Before a sessions starts a terms of business is sent to the client after the client has booked in. This confirms everything that has been discussed in writing and includes the number of sessions, payment options and directions to which practise they have chosen.
Once the client has arrived every effort is made to make them as comfortable as possible. Physical and mental relaxation being key. Comfy chairs being the order of the day.
After a fact find is conducted the induction starts.
Before any induction a very thorough explanation is given as to what hypnosis is and more importantly what it is not. Stage shows and films have shaped many attitudes, with the evil hypnotist controlling the person who is in their presence, invariably wearing black robes, with bloodshot eyes, and a slightly constipated look.
Once a client has been through the induction and programming /uncovering work a full explanation is given around the techniques employed. I refer to this as the debrief.
Feedback is important so that a person understands that they have engaged trance state.
It is an educational process and we both work as team to get the best possible result that a client is paying you for.
As each session progresses a client becomes more relaxed and free-fall relaxation often occurs. They do on "the drift" whereby the analytical conscious side of the mind is more relaxed, so the subconscious mind is open for positive powerful and beneficial suggestions. Results are everything.
Over the years I have been asked some strange questions including,” will I have an out off body experience”?
Or "will I astral travel"?
Such occurrences are well beyond my capabilities.