As every story requires an introduction before the denouement, or sex requires foreplay before the climax, hypnosis indications are techniques utilized by hypnotherapists prior to the “trance” stage of hypnosis itself. These techniques are imperative in the process of hypnosis as such requires attention in order to determine the best method suitable for different personalities under hypnosis.

The most common, and sometimes the father of all hypnosis inductions is the Eye-Fixation technique. It is when the hypnotherapist uses an object as a means of focusing one's attention. It can be any object with a striking color or image, held about about eighteen inches from the eyes, at a position above the forehead (10 or 11 o'clock position) in order for the eyes and eyelids to strain, and the subject to steadily stare at the object. This technique is very common and is even often seen in movies.

Relaxation technique is another method of induction. This is when the subject is asked to close their eyes and follow a guiding voice (the voice of the hypnotherapist that is). This method requires skill in both parties, as this involves the imagination. This is best to use for subjects who are auditory rather than visual. Auditory individuals appreciate hearing words and have well-developed vocabularies. They have finely tuned ears and can easily process information they hear. They can easily picture what they hear and stay focused, leading them to the trance stage.

Hypnosis indications come in many different forms, approaches and methodologies. These techniques are practiced and applied depending on the type of personality in order to achieve the desired results for those who undergo the process. The two most common functions such as Eye fixation and relaxation are the basic ones being practiced for over centuries. Unknowingly, many have already been using and applying this technique in day to day living. For instance, when tension and stress are building to a point of being unbearable, the best way to stay calm is to breathe, close the eyes and think of a beautiful image by using the power of imagination. This helps relax the mind and body.

Inductions are integral elements of hypnosis. The basic eye fixation and relaxation methods are often used for subjects or patients with high stress levels, low attention span levels and low focus levels.

There are other techniques of employment such as mental confusion, mental misdirection and loss of equilibrium, shock to the nervous system, hand levitation, pantomime, indirect inductions, triple response inductions and many others. For a better understanding of these, it is best to consult a professional hypnotherapist to ensure these techniques will be explained thoroughly and applied properly. These induction techniques complete the process of hypnotherapy.

While these methods vary, what is the best induction method then? The best method is one that both the subject and the hypnotherapist feel is the best method to use. Just as choosing what to eat from the main course of a buffet, one can not have the lobster if the body is allergic, and just chooses an alternative as delicious as the lobster instead.