’s lap, with an accompanying feeling of deep relaxation. Having induced a certain level of trance, you might say something like:

I’d like you to focus your attention on your right arm now. Feel how relaxed it is. Notice the sensation of the leather beneath your palm (or whatever appropriate description would match the subject’s experience) and let your whole arm relax even more, resting more heavily against the arm of the chair. More and more relaxed… so relaxed that it almost feels as though it’s quite detached from you…

And now imagine that arm becoming lighter and lighter… until there’s hardly any sensation of weight in that arm at all… so light… feeling weightless…  light as a feather… so that if you let it go, it can begin to float upwards, almost as though it is attached to a balloon, that effortlessly lifts your arm up into the air, lighter and lighter… imagine there’s a string round your wrist attached to that balloon, gradually lifting your arm up so that it can float gently, higher and higher… that’s right… (even if the subject’s arm hasn’t moved yet, they will be experiencing a feeling of lightness in the limb… you may have to repeat the suggestions of lightness a few times more, or even lift the arm a fraction, saying “see how light it is and easy for me to lift,” just to start the motion upwards, but in most cases this will happen quite readily)

Having induced the feeling of lightness and the raising of the arm, you can simply talk the weight gradually back into the arm, and suggest that it gently lowers back down as it returns to normal. Please remember to return the limb to “normal”. If your client walks out at the end of the session looking lop-sided, you’ll know you forgot!

As the feeling of weight returns to the arm, you can say how, as it lowers, your client is falling deeper and deeper into trance or relaxation, becoming deeply, deeply relaxed and enjoying that pleasant sensation.

This can be taken further by inducing a rigid arm, suggesting the arm is stuck to the chair, and/or complete arm catalepsy (total inability to move any part of it)… just be certain to return the limb to normal when you’re done!

Deepener 10 – Feedback Technique

I’ve included this one because, although there’s nothing exciting or dramatic about it, it’s an excellent one to have up your sleeve for clients who are nervous and/or have difficulty going deeper than a superficial level of trance.

If someone seems to only enter a very light trance, the feedback technique simply involves asking them to describe in detail the sensations they felt when going into that light trance. This can be quite different for each individual. By carefully noting what the client was feeling and in what order, you can take them back into trance, describing what they are going to feel, in the same order as before.

It seems there’s no resistance to these suggestions because they reflect what the client has already experienced and expects to experience again.

This confirmation of the client’s experience helps them to go deeper into trance each time, as they recognize what you are telling them, and therefore accept that they must be going into trance.

You can repeat the procedure of waking them, discussing anything new about their experience this time, and then inducing trance again, utilizing the new information. Each time, the level of trance achieved should be noticeably deeper.

Deepeners Part 4 Conclusion

Throughout these articles I’ve tried to give a fairly detailed idea of how the deepeners work and examples of the wording you might use. But in this final installment I want to emphasize the importance of getting to know the nature and flow of a technique, then using words and phrases that are natural to you.

When I first started to learn this hypnosis stuff, I would sit with my “clients” (thankfully just my fellow students!) and read, word for word, the scripts we were given by the college. Although they were excellent, reliable scripts, some of the language just didn’t sit naturally with me.

As a result, although they worked reasonably well, I couldn’t get into that “flow” which is part of the magic of being a hypnotist. And because the words weren’t natural to me I would stumble and hesitate at times. My very compliant fellow students were extremely tolerant (we were all in the same boat, and they were just as bad!) but I’m glad they were not paying clients!

As my confidence grew I began to follow the general structure of the scripts, but in my own words. Just this simple action led to my subjects experiencing a much deeper level of trance.

I would go so far as to say that for novice and student hypnotists, this shift to using your own, natural language is a deepener in itself! So I urge you to make these techniques your own, and have fun with them – responsibly of course!

I hope you enjoyed this series on Deepeners and took something away from it, even if it was just a small nugget of information. If you really want to learn a lot more about deepeners then I recommend you check out my friend Sean Michael Andrews DVD program called Deepening The Trance.

It’s excellent program that really takes you further into the world of deepeners and other techniques to really make sure you’re able to get a really great level of trance within your client.