Trance in Hypnotherapy


Trance in Hypnotherapy

Often trance is being compared to somewhat exotic experience. In reality, it is just as natural as sleep. You see sleep as a part of your daily routine and perfectly normal activities. You don’t question lying flat on a horizontal surface, putting on a night robe every day, closing your eyes and drifting into unconscious state where you can see images, hear sounds and feel the same emotions as in real life. Just like sleeping state, the trance may seem unusual and mysterious at the same time, when it’s simply as natural as a state of sleep itself. Both of these states allow you to walk deeply inside yourself…

There are lots of ways of experiencing trance. Some of it takes place in our daily life without us even being aware of it. There is such type as an environmental trance, spiritual trance, hypnotic trance, music trance, shock trance and many more, the list goes on.

When applying it in hypnotherapy, trance can be divided in three different types:

Stage 1: light trance. Have you ever driven on a freeway and missed an exit? Or couldn’t remember anything that was going on while you were very focused on something specifically meaningful to you at the moment? This is a light state of trance. In science of neurology it is called an Alpha Brain-Wave State. It is also very similar to the feeling you experience when you wake up in the morning and you can already hear everything around you but you stay immovable for a while because your body is still waking up. This is the state where you are completely relaxed and your mind is awake.

Stage 2: is medium state of trance. This is the type of trance you go to when you go to bed at night. It is slightly deeper and more relaxed then Alpha and it is the state you go through before falling asleep. So, basically, in order for you to fall asleep at all you have to hypnotize yourself into homeostasis taking over your unconscious body. How do you know you reached the second stage? Imagine you are laying in bed and you are so relaxed but still consciously present, and the phone rings in the other room. Normally you would get up and answer it but your body is too relaxed and too lazy to even move so your mind decides to ignore the call instead. You find yourself drifting in and out of trance, tuning out and almost not hearing the surrounding sounds or actions taking place.

Stage 3: is called a Cataleptic Trance. This is the phenomena that is widely used in medical field today for creating hypno-anesthesia to perform surgeries. It is used with people who are intolerant to medical anesthesia or don’t take it very well. In this state of hypnosis you reaching the last awaken state before going totally unconscious but you are not unconscious, a hypnotherapist keeps you right on the verge of falling asleep. It takes some practice though, but 50 percent of population is naturally suggestible to this type of trance, so for some people it is easier to reach then others but everyone can do it with more or less practice and trained professional guidance.

In any of the states, you can experience light to total amnesia. This is when you come out of trance and don’t remember why you were there on the first place. But don’t worry, if it happens in hypnosis, loss of memory in the session itself is actually a good sign, that means your mind is accepting positive suggestions very well and chances for resistance and therefore going to the old behaviors are significantly lower.

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