Yogic Breathing For Hypnosis: 3 Easy Techniques To Ground & Relax Your Clients Before Inducing A Hypnotic Trance [Includes Infographic]

When it comes to healing practices, often the best practitioners call on a variety of tools when working with clients. In this article, we’re going to look at the benefits of yogic breathing for hypnosis, and 3 easy techniques to ground and relax your clients before inducing a hypnotic trance.

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One of the reasons hypnosis is so popular is due to how streamlined, fast and effective it is; sometimes you can get to the core of an issue in as little as one session.

There’s no doubt about it… once your subject or client is in a hypnotic trance, and you’re equipped with the right techniques, you can help them resolve everything from fears and phobias, to overcoming anxiety and self-esteem issues.

But as mentioned above, this can only happen after the gateway to the unconscious mind has been opened – or in other words, when your client is in a hypnotic trance – meaning your job as a hypnotist is to find the right keys to open this door.

And as you might have experienced, some clients are easy to hypnotize. Whereas others have a more difficult time relaxing and trusting the process, and ultimately going into a trance state.

Both types of clients are great to work with because you get to put the full range of your skills to the test, after all, it would be boring if everyone fell into a trance simply after counting one, two, three!

So the main issue with the latter variety – the clients who are more difficult to hypnotize – is really a matter of time. As fun as hypnotic inductions are, the real change work only begins once someone is in a trance, so it’s important you’re able to induce a trance fairly quickly, especially if you have a packed schedule of clients to see.

But of course, time isn’t the only constraint. After all, not everyone can be hypnotized, sometimes a person’s critical conscious mind is in such a state of high alert it can’t or won’t let their defences down. Perhaps they’re just too skeptical, or maybe they have had people abuse or manipulate them in the past, so they’re wary. Understandably, the conscious mind is simply trying to protect them.

But assuming this isn’t the case, that you’re working with a client who is receptive and believes in the power of hypnosis, however, they’re difficult to hypnotize because they’ve arrived at their session feeling very stressed or distracted, it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help them quickly relax and get grounded.

There are many hypnosis and self-hypnosis techniques that you can use to do just this, which we share extensively on this blog. But in this article, we’re going to do something a little different and explore some of the yogic breathing techniques that the yogis have long used to see how they can complement your hypnosis skillset. Use them to ground clients before inducing a hypnotic trance to get them into a relaxed state, or share this article with them so they can practice them at home.

How The Breath Can Be Used To Trigger The “Rest & Digest” System For Deep Relaxation

The breath has profound effects on the nervous system, if consciously controlled it can have an energizing or relaxing effect.

Slowing the breath down and gently extending the exhalation activates the “rest and digest” mode (the Parasympathetic Nervous System, PNS). It therefore has a calming and relaxing effect on the body and mind, bringing about a sense of receptivity and centeredness as illustrated in the diagram below:

Yogic Breathing For Hypnosis: 3 Easy Techniques To Ground & Relax Your Clients Before Inducing A Hypnotic Trance

Or as Timothy McCall explains in his breakthrough book, Yoga As Medicine:

“[…] the breath is used to relax the nervous system, which in turn calms the mind. In this state […] you have access to deeper wisdom from within, and both creativity and healing are facilitated.”

To fully derive the benefits of breathing techniques and to subsequently come into a receptive state prior to your session, the type and quality of the breath must first be established.

There are 3 parts to each breath: inhalation, retention and exhalation. The retention and exhalation are key to the health benefits and will be used in the techniques below.

In exhaling at length the lungs are being rid of stale air allowing a deep surge of freshly oxygenated air back in.

Yogic breathing exercises, pranayama (literally meaning breath control) focus on a prolonged retention and exhalation. Pranayama comes from prana meaning life force, or energy. The equivalent in the Chinese system is Chi. Prana is life force energy and vital for nourishing and maintaining the body.

Pranayama techniques are traditional yoga practices to assist in expanding the vital force and channelling it through the nadis (energy channels of the body) to purify and revitalize the body, mind and spirit.

The type of breathing that brings deep and beneficial breath is known as diaphragmatic breathing. In itself this is a yogic practice and of immeasurable benefit in bringing the body and mind into a state of calm and centeredness.

Key to this type of breath is an understanding of how the diaphragm works. The diaphragm is a dome shaped sheet of muscle located under and attached to the ribs. Above it sit the heart and lungs, below it sit the abdominal organs, it is attached to the lower spine by a thick tendon. On inhaling the ribs fill with air the diaphragm contracts and moves down pushing the abdomen outwards. On exhaling the diaphragm relaxes, moving back up and pushing the air out of the lungs, the belly as a result moves in a bit.

