Full Body Catalepsy

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(Optional addition to "Progressive Test Induction Based on Estabrooks")

You have the option of adding a powerful extra convincer to the Progressive Test Induction, following Visual Hallucinations. This option is Full Body Catalepsy. Before considering this option, determine whether the subject has knee, back or neck problems; if they have, do not attempt this test.

We did not include Full Body Catalepsy in the script for the Progressive Test Induction because it is safest to induce this state only with two people present to help with moving the body to the suspended position. It is especially important to be sure that the shoulders are well supported, to avoid possible injury to the neck. This dramatically convincing option is used more commonly in the training of Hypnotherapists than in providing therapy for clients.

To induce full body catalepsy, tell the subject to have their whole body become stiff and rigid. Once they are experiencing full body catalepsy, lean their body back so that their shoulders are solidly supported on the seat of a straight chair. In case the floor is slippery and the subject is wearing leather-soled shoes, an assistant needs to hold the subject's ankles to prevent sliding as you are leaning them back. Now raise the ankles and feet and slide a second chair under them. The subject's cataleptic body will then be suspended in mid-air, completely rigid. (Do not put a person or any weight on the subject; this could cause injury.)

To bring the subject back up, remove the chair from under their feet, and lower the feet. Steady the feet against sliding if necessary, and raise the body to standing position. Say, "Remaining in trance, just go ahead and relax." Push a chair gently against the backs of the subject's legs and tell them to sit back down.

If you are not sure as 'subject' whether to experience full body catalepsy, ask your Unconscious Mind what to do. There is no reason to experience this test unless you have the desire. I have had instances of students with minor back problems consulting their Unconscious Minds and deciding to go ahead with full body catalepsy. Some of them have seemed to experience a back improvement from the tightening of the muscles, and they discovered they could do something they didn't think they could do.

Elman Pre-Talk

Make a fist. Relax.

You know that if you wanted to, you could tighten your muscles and make a fist that was so strong that you couldn't make it any stronger or any more powerful. Isn't that true? So, if you wanted, and if you knew how, you could also make any group of muscles you wanted so absolutely, totally relaxed that unless you removed the relaxation, you could relax those muscles to the point where they wouldn't work. That is also true, isn't it?

Eyelids are the easiest to relax.

The easiest group of muscles in your entire body to relax are your eyelids. Now, you know that's true, don't you? Remember a time when you were tired, had a rough day, and you closed your eyes, and it just feels so good.

I'm going to close my eyes, and I am going to relax them so completely and so deeply that if I do not take that relaxation away, they won't work. Nothing that I can do or say or think will make them open. Now I can take away the relaxation and they will open instantly, but if the relaxation is there, they won't work.

Now I'm going to try to open my eyes. (Open eyes.) Now I tested myself to see that they did work, and I did the wrong thing, because I wanted to test them to be sure they do not work.

"This time I am going to keep them shut."

This time I am going to relax my eyelids to the point where they won't work. And I am going to hold on to the relaxation and then test them to make sure they do not work. I don't have to prove they will work, I can do that every day. I know that I can instantly remove the relaxation by the slightest thought, the slightest desire, so I am not going to do that this time. This time I'm going to allow them to stay totally relaxed, and I know that as long as I stay totally relaxed, and as long as I do not take that relaxation away, nothing I can do or say or think will cause them to open. Watch. See, they stay there like an old shoe. And I know it looks stupid with my eyebrows going up and down, but it feels great!

"You can do it too!"

Now, I can feel proud of myself, because I did it. I can take the relaxation away and I can open my eyes. You know, 5-year-old kids can do this; you can do this, too. Just see if you can do what I do. Close your eyes, and put your awareness on your eyelids. You're in charge, you're in control, and your muscles have to do what you tell them to do.

"They respond to what you tell them."

Not what I tell them to do... they respond to you, not me. Your eyelids respond to you because the suggestions are coming directly from you, and through your neurology. You direct your body to follow those suggestions totally and completely, and you will be successful.

