Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
EMDR is a form of treatment in which the lasting impact of traumatic experiences is reduced or even eliminated by using the effects of the same rapid eye movements that occur during dreams.
After a traumatic event, most people dream repeatedly about it until memories of the event are no longer troublesome. When a trauma is not successfully processed by the nervous system or is too overwhelming for the nervous system, it may remain stuck both in the mind and the tissues of the body and continue to affect feelings, behaviours, and physical processes many years later.
How is EMDR Performed?
EMDR helps patients overcome the effects of trauma by having them move their eyes back and forth while they remember a scene or feeling associated with the past trauma. Typically these eye movements trigger associations to other aspects of the trauma and old, trapped emotions are able to be expressed. Moving the energy of the emotions allows the patient to find freedom from the emotional and physical effects of the past. Memories of the trauma remain intact but are no longer painful. Sessions are typically one to two hours in length, and many traumatic events can be resolved within 3-6 sessions. More complicated cases may take longer and may be integrated into more traditional forms of psychotherapy. EMDR may also be integrated into a course of manual therapy such as Myofascial Therapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy or Cellular Expansion.
EMDR has been well-researched in the psychiatric field and has been shown to be the best-documented treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It has been shown to be very effective in alleviating the suffering associated with Depression, Anxiety Disorders Substance Abuse, Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue. EMDR has been used for performance enhancement in athletes, artists and business people whose performance was limited by fears of failure. It is a short-term, focused treatment that can be integrated into Psychotherapy and many other treatment paradigms. EMDR has been integrated into my Soul-Tapping protocol.
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