Deepening a Trance

Posted: March 11, 2010 in Mentalism

Deepening a trance is probably one of the most important stages in hypnotising someone. If you do not deepen the trance then any suggestions you give them will be very unlikely to work. I’ll save hypnotic suggestions/techniques for another article and talk mainly about deepeners today.

Deepening a trance is surprisingly very easy to do, and their are a number of different ways in which it can be done. Everything below is something which is done after an hypnotic induction, and is done when someone is already in a light state of trance.


The counting technique is probably one of the best known technique and its very simple too. You simply count down from 10-1 with some embedded hypnotic commands as you do so. Below is a script that I’ve written and one that you can use, although you may wish to change it slightly to make it suit you.

I’m going to count backwards from 10 to 1, and with every number I say you’re going to feel more and more relaxed, you’re going to feel better than you’ve ever felt before. 10, 9, 8, 7, beginning to go deep down into relaxation, focus on your breathing, notice how the more relaxed you become the slower your breathing grows, 6,5,4,3 moving deeper and deeper, lower and lower down into that state of relaxation, you’re doing well, you’re feeling relaxed and feeling better than you’ve ever felt before, 2,1, you’re now in a profound state of relaxation, although aware of everything going on around you, I want you to focus only on my voice, notice how slow your breathing is.. (this is when you’ll begin to introduce some suggestion)

Notice I used the words “deeper, down, lower and relaxation” several times, using these words in repetition helps to bring the hypnotic trance into a deeper state.


This one is much like the counting step above, however this time you ask your subject to imagine themselves standing at the top of a stairwell with 10 steps, again, what I’ve written below should be used as a guide.

I now want you to imagine yourself standing at the top of a stairway, I will count from 10 down to 1, and when I reach 1 you will be at the bottom and in a deep, relaxed state, feeling better than you’ve felt in a long time.

10 – Step onto the stairway and go much deeper
9 – Relaxing more and more with each number
8 – Allowing yourself to go deeper and deeper with each number
7 – Each number I say and each breath you take helps you to relax more and more
6 – Deeper and Deeper onto relaxation
4 – Feeling relaxed in every part of your body, from your head to your toes
2 – Allowing your body to feel completely relaxed, feeling better than you’ve ever felt before
1 – Feeling in a profound state of relaxation, feeling better than you’ve ever felt, you’re doing great

Those are my two favourite deepening techniques and ones that work very well. So now you know how to deepening a trance, how do you get someone into that trance state to begin with? I’ll explain more about this in my next article on hypnosis.h

  1. Jacob says:

    Thank you I’ve been trying to get my patients to do something ,but now this page has helped me.

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