In hypnosis, metaphors are often used. A well-known metaphor is the elevator, and often an image similar to that of the stairs is used. The elevator is always used when the patient is to be transported back to a certain place or time in his life. Especially when the exact spatiotemporal coordinates are no longer known, the metaphor of the elevator is useful. The client gets on the elevator and his subconscious knows the way and where to get off. This can facilitate access to this memory. Whether the stairs or the elevator is used depends on the client. In the case of the stairs, the client is allowed a certain amount of personal involvement, since he has to climb the stairs himself. In the elevator, he is led to the place in question without his intervention.