The hypnotist can induce you into a state of trance or hypnosis by using different methods. For these methods to work, they all share specific common prerequisites.
The subject individual must have full consent and desire to be hypnotized.
The individual must believe that he or she can fall under the spell of hypnosis.
He or she must feel entirely free and comfortable to relax the mind for it to be easily controlled.
When these basic ground rules of hypnotism are met, the hypnotist can lure and guide the mind of the subject through various methods of hypnosis as listed below.
Fixed gaze induction or eye fixation
This ancient and outdated technique of hypnosis is quite commonly known, as it involves the hypnotist whipping out an old pocket watch in front of the subject and talking to him. The basic principle behind this technique is to lure the attention of the individual solely onto the object in front of him, in doing so blocking out all other stimuli in the environment. After the individual begins to get concentrate, the hypnotist guides the individual using a low tone, teaching the subject into relaxation. This method was famous initially but got outdated as it did not work on everyone alike.
The foundation of this interesting technique is to load or fill the mind of the subject with sudden, firm commands which should be done convincingly by the hypnotist. When the commands are forceful, and the hypnotist is convincing, the subject will surrender his or her conscious control over succumb to the situation and commands indicated. Stage hypnotists primarily use this technique of hypnosis. Stage hypnotists can lure their audience to the edge of their seats making them susceptible to the commands.
Progressive relaxation and imagery
This particular method of hypnosis is favored and widely used by psychiatrists. Psychiatrists induce this technique to the subject by talking to him or her in a slow and soothing tone. In doing so, the subject will fall into a complete state of relaxation and focus transitioning the subject into full hypnosis. Progressive relaxation method is also used in regular self-hypnosis training sessions as well as meditation and relaxation audio tapes.
Loss of balance
This is a very primitive method of hypnosis often used and seen by parents when they want to put their babies to sleep. Rhythmic and consistent slow rocking creates a loss of equilibrium and gives rise to an extreme state of relaxation vulnerable to hypnosis.