Simply put: inhale belly rises, exhale belly falls.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Yogic Breathing For Hypnosis: 3 Easy Techniques To Ground & Relax Your Clients Before Inducing A Hypnotic Trance

In short, these breathing techniques develop concentration by focusing the mind, remove stress and anxiety by creating calmness and peace by activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest mode), plus, they also boost the immune system by lowering the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) response. The perfect state to put your clients in before hypnosis, wouldn’t you agree?

Additionally, they’re effective tools for your clients to take home with them given that they can be done at home, at work, in the car (with the exception of Nadi Shodhana while driving!). Or for you to use yourself to get into the essential “H+” state so you can help your clients make powerful transformations.

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Hypnosis Training Video #532: The Successful Hypnosis Professional: Interviewing Penny Chiasson, Nurse Anesthetist, Board Certified Hypnotist & Hypnosis Instructor (CPHI)

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Is It Hypnosis? – Part Eighteen

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It seems to have been a while since I’ve gone back to my old stories to see if the hypnosis contained within them is at all realistic, and if so whether there are any good lessons to be learned about ethical kink therein. Again, I think this is really valuable; something featuring vampires or tentacled monstrosities or brainwashing helmets is obviously a fantasy, but I think it’s worth discussing what can really be done with hypnosis and why sometimes it really shouldn’t. So let’s get started, shall we?

Exercise One: This one, I think, may fall ever so slightly into that creepy gray area between “nah, you couldn’t possibly” and “let’s never find out, shall we?” Certainly, there are a lot of ways that people have exploited that bond of social conformity to bring people along to extremes of behavior that they wouldn’t otherwise do. There’s a lot of well-known psychological experimentation that demonstrates that humans have an inherent tendency to go along with the group, to say nothing of our tendency to follow authority figures. It’s not at all implausible to imagine that Jessica might find herself in a position where she assumes that if nobody but her has a problem with Professor Doakes’ methods, then it must be her that’s wrong.

Regardless of whether this is possible, it’s very clear from Jessica’s (probably realistic) reactions in the story that it’s going to do extremely awful things to someone’s head to be subjected to this kind of programming, and you shouldn’t do it. If you find yourself wanting to start a sex cult, I really hope it goes without saying that you should check that urge and seek help. Charles Manson, R. Kelly and Keith Raniere are not role models.

Take a Bow: (Private confession – I think this one turned out terrible. Not for reasons of realism; I just never really felt satisfied with it.) In any event, it’s probably not really feasible. You could certainly go a long way toward using hypnosis to assist in method acting, especially with a willing subject; it’s basically just a form of visualization exercise to help you get into character. That part is believable. But the subconscious isn’t easily fooled, and Charles would in all probability snap out of the trance himself even without a handler there to wake him after the cameras stopped rolling. His natural association would be to do so, in fact. Most of this is just contrivance. Hmmm… maybe that is why I never liked it after all?

Fascination: I was torn on whether or not to even put this one in here, because the ‘hypnosis’ is so patently unbelievable as to almost be a magic spell. But the story presents it as a real event with natural causes, a simple stroboscopic fascinator that happens to be extremely powerful due to random chance and hypnotizes the viewer without the need for a formal induction. And also puts the viewer into a trance so deep that they absorb all suggestions irresistibly. And also causes intense pleasure because sure, why not? Needless to say, this one is total bullshit, even if it’s immensely hot total bullshit.

Nobody Does It Better: And speaking of total bullshit… look, do I even have to say that this one is deliberately and consciously ludicrous? It’s an overt parody of the ‘hypnotist’s harem’ style of EMC story, a clear (and hopefully amusing) over the top version of the tropes used in other stories about improbably talented lesbian hypnotists collecting kinky young women like Pokemon and watching them perform for her amusement. Nothing in here is achievable in a million years, probably not even with eager and consenting subjects with a lot of experience going into trance. It’s funny, but it’s not real hypnosis.

Since U Been Gone: I do think it would probably be possible to do this one with a willing subject; certainly, the suggestion provides a self-reinforcing incentive to comply by giving the subject sexual pleasure every time they forget the letter ‘U’. I’m not sure if you could have long-term success with it – or if you would want to, as it would probably wind up being a pain in the ass for a number of reasons – but short-term “forget letters/numbers” is an old hypnosis party trick. That part is pretty believable.

