Self-Hypnosis Techniques - Staircase Technique

the staircase technique is a common technique used as a visual metaphor for taking a subject deeper down into relaxation. Here's a simple example.

Ask a subject to imagine a staircase where they will be going down to the basement of relaxation. A place where they'll be more deeply relaxed than they've ever been in their lives. And that with each step down, they'll triple their level of relaxation. This visualization technique is frequently used as a deepener in scripts. The metaphor "going down," which is used in most hypnosis scripts, represents the idea of going down into a deeper state of mind. Direct suggestions of doubling or tripling relaxation with each step down is also a common technique.

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