Instant inductions are the newest tool for the professional hypnotist for clinical, street and stage hypnosis sessions, and are quite useful in a variety of settings because they create a powerful reaction and they allow you to get on with the intention of the hypnotic experience.
Traditional induction methods, such as PMR or progressive muscle relaxation, eye-fixation, visualization and awareness inductions are still quite useful in certain situations - over-anxious clients, those who just want to relax, etc - but they often take ten to twenty minutes or longer when done in full. If you do a complete head-to-toe PMR induction at a stage hypnosis show, your entire audience is likely to be asleep, and that’s not what they expected or paid admission to experience. If you see clinical clients, why waste twenty minutes on induction when you can spend fifteen of that on targeted assessment and creating practical suggestions for life improvement?
Rapid inductions, meaning those that induce trance in about three to seven minutes, have become quite popular over the past decade, especially with stage hypnosis shows and returning clinical hypnosis clients. With a rapid induction, you are essentially cutting the more traditional induction down to, as screenwriter/author William Goldman might say, ‘the good parts.’ Instead of addressing every single muscle in the body for a PMR induction, you would work with muscle groups (shoulders and arms, torso, legs), and instead of delivering the induction in an Ericksonian or indirective, free-style unabridged manner, your speech would be far more pithy and instructional in nature. In short, fewer words with more direction equals less time into trance.
The rising popularity of ‘street hypnosis’ - performing hypnotic acts rather spontaneously in social situations - has created a need for more immediate inductions. European sensation hypnotist Peter Powers popularized street hypnosis with a television special several years ago. However, his show would have been quite boring had they also filmed and showed the pre-talk and intensive induction process he used, rather than just the entertaining phenomena he demonstrated with his subjects. Average Joe hypnotists, however, do not carry cameras around, and their subjects on the street or in local bars and restaurants expect instant results. Responding to this demand, celebrity hypnotist John Cerbone, an originator of several eye-popping induction methods, working closely with innovative hypnotist Richard Nongard, have taken the term ‘instant’ quite literally, and have shaved induction time down to literally three to six seconds. Their amazing results are now known the world over as ‘speed-trance.’
There are several variations of the instant induction method, from a refreshing twist on the famous NLP, Milton Erickson and Cal Banyan’s rapid Handshake Inductions, to Cerbone’s original six-second Butterfly Flutterdown. With a little practice and an open mind, these strategies are simple to master and will certainly WOW the crowd. Additionally, they are quite useful as hypnotic convincers in stage show productions, as well as for getting down to business with returning clinical clients.
~ Paula Duncan Nongard, MA/CCH
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