But with an unwilling, or an unwitting subject? Nope. Especially not someone who was a stickler for grammar or spelling. There’d simply be too much incongruence between the conscious and unconscious mind to overcome. Given that I know some spelling sticklers who won’t even read this story, I’m pretty sure that anyone who hated the idea would simply reject the suggestion.

And oh, hey look! That’s another five stories in the books! See you next week for another blog entry, and ((shrug emoji)) for another installment in this series!

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Professional Hypnotherapy Training, 2015

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What’s the Difference Between Healthy Shame and Toxic Shame?

Shame is an emotion that is hardwired In mammals, including humans, from the time of birth.  

But not all pity is alike, and being able to distinguish healthy shame from poisonous shame is valuable to your general well-being (see my posts: Healing Shame in Remedy  and Knowing the Difference Between Guilt and Shame).

What is the Difference Between Healthy Shame and Hazardous Shame?

What’s Shame Hardwired in All Mammals?
Being able to experience healthy shame can help us from making errors that could otherwise frees us from our family, friends and communities.   This was true even when an individual couldn’t survive outside of the community, when people lived in tribes or tiny communities.

The ability to feel wholesome shame when we have made a mistake, especially a mistake that was damaging to another, enables us to sense remorse so we can make amends to the person who was hurt by our error.

A Good Illustration of Healthful Shame
For instance, if Bob says something that is unkind to his buddy, Joe, also can observe that the Joe looks hurt, Bob feels a sense of healthy shame for damaging his friend.   After he sees the hurt look on the face of Joe, Bob blushes and feels like a pang in his stomach he would never hurt him and because he really cares for Joe.   Bob’s sense of empathy is the thing that allows Bob to place himself in Joe’s location to sense just how Joe feels.

Additionally, these physiological cues (e.g., blushing and the pang in his stomach) and the sense of pity are indications to Bob that he Wants to apologize to Joe to repair their connection.   Bob realizes he took it out on Joe and that he was in a bad mood, therefore he provides him a heartfelt apology and clarifies this to Joe.   Recognizing that Bob’s remark is uncharacteristic of Bob, Joe takes the apology of Bob and they proceed to dinner.   After the apology, their friendship remains intact as they had before and they move on.

But imagine if Bob didn’t feel healthy shame, and he made cruel remarks to Joe without any sense of guilt.   You can imagine that sooner or later Bob wouldn’t have Joe or other friends left because he would have alienated them with his unkindness.   And, worst of all, because he had no sense of remorse he would not attempt to mend things with his buddies.

There are some individuals, who’ve narcissistic tendencies, who lack compassion for others, and this makes it difficult for them to feel what others are feeling.   As a result, they don’t have a healthy sense of shame, and this disrupts their relationships.

A Good Example of Hazardous (or Unhealthy) Shame
Ida is an artist, and she loves painting. Her friends invite her to have a gallery showing and often compliment her art.   A gallery is, owned by one of her friends, Marie and she has been urging her work to be shown by Ida .

Whenever Ida gets compliments from her friends, she feels ashamed, particularly when Marie invites her to show her work from the gallery.   Ida blushes and her tummy feels queasy, when she hears those compliments.   Sometimes, she feels numb.   Her first idea whenever she gets compliments on her work is,”I am really not a good artist.   I wish they would stop complimenting me since it makes me feel so uncomfortable, and also my work feels so unimportant.”

One day, Marie brought an art dealer to Ida’s art studio with no telling Ida beforehand.   After the art trader offered to represent her and praised Ida’s job, Ida’s shame was so intense that she felt like she was going to faint.

In an intellectual level, Ida knew that the art dealer wouldn’t be making this offer unless she really thought Ida’s job was superior.   But on an emotional level, Ida felt so ashamed that she wanted to conceal.   She was able to pull herself together enough to take the business card of the art dealer and tell her that she would call her .

Later, when Ida and Marie were lonely, Marie told Ida she could not understand why Ida was so hesitant to take the art trader up on her offer,”Ida, I know you want to sell your work, and Susan is among the top art dealers in Nyc.   Why are not you jumping on this?”

Ida wasn’t sure how to respond because she felt confused about her own emotions.   Marie implied that Ida seek assistance from a psychotherapist to learn what was blocking her emotionally, when she clarified to Marie.

A week after, Ida started therapy with an experiential therapist, who was recommended for her.

With Time, when Ida and her therapist tracked Ida’s awareness of shame to Ida’s childhood history, Ida remembered her mother’s reactions whenever Ida attempted to show her mum her artwork,”My mother would scold me every time, and she would inform me there were much more important things in life than performing artwork.   She would tell me my sense of pride in my art was shameful in the face of the suffering that kids had to survive and who had been starving in other countries.   She explained that I had been a showoff.”

