Section 1: Pros
- International Business: You have the potential to connect with and hypnotize anyone in the world with an internet connection. I started doing virtual hypnosis about 5 years ago as I branched out to figure out how I could make more money from home. It was long before I was getting a few clients a year. Now, on average, I conduct approximately one virtual hypnosis session per month on the low end. I’ve had the opportunity to meet, speak with and learn the ideology/cultures of various types of people throughout the world thanks to virtual hypnosis.
- Similar Procedures: Virtual Hypnosis requires the same steps as comedy stage hypnosis or street hypnosis. Therefore, there’s little you have to change except for routines in which you’d typically give your volunteer(s) an object to use for an upcoming routine. Pre talk, inductions, routines and ending the show is all relatively similar considering hypnosis is primarily you, the Hypnotist, using your words to help people relax, enjoy the power of their minds and then leave them feeling refreshed once the hypnosis is over.
- Visual tells: Virtual Hypnosis provides an immediate visual indicator as to whether or not the person you’re working with is properly experiencing hypnosis, needs help experiencing it or requires immediate care. The best case scenario is watching someone’s body begin to relax, their head droops, their shoulders curve in and they look like they’re passing out, bored as hell by what you’re saying. While this is the typical reaction I get, I’m fortunate enough to have 1000’s of followers online who are used to and conditioned by my approach to hypnosis. I have, of course, encountered certain individuals who appeared physically uptight. As if relaxing when I told them to would be a direct violation of the perfect posture law and they’d get life in prison. It’s these individuals that you need to help guide through the experience with a bit of detailed step-by-step. For example, many people I’ve hypnotized think they’re relaxed when they’re still sitting in a chair tense. If they weren’t tense, their head would be flopped in front of them, backwards or over either shoulder. There have been plenty of times I’ve had to walk people through full body relaxation to help them truly fully physically and mentally relax. Lastly, if someone begins to have an abreaction, it’ll be clear within the video feed during your virtual hypnosis session. This enables you to stop everything else your doing and focus on bringing the person back into a calm, collected and emotionally stable state.
- Creative Challenges: Thanks to the power of virtual hypnosis, I’ve encountered certain clients who have paid for/scheduled multiple sessions with me. One of them booked a session with me on a bi-weekly schedule. Every other week, we’d get on a virtual call & quickly catch up before I relaxed and entertained them. I performed various types of amnesia, feeling stuck, positive and negative hallucinations and more. There came a point where I felt like I was running out of ideas. Nevertheless, they paid for more sessions & I took it as an opportunity to challenge my creative side. I chose to develop an intricate routine that wasn’t laughter-inducing but cause the person to question their reality and existence. This specific session was the prime inspiration behind my eventual YouTube episode where individuals seemingly lose their identity. In the same way the first high school to ever rebook me for their annual after prom event challenged me to create what’s now known as my New-Age Hypnosis Show, you may encounter someone who challenges you to get creative by continually booking sessions with you.
Section 2: Cons
- Language Barriers: I’ve encountered people wanting to pay for/schedule sessions with me that, as per the text-based messages I was reading, clearly didn’t speak very fluent English. When it comes down to it, simply make sure they can at least at least understand you. At the end of the day, you can easily do a 15..30…45…even 60 minute virtual hypnosis session with someone without them having to say much. What’s important is that they understand everything you’re saying. This helps ensure safety precautions won’t be misunderstood/overlooked, your inductions will be effective, the routines you’re planning will work and that they can be easily guided by you through their experience. If necessary, get a translator if they really want to work with you but don’t understand everything you’re saying. While I’ve not encountered this yet virtually, I have in the real world. A friend of mine said her mother wanted me to hypnotize her in the park but didn’t really understand English. I talked through my script, waiting between every few lines as the daughter translated things for her mother. I won’t lie, this can easily make your session twice as long with all the waiting then proceeding. I only did it that one time (as far as I can remember) because it was for a friend’s mother. Otherwise, I’d suggest you either redirect the person to someone you know who does hypnosis in their native tongue or encourage them to do their own research in finding such a Hypnotist. I often go the referral route with Hypnotherapy since I stopped actively practicing it years ago. While I’ll still do sessions for stress or anxiety (since I grew up with and now better understand both), I’ll typically refer anyone looking for any other type of hypnotherapy to one of my colleagues.
- Safety: Ensuring people’s safety should always one of your top priorities. Speak in a clear & detailed manner to help ensure the people’s safety during a virtual hypnosis session. After having conducted a slew of virtual hypnosis sessions, I can tell you not everyone has arm chairs. While this may seem like a meaningless detail, keep in mind this example is perfect for safety. Reason being that should the person you’re hypnotizing fall out of their chair and smack their head on a hard floor, you could potentially be at fault for that. Since you can’t catch floppers over the internet, make sure to include something like an invisible seatbelt suggestion for those sitting in armless chairs. Better yet, if possible and appropriate, encourage the person to sit or lay down on a live seat, couch or bed.
- Lack of Touch: While a Hypnotist will typically use touch to help emphasize certain ideas, you’ll simply have to use more of your words instead. Instead of tapping someone’s head to encourage them to let their head fully drop down during an induction, request they allow themselves to fully give into the relaxing moment and enable their chin to draw closer to their chest. Instead of lightly scratching someone’s shoulder with your finger tips and saying they’re covered in spiders, describe how the spiders feel crawling all over their body, covering every inch of their skin. Break down the experiences with your words (get a thesaurus if necessary).
Section 3: Conclusion
If you have an internet connection, you can easily connect with and entertain and/or help family, friends, colleagues and more.
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