Have the client do it.

So, go ahead, tell your body to relax your eyelid muscles totally and completely, so deeply and completely that unless you remove the relaxation, they just won't work. And when you know that you have accomplished this, then hold on to the relaxation and give them a good test, and notice that they stay shut; make sure they won't work, and notice how good that feels. Test them hard, really try.

(//client opens eyes:) Congratulations; now prove you can relax them so they won't work.


That was the hardest step. You did just great.

Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Elman Induction No.l

Take a long, deep breath and hold it for a few seconds. And as you exhale this breath, allow your eyes to close (Pass fingers), and let go of the surface tension in your body. Just let your body relax as much as possible, right now.

Now place your awareness on your eye muscles, and relax the muscles around your eyes to the point where they just won't work. When you're sure they're so relaxed that as long as you hold on to this relaxation they won't work, hold on to that relaxation and test them to make sure THEY WON'T WORK.

Now, this relaxation you have in your eyes is the same quality of relaxation that I want you to have throughout your whole body. So let this quality of relaxation flow through your whole body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.

Now we can deepen this relaxation much more. In a moment I'm going to have you open and close your eyes. When you close your eyes, that's your signal to let this feeling of relaxation become ten times deeper. All you have to do is want it to happen, and you can make it happen very easily. OK, now, open your eyes. Now close your eyes (Pass fingers) and feel that relaxation flowing through your entire body, taking you much deeper. Use your wonderful imagination and imagine your whole body is covered and wrapped in a warm blanket of relaxation. Now we can deepen that relaxation much more. In a moment, I'm going to have you open and close your eyes and double the relaxation you have now. Make it become twice as deep. Once more now, open your eyes. Close your eyes (Pass fingers) and double your relaxation... good. Let every muscle in your body become so relaxed that as long as you hold on to this quality of relaxation, every muscle of your body is totally relaxed.

In a moment, I'm going to have you open and close your eyes once more. Again, when you close your eyes, double the relaxation you now have. Make it twice as deep. Once more, open your eyes... close your eyes and double your relaxation... good. Let every muscle in your body become so relaxed that as long as you hold on to this quality of relaxation, every muscle of your body is totally relaxed.

In a moment I'm going to lift your hand by the wrist just a few inches, and drop it. If you have followed my instructions up to this point, that hand will be so relaxed it will be just as loose and limp as a wet dish cloth. It will simply plop down. Now, don't try to help me...you have to remove the realization and let me do all the lifting, so that when I release your hand, it just plops down and you'll allow yourself to go much deeper. Now the moment your hand plops down on your leg, it will send an even deeper relaxation through your whole body. Now, that's complete physical relaxation. I want you to know there are two ways a person can relax. You can relax physically and you can relax mentally You've already proved that you can relax physically. Now let me show you how to relax mentally.

In a moment, I'll ask you to begin slowly counting backwards out loud from 100. Now, here's the secret to mental relaxation. With each number you say, double your mental relaxation. With each number you say, let your mind become twice as relaxed. Now, if you do this, by the time you reach the number 98, or maybe even sooner, your mind will have become so relaxed, you will have actually relaxed all the rest of the numbers that would have come after 98, right out of your mind. And there just won't be any more numbers. Now, you have to do this; I can't do it for you. Those numbers will leave if you will them away. Now start with the idea that you will make that happen and you can easily dispel them from your mind. Want it to happen. Will it to happen. Make it happen.

Now, say the first number, 100, and double your mental relaxation. Deeper relaxed.

Now, double that mental relaxation and let those numbers already start to fade... 99. Deeper relaxed.

Double your mental relaxation. Start to make those numbers leave. They'll go if you will them away. Deeper relaxed. Now they'll be gone. Dispel them. Banish them. Make it happen, you can do it, I can't do it for you. Put them out. ARE THEY ALL GONE?

Insert suggestions.

Bring client out of trance.

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