Clinical hypnotists spend a long period of time to accumulate experience and knowledge before he or she performs hypnotherapy. At the beginning, one must follow standard procedures to carry out hypnotic induction. It ensures the safety and effectiveness of the trance induction. As time goes when a hypnotist becomes a master, he or she can then modify the hypnosis process as seen fit. Hypnosis is flexible and changeable as a hypnotist wishes to be.
Hypnosis is usually broken down into 5 major steps.
1. Diagnosis: The hypnotist will ask questions and clarify some potential confusion by the subject. If there is any misunderstanding, it will interfere with the process. The hypnotist will try to answer queries, and explain the hypnosis procedure to the subject.
2. Induction: The hypnotist puts the subject into trance state using an induction method. Generally, a few commonly used methods include progressive relaxation, eye fixation, deep breathing, visualization and other imaginary manners.
3. Deepening: The subject is brought to a deeper level in the subconscious mind. Methodology includes tunnel and stairs visualization methods.
4. Healing: During the stage, the hypnotist will perform the actual healing based on the needs of the subject. And this is also challenging, as you may have never met the same case before. The situation can be beyond your weirdest imagination. This stage also differentiates the masters among the hypnotists.
5. Ending: The subject recovers his or her external focus and awareness. He or she feels fine and experiences subtle change. The stage is usually done by counting from one to five.
Usually the whole process lasts for a few hours. Depending on situation, the subject may need additional hypnotic session in order to be fully healed.