Just as ambient background music can enhance your hypnosis sessions, so too can it diminish them if you don’t use the right kind of music.
So what is the best ambient background music to use for hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
To begin with, the music must be pleasing to listen to while not being distracting. The last thing you want in a therapy session or in self-hypnosis is for your mind to be distracted by a compelling melody or by sudden rises and falls in volume and intensity.
Solo instruments should be muted so there is not too much of a volume difference between them and the backing instruments. This will ensure that the solos do not distract, and it will also ensure that the backgrounds don’t fade into inaudibility when the music is played at low volume.
Speaking of which, the capacity of the music to be played at low volume without any dips that might result in stretches of silence is another factor you need to look for. As hypnosis music is usually played at low volume, this rules out a lot of music where the composers have used dramatic shifts in intensity to sustain interest.
Another important factor in choosing the best hypnosis music is that the music should be positive and gently uplifting. When listening to music in a normal setting it’s quite OK to have passages of drama and emotional intensity. However, in the context of hypnosis, you want to avoid anything that might prompt a negative response in the client. This means that hypnosis music needs to sacrifice some drama and intensity in favour of a gentle, positive consistency.
This doesn’t mean the music is going to be boring — it just means that the composer must take care to create an interesting piece using harmonic progressions and subtle melodies rather than the more dramatic devices.
To summarise, the best hypnosis and hypnotherapy music will have these four characteristics:
- Melodies pleasing to listen to but not distracting
- Solo instruments muted so as not to distract
- Volume intensity consistent throughout to avoid dropping below the audible level when played at low volume
- Positive and gently uplifting
Music based on these principles for ambient background music is able to create a sense of privacy and safety for the hypnosis client, encouraging them to relax into deep states of transformation and healing. It can also help your self-hypnosis or meditation sessions by gently guiding your awareness to more enlightening states of being. Make sure you choose hypnosis music that is created with your specific needs in mind.
Russel Brownlee is a certified hypnotherapist and creator of the Ambient Therapy range of music for hypnotherapy, reiki and mind-body healing. Get your ambient therapy MP3 downloads and free hypnosis music track now at http://hypnosismusic.bandcamp.com.