The Itchy Trance: How to Create Itchiness Using Conversational Hypnosis

Filed under: Hypnosis Training

The Itchy Trance

Ever felt an itch just because someone mentioned it?

Creating physical sensations like itchiness using only words isn’t just a party trick; it’s a fascinating technique rooted in conversational hypnosis. In this blog post and accompanying video, we’re going to talk about how you can use hypnotic language patterns to make someone feel itchy and how these tricks can lead to awesome results in hypnotherapy.

Conversational hypnosis is an amazing way to create different physical sensations in people using just your words. One of the easiest and most fun sensations to induce is itchiness. By cleverly directing someone’s attention and using suggestive language, you can make them feel an itch on their skin. And don’t worry, these routines are totally harmless if you keep the subject’s ecology in mind. Let’s jump in and see how you can make this work and how it can be super useful in therapy.

What is Conversational Hypnosis?

So, what’s conversational hypnosis all about? It’s a type of hypnosis that uses regular conversation and everyday language to influence the unconscious mind. Unlike traditional hypnosis, which often involves a formal induction process, conversational hypnosis is sneaky and can blend right into normal dialogue. The trick is in the hypnotist’s ability to use specific language patterns and suggestions that slip past the conscious mind and hit the unconscious directly.

This method is super effective because it lets the hypnotist talk to the person’s unconscious mind without them even realizing what’s happening. Because of this, conversational hypnosis can make big changes in thoughts, behaviors, and even physical sensations.

The Power of Suggestion: Creating Physical Sensations

The human mind is incredible at making the body feel things through suggestion. Think about how your mouth waters when you imagine biting into a sour lemon or how your heart races when you picture a spooky scene. With conversational hypnosis, we can use the power of suggestion to create specific physical sensations in someone.

One of the simplest sensations to create is itchiness. Here’s the lowdown on how to do it:

  1. Directing Attention and Implying Itchiness

    • Start by subtly making the person aware of their skin and give them a reason to expect an itch. For example, say something like, “You might start to notice the feeling of the air on your skin, almost like when you’ve been out in the sun and feel that slight tingle as sweat dries.” This sets the stage for the sensation of itchiness without directly mentioning it.

  2. Direct Suggestion

    • Finally, move to directly suggesting the itchiness. Use vivid and descriptive language like, “You might notice a slight itch starting to form, maybe on your arm or your neck. As you focus on it, it might become more noticeable, like a gentle tickle that you just can’t help but want to scratch.” By guiding their attention and using specific suggestions, you can effectively create the sensation of itchiness.

Mike often used this technique to kick off his stage shows. He would start by engaging volunteers up on the stage, subtly drawing their attention to their skin. Then, he’d weave in phrases like, “Have you ever noticed how sometimes just thinking about an itch can make you feel one?” This would get people thinking about their own skin and the potential for an itch. 

Then, he’d move to a more direct suggestion, saying something like, “I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you are starting to feel a little itch right now, maybe on your arm or neck.” This combination of indirect and direct suggestions would often lead to visible signs of people scratching, creating a fun and interactive start to his shows.

And since stage hypnosis is intended to be entertaining for the audience, Mike would often say something that gets a laugh like, “And some itches can be deeply personal.” LOL!

Mastering these hypnotic language patterns can open up a whole new world of possibilities for creating physical sensations and achieving amazing therapeutic outcomes. So, get ready to dive in and have some fun with conversational hypnosis!

Transforming Sensations: From Itchiness to Everything Else

Test Drive Our Training

World Class Training. Test Drive with No Credit Card

The Concept of Heteroaction

Let's talk about heteroaction. This fascinating concept in hypnosis means that one suggestion can naturally lead to another, creating a chain of experiences. By using this, you can transform a simple itch into a completely different sensation, like feeling cold or warm. This technique opens the way for a huge variety of more entertaining and engaging routines.

