Hypnotic suggestion types
Most people are aware that hypnotherapy consists of helping clients through suggestions given while they are in a relaxed, hypnotic state. In reality, there are several different kinds of suggestions which can be made.
This consists of encouraging a client to make a small, automatic gesture, for example raising a finger or moving an arm; conversely, movement of the part of the body can also be inhibited, such as in the case of eye catalepsy or arm immobility.
Perceptual experiences suggestion
When it is suggested to the client that their hand or limb has become warm, heavy, numb or cold, this is known as ideosensory suggestion; other suggestions can be made in terms of the senses for taste, smell, hearing and sight.
Complex experiences suggestion
Taking the client back to relive an early memory (“age regression”) or taking them into the future (“age progression”) are complex experiences; other suggestions include distorting time to speed it up or slow it down. Hypnotherapy generally emphasizes mental and physical relaxation, with suggestions to encourage positive changes in behavior, thinking and feelings, while using guided imagery techniques to explore possible problems and integrate positive solutions.
Any of the foregoing suggestions can also be given to clients for them to take place after the hypnosis session is over. Clients also learned to use self-hypnosis to rehearse relaxation – and give themselves positive suggestions!