The Ericksonian Hand Levitation Induction is said to have been developed by the hypnotist Milton Erickson.
The Erickson hand levitation induction, or the arm raise induction, is a pace and lead induction. A levitation induction works because when you extend your hand, it will naturally rise and fall slightly. The hypnotist reinforces every upward movement by mentioning it positively, then suggests that the movements will continue, and the hand will continue rising. A levitation induction links the upward movements to becoming hypnotized... as the hand goes higher the hypnosis gets deeper.
There are variants to the Erickson Levitation hypnotic induction. The hypnotist can choose to let the hand fall, or suggest it continues to rise until the hand touches the face, or even leave the levitated arm suspended in the air. It is an easy way to hypnotize anyone.
|Just settle yourself comfortably in that chair.... and when you are comfortable... I would like you to lay your arms along the arms of the chair...||I||Seeding comfort, relaxation|
|and then choose one arm.... and just raise it up slightly so that you hand is hovering about an inch above the chair arm.... that's right... raise the whole arm so that your elbow is also about an inch off the chair....||set the arm so that it is floating above the chair arm|
|now just look at your hand... focus on that hand..... notice that the hand is moving very slightly.... very slightly upward.... that's right it's moving upwards...||I||Dissociation|
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|The rest of this script is in the Inductions Script Collection|
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|and with each breath out... you feel yourself going deeper and deeper.... more relaxed... more comfortable... more at ease...||>|
|It's as if you have a voice in your head saying... with each breath out... 'Deeper and Deeper'... 'More at ease'... 'Deeper and Deeper'... 'More at ease'...||D|
|And each gentle breath is making you more relaxed... letting go.... nothing to do.... and just take a few moments to enjoy that wonderful feeling of relaxation... as every part of your body relaxes deeply... deeply deeply relaxed ... now.||D||look for eyelid trembling, or test for eye catalepsy|
|[Carry on with the therapy]|