December 23

How to Verify That Your Hypnosis Client is Following Instructions

Preliminary Techniques


The Mind and body work together. So, as the body relaxes, the mind will tend to relax with the body.  And the client will naturally begin to drift into a state of hypnosis.  

If you’re not sure if the client is following your instructions, you can always test. 

If you’re giving suggestions for relaxation, what you want to know is, is the client relaxing physically? To test, what you can do is say, “In a moment, I’m going to lift this hand a couple of inches.”  

Touch them lightly on the wrist so they’ll know what to expect. Then say, “If you’ve been following my instructions, this arm and shoulder and wrist should be very relaxed.”   Touch them lightly on the wrist as you say that. So, now they know what’s expected of them.

Make sure they understand the instructions.  Then, take the wrist and just lift the hand a couple of inches above the arm of the chair.  You don’t have to lift it much – just enough to give it a little wiggle to see if it’s relaxed.  The wrist and the arm should feel heavy and kind of wobbly.  If there’s resistance you’ll feel it.

Most of the time, the arm will be very limp.  So, you can reinforce that by saying, “That’s good.”  Or, “Wonderful …”  Then, stack another deepener on top of that.  For example, “The deeper you go, the better you feel…”

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About the author 

Wendie Webber

With over thirty years of experience as a healing practitioner, Wendie brings a broad range of skills to her approach to regression to cause hypnosis. She combines a gentle, yet commanding way of presenting with a thorough, clear and systematic approach to helping healing practitioners to make sense of regression hypnotherapy.