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What is brainwave entrainment?

How brainwave entrainment works in hypnosis Entrainment is a principle in physics that says that when two or more rhythmically moving objects are within range of each other they will tend to synchronize their cycles. The effect was first observed by the scientist Christiaan Huygens more than 300 years ago when he put two unsynchronized […]

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Brainwaves – defining the different frequencies

The functions of beta, alpha, theta, and delta brainwaves in hypnosis The brain is composed of billions of cells called neurons. The neurons communicate with one another using tiny electrical signals. When the brain is looked at as a whole, these signals form patterns called brainwaves. With the invention of sensitive equipment to measure brainwave […]

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Ideomotor hand movements

Accessing creative resources using ideomotor hand movements This technique allows unconscious processes to be resolved without the client being aware of the content of the processes. It harnesses the client’s resources and provides a completely non-invasive, non-threatening option for situations where you don’t want to rush into an age regression. The ideomotor movements are passive […]

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Setting up ideomotor finger signals

How to set up ideomotor finger signalling in hypnosis Definition: Ideomotor – Involuntary, subconsciously produced movement of the body in response to a thought, feeling, or idea. Generally used to enable communication at a deeper level than is possible with verbal expression. The client should be in a light state of trance. Have them rest […]

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How to use ideomotor signalling in hypnotherapy

Working with ideomotor signals and the Chevreul pendulum The word ‘ideomotor’ refers to mind and to movement – communication of inner states (mind) using unconscious body movements. Communication is enabled at a deeper level than if it were limited to verbal expression. Ideomotor signals are most commonly set up using the fingers. The Chevreul pendulum […]

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How to use the Chevreul pendulum in hypnosis

Using the Chevreul pendulum The pendulum is an effective way of eliciting ideomotor signals. Interestingly, the patient does not have to be in a trance for this to work. The mere act of using the pendulum fixes the client’s attention and induces its own trance. Establishing the signals Tell the client that the pendulum simply […]

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On the efficacy of authoritative suggestions

Authoritative suggestions in hypnosis Is it enough to simply put someone into a trance and then provide them with positive suggestions? Here’s a perspective from Milton Erickson (Quoted in Cheek & Rossi: Mind Body Therapy, p. 14): The induction and maintenance of a trance serves to provide a special psychological state in which patients can […]

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Book review: Mind-body Therapy, by Cheek & Rossi

Mind Body Therapy: Methods of Ideodynamic Healing in Hypnosis by Ernest Rossi and David Cheek “A remarkable collaboration between psychologist Ernest Rossi and gynaecologist-obstetrician David Cheek, this book guides and empowers therapists and patients to find the keys to their own health and well-being through therapeutic hypnosis.” – from the back cover. The theoretical basis […]

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Hypnosis techniques and hypnotherapy resources

Welcome to, a collection of techniques and resources for hypnosis enthusiasts and students. Our aim is to provide helpful articles on the technical aspects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy – from theory and principles to treatment guidelines and suggestions. Content wanted! Submit your hypnosis articles and get a live link to your site. Submission guidelines […]

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