Emotional content work
Over the course of our lives we experience a lot of traumatic events. From tantrums as a toddler due to not getting what we want, to car accidents and slips and falls and anything that we weren't prepared for at the time that is beyond our ability to cope with.
These events leave their mark both physically and emotionally. Most of the work that we do at North East Body Mechanic is with the physical aspect of these traumas, or compensations resulting from these traumas. However, we also work with people who's emotional traumas 'leak' into the physical system. In this example any physical pain may be directly linked to an event which also caused emotional trauma, for example a bad car accident, or it may be that an old emotional trauma is holding back or even causing a physical pain from being successfully treated.
Common causes of emotional traumas include:
Road traffic accidents
Abuse, robbery, mugging
Being diagnosed with a life changing or threatening illness or disease
You can also add into the list a whole host of childhood experiences that imprinted themselves on us.
A lot of research over the past 40 years has established that emotional traumas need to be treated subconsciously to achieve the best results and that this approach is far more effective than trying to process something consciously as in traditional counselling. One of the most popular and researched of these subconscious methods is EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. When we experience a traumatic event sometimes this event gets 'stuck' in a certain part of our brain that leads to the trauma or the associated emotions being replayed again and again. This can lead to nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and leaves the person being stuck in a fight or flight response. Below you can see a simple flow chart explaining how the brain typically responds. However, in traumatic events the event often leads to a fight, flight, freeze or feint response rather than being able to process it and responses may become autonomic and bodily sensations can either become numbed or part of the traumatic event.
EMDR helps individuals reprocess their traumatic experiences by using bilateral stimulation of the brain (initiated with the eye movement) while thinking or concentrating on the event and the emotions that it triggers. This is in effect allows the person to finally move beyond the incident and 're-file' it as something that is no longer threatening and so it does not set off our stress responses.
Traditional EMDR requires a number of sessions in order for the person to resolve the event that they are working on which is markedly faster than other approaches but still not ideal as the individual has to remember this event again multiple times.
Enter the BLAST Technique. This approach is an accelerated version of EMDR which also draws on elements of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and uses specific verbal cues that have been proven to help aid the process. This process is carried out in a specific order and allows the individual to process an event in minutes rather than over a number of sessions, fully resolving the emotional content of a traumatic event or a layer of it if it is a complex memory. An additional benefit of the BLAST Technique is that it is possible to work 'content free'. This means that if the individual does not wish to fully disclose the incident that they wish to have resolved then this is also possible. However, in these cases the individual still needs to be able to talk about how it makes them feel and picture the events within themselves. It should be noted that working content whilst still very effective is often not as effective as work done with the event disclosed to the practitioner.
With the BLAST Technique we are able to help people with PTSD like symptoms, anxiety, depression, stress and many other conditions or disorders that have an emotional burden or content including addictions and chronic illnesses.
If you feel that you may be able to benefit from the BLAST Technique or would like to know more information then please get in contact with us.