And go deeper she did. This girl dropped like a rock; I could see it in her body language. And when I picked up her wrist for an arm drop deepener, it was already completely limp. I gave her some suggestions to help her mind and body relax (since that was what she had wanted), a reinduction trigger, and woke her up. I was positively brimming with glee. She smiled at me and said to our other friend in the room, "That feels awesome, you've got to try it. I just feel all calm and euphoric." (I'll say that I did not hypnotize him -- I was still nervous and knew for a fact he was very skeptical / analytical.)
But wow! What a rush. I couldn't believe I had so much success. Since that night I've hypnotized her a few times after that, and those experiences were similarly fantastic. I've gotten her to achieve eye and arm catalepsy without the slightest trouble -- and taking a very short time for me to suggest it. Also, drawing back on what I had mentioned earlier, I've observed that she takes waking suggestions pretty darn well, which I think is very cool. I feel like I've finally started to get over that block I had about putting others under, and I've finally gained some confidence. Just wanted to share, especially with those who are nervous about either hypnotizing someone for the first time or trying out a new technique.