Ever wondered what happens during a trance? Is trance a mysterious spell cast over somebody? Do people really lose control over their minds when they’re in a hypnotic trance? Well, this trance hypnosis post will answer your burning questions about this topic.

Hypnotic Trance Hypnosis

There’s a lot of curiosity and intrigue surrounding hypnotic trance. But the truth is much simpler— trance is a state of deep relaxation when someone is highly responsive to suggestions during hypnosis. While the depth of the trance varies, the bottom line is you’re in a comfortably relaxed state.

Hypnotists induce a state of trance so they can help instill positive and powerful changes into your subconscious mind. That’s why hypnosis has been used for a lot of physical and psychological concerns, such as weight loss, anxiety, depression, IBS, and insomnia, among other things.

Now, what happens to your brain when you enter a trance? 

In 2016 study by the Stanford School of Medicine, researchers found  three (3) significant changes in the brain during hypnotic trances:

  • Lower activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate makes them feel relaxed
  • Increase connections between the insula and the prefrontal cortex. This is a brain-body link that aids the brain in processing and managing what is happening in the body
  • Less connection between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the default mode network (medial prefrontal and the posterior cingulate cortex), which makes the person less aware of their actions


Trance Hypnosis Signs

If you’re not sure if somebody is really in a trance, here are some signs to look for:

  • Changes in breathing pattern

Typically, breathing slows down when you’re relaxed. But sometimes, breathing may be a bit faster when someone’s relaxing. So, notice if the breathing pattern changes from their usual pace. Check the rise and fall of the chest or shoulders.

  • Swallowing frequency

When someone first goes into trance, he or she tends to swallow more often. After several minutes though, it slows down.

  • Smoother facial features

 Your facial muscles become more relaxed in a trance, and your face may even look more symmetrical.

  • Different skin tone

 During a trance, your blood has a fluid flow or circulation, so you may have more color or even a darker skin tone.

Trance Hypnosis: What You Need to Know About Getting into Deeper Relaxation

Did you know that there are various depths of trance? It ranges from light trance to coma, and depends on the person being hypnotized, not the hypnotherapist.

Let’s talk about it more.

Light trance

At this depth, you experience deep relaxation with focused attention. Your breathing is regular and steady. This is great for meditation, memory work, or even daydreaming.

Apparent somnambulism

In this state, the person hypnotized has less pain perception.

True somnambulism

Also known as the highly suggestible state, this is a good time for hypnotists to offer suggestions to the subconscious mind since the mind is very relaxed.

Coma or Esdaile state

When you’re in this state, you experience total bliss and don’t care about anything. Though probably only a few people may reach this state,  hypnotic suggestions are much more effective at this point.


Let Trance Hypnosis Change Your Life

If you’re struggling with a toxic habit or are just ready to live a better life, consider booking a hypnotherapy session at Hemisphere Hypnotherapy. 

Plus, we have state-of-the-art wellness technology at EveryBody in Mind Wellness Center to support your wellness journey such as Somadome meditation pod, Ajna light meditation,  Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, and Crystal bed therapy