Once you've got someone feeling that itch, you can guide their mind to turn it into a sensation of cold or heat. Here’s how:

  1. Linking Itchiness to Temperature
    • Start by connecting the itch to a temperature change. For example, say, “As you feel that itch, imagine it changing. Picture a cool breeze blowing over your skin, turning that itch into a refreshing, cool feeling, almost like standing in front of an open freezer on a hot day.”
  2. Intensifying the Temperature Sensation
    • Make the sensation more vivid and extreme. For coolness, you might say, “Feel that coolness spreading, like a blast of icy air, making your skin feel tingly and almost shivering cold.” For warmth, try, “Imagine the warmth of the sun intensifying, heating your skin like you’re standing too close to a roaring bonfire, making you almost want to fan yourself.”
  3. Adding a Fun Twist
    • For extra entertainment, exaggerate the sensations. For example, “That cool feeling is turning into a frosty chill, like you're stepping into an ice bath. You might even start to shiver!” Or, for warmth, “The heat is building, almost like you’re in a sauna. You can feel the sweat starting to form, and it’s getting really toasty!”
  4. Transition to Other Routines
    • With these intense sensations, you can smoothly transition to other entertaining routines. For a frosty chill, guide them to imagine they are in a snowstorm, bundled up and shivering. For the heat, have them fan themselves and imagine they are on a sweltering beach, trying to cool down.

Practical Applications in Therapy

These hypnotic language patterns aren’t just for entertainment—they can also be powerful tools in therapy. Creating and transforming physical sensations can help clients in several ways:

  1. Pain Management
    • One effective technique for pain management is known as glove anesthesia. This involves guiding the client to imagine a numb, anesthetic sensation being transferred from their hand (the "glove") to other parts of their body. This is an extremely effective way to help clients manage chronic pain and acute pain.
  2. Anxiety Reduction
    • Hypnotic language patterns can also be incredibly effective for reducing anxiety. Using metaphors that guide the subject into states of comfort and relaxation can create a profound sense of calm. For example, you might say, “Picture yourself in a serene garden, the gentle breeze on your skin and the soothing sounds of nature around you. Each breath you take brings in more calm, and with every exhale, you release any tension or worry.” These calming images and sensations can help shift the client’s focus from anxiety to a state of relaxation, significantly reducing their stress levels.
  3. Behavioral Changes
    • Hypnosis is also a powerful tool for facilitating behavioral changes. One technique is anchoring, where a specific touch, word, or gesture is associated with a positive state or behavior. For instance, you might guide a client to recall a moment of confidence and calm, and then anchor that feeling by having them press their thumb and ring finger together. You could say, “Remember a time when you felt completely confident and in control. As you bring that memory to mind, press your thumb and ring finger together, linking that powerful feeling to this simple gesture.” This way, whenever the client needs to access that state of confidence, they can fire that anchor to instantly bring back those positive feelings, helping them change unwanted behaviors or responses.

Hypnotic language patterns are incredibly powerful tools for creating and transforming physical sensations, leading to both fun and therapeutic outcomes. By practicing these techniques, you can help others and achieve amazing results.

What’s Next?

Ready to dive deeper into the world of conversational hypnosis? Explore the power of these techniques further with our free hypnosis training bundle. You'll also get a free deck of hypnotic language cards (just pay for shipping).

Unlock the full potential of conversational hypnosis and discover new possibilities. Click the link below to sign up and start your journey today! 

World Class Video Training and Certification

Learn Hypnosis Online

"I absolutely love the online course. It completely changed my life and consulting career. The information is the best I've ever seen. You guys are incredible at what you do. I love the course so much."

Jason Cyrus

Connecticut, USA

World Class Video Training and Certification

Learn Hypnosis Online

"I absolutely love the online course. It completely changed my life and consulting career. The information is the best I've ever seen. You guys are incredible at what you do. I love the course so much."

Jason Cyrus

Connecticut, USA