In its shortest form, this is a powerful and reliable induction that can consist of only 8 words, ”Press on my hand. Close your eyes… Sleep!”
To pull-off the induction in 8 words, a good pre-talk is very useful. Clients need to understand that hypnosis is safe and natural. They must also understand that it is important to follow your instructions.
Press on my hand.[While they are pressing down, have your client close her eyes, giving the client two tasks to focus their attention on at once.]
Close your eyes.[Whilst the client is pressing down on the therapist’s hand with her eyes closed, the therapist’s hand is suddenly removed, creating the startle response which lasts for a very short period of time, two seconds at the most. During this “instant” your client is in a state of high suggestibility.]
Go limp and relaxed, continuing to relax further with every breath. As I gently rock your head, your neck relaxes and that feeling of relaxation moves through your entire body.