Basic NLP Patterns

Kinesthetic Swish Pattern

Written by Lee Avery

Normally the Swish Pattern is based upon Visual Images of possible outcomes, the Kinesthetic Swish uses a similar technique to generate a move from negative to positive feelings.

  1. Identify Submodalities of Negative Feeling

    Have the client think of the negative feeling that is holding them back and that they wish to change. Get clear on the submodalities of the kinesthetic feeling e.g. temperature, pressure, feeling etc.

  2. Break State

    Break the client out of the emotional state. Use kinesthetics (movement) to break the state completely.
  3. Identify Positive State & Amplify

    Get the client into a productive and positive state and amplify the feeling; concentrate on the submodalities especially focus on key submodalities to increase the intensity throughout the body.
  4. Break State

  5. Recall & Relocate

    Have the client recall the negative feeling, location and submodalities and SLOWLY shift the location and submodalities to the positive feeling locations. As you shift from one to the other ensure that the submodalities morph across into the positive locations and intensities. Be aware that this is a slow process and may take several minutes to fully translate across.
  6. Break State & Repeat

    Break the final state and repeat the shifting process several times until it becomes easier and more fluid. After a number of repeats test for automatic migration of feeling from Negative to Positive, keep repeating until a natural morphing takes place when the client thinks of the negative feeling.

About the author

Lee Avery

Professional Therapist, Clinical Hypnosis & NLP Trainer with over 25 years of experience in training new professionals and treating clients. He specialises in Trauma related Psychological health issues. After years of running training classes Lee has decided to publish his training materials online to further the accessibility of NLP and Hypnosis. He is an advocate for Clinical Hypnosis Excellence and is constantly looking to improve the professional standing of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy within the medical community.

He also runs Achieving Greatness a software development company producing mobile apps for the mental health community.

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