As Ida talked about this with her psychotherapist, she remembered feeling mortified she had been excited about her art.   She continued to do artwork, but she stopped showing it to her mother and she never felt it for the feeling of pride or joy. For working with her art, she felt shame.   And whenever someone complimented her art got triggered.

Ida was relieved to know there was a coherent explanation to her toxic pity and that her and her therapist Could follow it back to its roots.   But she knew that this poisonous shame was so emotionally debilitating to her, and she wanted to understand how to overcome it.

As an experiential psychotherapist, Ida’s therapist utilized many different treatment modalities, such as AEDP, which stands for Accelerated Experiential Developmental Psychotherapy and EMDR treatment , which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

As part of the AEDP modality, the therapist explained that everyone has a multiplicity of selves, such as a here-and-now adult self and the several selves throughout a lifetime, such as a young child part, a teenaged part, etc (see my article: Understanding the Different Aspects of Yourself).

Subsequently her therapist asked Ida to focus on her inner emotional world and get her grownup self so as to speak to her mother from an adult perspective, as opposed to talking from the fearful child self (see my article: Considering Your Childhood Trauma From an Adult Perspective).   She invited Ida to envision her mother and asked Ida what she wanted to convey about how Ida shamed.

Ida was able to get her adult self and felt righteous anger about the way her mother shamed her.   From that standpoint, Ida pictured her mum in the seat next to her at the therapist’s office and she told her mum,”How dare you shame a kid like this!   I was only five years old when you began telling me these things.   I wanted you also to encourage me and to be proud of my job.   But my artwork turned into something ugly, as if I was selfish. I accept your words of pity .”

In AEDP, this is imaginal work is called a portrayal, similar to”chair work” in Gestalt therapy or other types of experiential treatment.   At first, a customer may feel awkward about speaking to an figure in the room.   But customers feel a sense of relief after they do a portrayal and become comfortable.   Pent up feelings that have been saved from body and the mind for many years are released.

Often it takes more than one portrayal to finish this job, and at our example, Ida did a range of portrayals over time in therapy by speaking to her mother and addressing her anger and sadness about how her mom shamed her.

Her therapist also helped Ida to do”parts function ”   She explained to Ida that, whereas portrayals are inter-relational work involving the client and somebody else, parts work is intrapsychic work.

In Ida’s situation, she remained grounded in her mature thoughts and feelings and she pictured her five year old self sitting next to her at the therapy session.   She brought at age five in a picture of herself to show her therapist until they started doing the components function.

Her therapist explained to Ida the Ida’s five year old self was the”container” for its toxic shame, which this younger self needed the help of her adult self to heal.   Ida pictured herself soothing her with a hug and talking to her younger self.   She and her therapist replicated this work quite a few instances in their therapy session.

Then they did EMDR treatment to work through the traumatic emotions that were stored in the five year old self (see my posts: What is EMDR Therapy? How EMDR Therapy Works: EMDR and the Brain and Overcoming Trauma With EMDR Treatment Whenever the Past is at the Current ).

After Ida worked through her poisonous shame, she had been able to feel happiness and exuberance again about her artwork.   She felt ashamed.   She felt that a sense of pride.   This allowed her to reveal her work and contact the artwork dealer.

Whereas wholesome shame is hardwired and also a necessary part of working well in society, toxic shame is traumatic.   Shame has its roots in childhood when a child was dependent upon their parents to endure and needed little in the way of defenses that are healthy to ward off the shame.

Although poisonous shame can be emotionally and physically debilitating, experiential treatment can help individuals with toxic shame to conquer the trauma which caused the growth of this unhealthy pity.

Getting Assist in Therapy
Regular talk therapy helps customers to develop intellectual insight as to why their shame is poisonous, but it is often unhelpful in terms of enabling these customers to change within an psychological level (see my post: Why Experiential Therapy is More Effective Than Regular Chat Therapy to Overcome Trauma).

Experiential treatment, such as AEDP, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, parts function, and clinical hypnosis, are modalities which help clients to change from toxic shame.

If you are experiencing poisonous shame, rather than continuing to endure, you owe it to yourself to work using an abysmal psychotherapist, who can allow you to work through your issues so you’re free of toxic shame.

About Me
I am a licensed NYC psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, EMDR, AEDP, Somatic Experiencing and Emotionally Focused treatment (EFT for couples)  See my article: The Healing Advantages of Integrative Psychotherapy.

I work with individual adults and couples.

I’ve helped many customers to conquer toxic shame in order that they could live happier, more fulfilling lives.

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