Guest written by Rain Andersen (@wearenotfriends_) a veteran sworker with eight years in adult entertainment and three years working for Lovers.
1) What is Hypnosis?
2) How Does Hypnosis Work?
3) Erotic Hypnosis vs Therapeutic Sexual Hypnosis
4) 5 Reasons to Try Erotic Hypnosis
5) 5 Reasons to Try Sexual Hypnosis
6) 3 Steps for a Successful Hypnotic Orgasm
What was once considered a pseudoscience has now gained quiet notoriety. Hypnosis, while plagued by Hollywood's depiction of it, has become a useful tool for combating undesirable behaviors. In this article, we are looking at the different ways hypnosis can treat sexual dysfunction and enhance pleasure using the most popular techniques in the industry.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a technique used to addressing problematic behaviors and emotional responses. Hypnosis can be used to redirect our attention using a two-step process called “induction” and “suggestion.” With the proper guide, hypnosis can provide a more structured and intentional approach to overcoming behavioral challenges.
Hypnosis is often compared to mindfulness and meditation, as it requires subjects to enter a state of heightened suggestibility. This is reflected in behavioral changes to our nervous system, cognitive functioning, and peripheral awareness. By reducing sensory processing and regulating our emotions, we can use hypnosis to establish better discipline in our behavioral and emotional responses.
Think of erotic hypnosis as maximizing your brain power.
Hypnosis helps us to trick our brain into recognizing negative behaviors and creating patterns for positive behaviors.
There are two competing theories on how hypnosis works. The first theory, Altered State, is the idea that we can better cognitively disassociate in a hypnotic state. Often compared to the level of consciousness we experience when dreaming, being engrossed in a book, or watching a thrilling movie - our awareness level shifts from our ordinary stream of consciousness. The second theory, Non-State, suggests that hypnosis is a placebo treatment, designed to usher individuals into suggestible behavior through their faith in hypnosis.
What is the Difference between Erotic Hypnosis and Therapeutic Sexual Hypnosis?
Erotic hypnosis uses hypnosis to activate emotional responses in the brain that can improve sexual functioning, enhance pleasure, and reduce pain. Therapeutic sexual hypnosis uses hypnosis to address and treat sexual trauma, shame, and dysfunctions. Therapeutic sexual hypnosis is often used in partnership with other Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatments.
5 Reasons to Try Therapeutic Sexual Hypnosis:
+ Treat sexual trauma
+ Neutralize sexual shame
+ Overcome sexual dysfunctions
+ Enhance libido
+ Reduce physical pain
Establish Your Goal: When experimenting with hypnosis, it can be helpful to determine what your goals are. Different methods of hypnosis are used to address different concerns. The most successful use of hypnotherapy combines CBT with hypnotic suggestion in extended sessions with a licensed practitioner. The following questions can help you to have a more successful hypnotic orgasm, by confronting potential concerns before they arise:
- What is your Safe Word?
- What are your Triggers?
- What are your Goals?
- What are your Boundaries?
Choose Your Induction Method: The induction process helps the individual being hypnotized enter a relaxed cognitive state. The induction can last for a few seconds (rapid induction) and as long as an hour depending on your goals and level of suggestibility.
Two-thirds of adults are capable of being hypnotized.
This statistic comes from Dr. David Spiegel’s 2017 study Brain Activity and Functional Connectivity Associated with Hypnosis. The study suggests that hypnotism can be more effective with individuals who display certain personality traits. Below are some of the most common induction methods used:
- Rapid Induction: Distracting the subject, and using this window of distraction to induce a hypnotic “sleep.” This method is referred to as tonic immobility, which relies on startling individuals into the preferred behavior.
- Pace and Lead: Matching your pace to the individual being hypnotized and leading them to the preferred behavior.
- Physical Posture: Placing the individual being hypnotized in a familiar and relaxing position to reduce inhibitions.
- Stealth: Using monotonous or dull discussion to induce a hypnotic state, similar to entering a daydream.
- Visualization: Using guided visualization to remove the subject from their current setting, through detailed descriptions and storytelling.
- Sensory Overload: Overloading the senses with different forms of stimulation to access the subconscious.
- Eye Fixation: Instructing the subject to stare at a specific object or body part, to enhance focus. This method relies on the eyes become heavier as they focus.
- Mirroring: Using involuntary muscle commands to induce a hypnotic state, through mirrored imagery and behavior.
Reintroduce Your Goal: Once induction has been established, we can enter the second phase of hypnosis: suggestion. Suggestion is the process of creating imagined scenarios, hypotheticals, and circumstances that are personalized to the individual being hypnotized. The goal of Suggestion is to introduce stories that help to guide the subject to desired behavioral responses. For example, if your goal is to experience more intense orgasms, then the suggestion phase should be tailored to describe the experience of a powerful orgasm. If your goal is to counteract penetrative pain, this phase of hypnosis might focus on what other sensations the subject experiences during penetration, highlighting positive sensations and reframing negative ones.
Check In: Erotic hypnosis (and therapeutic sexual hypnosis) can trigger powerful emotional responses. Always check in on your partner to see what the opportunities are for improving. Remember that hypnosis can provide significant mental health benefits, but is not a replacement to traditional medical treatments. A licensed hypnotist will offer the most experience and insight for how you can achieve your goals. Look for accredited hypnotists that specialize in CBT or psychotherapy to get the most out of these treatments.