Hypnosis is not relaxation. And it’s important that the client know this. But I like to use relaxation hypnosis in the client’s first session for two reasons.
1. It’s slow.
This gives the client time to notice changes as they’re happening. And this provides a sense of safety. You’re giving lots of suggestions for deepening physical relaxation. If the client is following your instructions to relax, they’re going to start feeling more relaxed. This provides a sense of comfort and security.
2. It’s slow.
This gives you time to assess and adjust to the needs of the client which makes it safer for the client to follow your instructions. As you observe the client’s responses to your suggestions, you can incorporate whatever it is that you’re observing into your suggestions.
This will help the client to relax even deeper because your suggestions will be congruent with what they’re experiencing. You can then bring the clients attention to those feelings and sensations of deepening relaxation. And use these things as evidence of the power of their own Mind.
Bottom Line . . .
Relaxation hypnosis is a strategy, not a requirement. Where it can be especially useful in a client’s first session. A relaxation induction process can help to make it safer for a client to follow your instructions. And it gives you the time you need to observe the client’s responses. So, you can assess what needs to happen next. Also, the sensations of physical relaxation can be used as evidence that hypnosis is really happening.
Okay, that’s three reasons (but who's counting? 4, 3, 2, 1 . . .)
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