Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Our bodies and minds are often master healers of themselves and much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilizing this natural process to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This structured therapy has since been proven effective at treating Depression, Anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
During EMDR the patient focuses briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation through eye movement, binaural sounds or rhythmic self touch. The bilateral stimulation will last for a short while and then stop. The patient is then asked to report back on the experiences during each of these sets of stimulation. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.
With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.
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Bilateral stimulation through rhythmic self touch in a "butterfly hug" position that involves either tapping your biceps or chest