It is possible to go into mini trances throughout the day at different times. Have a think about when you may go into a trance state. When you are engrossed in a really good book or film or when you are writing either a story or a business presentation. While playing sport – swimming, fishing, jogging. Going into trance really just means a focused state of attention. You can go into negative trances when you are angry, stressed or internalize with depression or positive trances maybe when you are a t concert or playing a musical instrument.
With guided imagery I will be inviting you to go into a deep state of relaxation, a trance state. Its roots are in hypnotherapy but please don’t compare my version to Derren Brown or Paul McKenna who although are brilliant at what they do, are a different type of hypnotherapy than the one I practice.
I will invite you to relax and close your eyes and then you will visit a special place in your imagination. This can be anywhere you love to go and often clients choose somewhere in nature like a beach or a walk down a woodland path. You can float about on a purple cloud if you want. I will count from 1 – 20 and with each breath out you will become more relaxed and more comfortable.
The more you relax the more the subconscious will rise and the conscious will fall. It is at a subconscious level where we do the work to change any negative feelings or behaviours. The trance will be tapping into the same message patterns you experience when you dream.
During guided imagery you are in complete control. At any point you can open your eyes. Clients report an enjoyable experience where for a short period of time they are able to fully relax and have some time just for them to be calm and to exercise the mind safely and with great benefits to good mental health. We all try to look after our bodies the best we can. We should offer the same consideration to our minds.