I’d propose to everybody a classification that I think can be very useful for understanding our discipline.
It means working using a principle, that even if not well defined by mainstream (not quantistic) science, in fact has positive effects even on animals and can even heal them. Its main effect are on the visceral nervous system. This principle find a parallel in the concepts of prana or chi of eastern disciplines. These techniques are sure argument of this forum.
2) Fascination and physical hypnotism
These are systems that create peculiar states in people, and are at the basis very physical. For exemple if a person stay in front of a mirror for some time he can experience changes in his mental state and even hallucinations, and this even without the use of suggestions and even without expectancy from the subject. The same can happen even with other physical systems, as hyperventilation etc… These techniques start normally working on the voluntary system, the subject feels from the begin that something is happening, and extend their effect on the involuntary system (change of hearth rate, etc…) These techniques can be argument of this forum
3) Suggestion, and we can have the sub fields of direct suggetion and indirect suggestion (ericksonian hypnosis). These techniques rely on expectancy and imagination to get results. Most of the times they need the subject understand what the operator says. These techniques are normally not argument of this forum. They can be touched for doing comparisons or questions.
These three fields are well defined, but in the actual practice it is true that they mix together a lot. For exemple a person could use suggestion to accelerate a reaction that could happen in any case. Fascination could mix with magnetism, and magnetic treatment could be preceded by conversations that create disponibility in the client. Also indirect suggestion can a lot of time be accompanied by a strong will by the side of the operator to get the result.