OTHER TECHNIQUES 

“Imagine you are floating

in an ocean of serenity, an ocean of possibilities...

True healing begins

when you acknowledge the pain and listen to it.

Each of us is the ultimate healer of his/her own condition,

no matter what the cause.

 

Dawn Markova.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER TECHNIQUES?

Depending on each individual’s needs, other techniques will be used:
 

  • NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

  • PHM (Process Healing Method)

  • Creative visualisation

  • Writing
     

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

In the early 1970’s, Richard Bandler, a student in mathematics, and Dr John Grinder, a linguistics professor, decided to model the therapy skills of extraordinary therapists such as Fritz Perls, the psychiatrist who developed Gestalt therapy; Virginia Satir, the psychotherapist regarded as the 'mother of family therapy'; and Milton Erickson, the psychiatrist who is most well known for mastering medical hypnosis.

In light of their immediate results, Grinder and Bandler formalised their powerful modelling techniques and their own individual contributions under the name of “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” (NLP).

  •  Neuro refers to the nervous system/mind and covers the simple concept that all our behaviours are generated  by the way we process information through our senses, constantly filtering and editing the outside world.

  • Linguistic refers to language and indicates the verbal and non-verbal communication systems we use to organise our thoughts, actions and behaviours.

  • Programming refers to the programs we choose to run in our neurological system.
     

To put it simply, NLP helps us understand how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do, and provides us with very effective tools to re-organise and remodel the language of our mind to produce the results we want.

Thanks to NLP, we can change our physiology and our neurology to achieve the mind-body states we desire.

“If we take control of our own communication with ourselves and produce visual, auditory and kinaesthetic signals of what we do want, outstanding positive results can be consistently produced, even in situations where the odds for success seem limited or nonexistent.” Anthony Robbins.

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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

In the late 1980’s, Dr Francine Shapiro observed that eye movements reduced the intensity of disturbing thoughts and memories.

“In EMDR, the emphasis is on allowing the information processing system in the brain to make the internal connections needed to resolve the disturbance. So the person only needs to focus briefly on the disturbing memory.” Dr Francine Shapiro.

Since then, her technique has developed and evolved to relieve many types of psychological stress and severe trauma.

EMDR has a direct effect on the way the brain processes information, thus allowing normal information processing to resume. The memory is still there. However, the trauma is gone.

 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Since its creation in the 1990’s by Gary Craig, EFT has provided relief to thousands of people for all sorts of conditions such as phobias, allergies, anxiety etc.

EFT is a form of acupressure technique that works on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture. The treatment involves tapping acupressure points on the head, chest and hands with the fingertips, while expressing your issue and moving towards positivity through the process of possibility. This action releases emotional and physical blockages in your energy system, thus restoring the right balance between mind and body so necessary to optimal health. Once the technique has been learnt, it can be used as a self-help tool, empowering you to actively contribute to your own healing.

PHM (Process Healing Method)

The theory of Dr. Flint, a Canadian psychotherapist who created Progress Healing Method, is that all behaviour is based on a significant memory, and a significant memory is linked to a strong negative emotion. If we manage to modify a given memory and separate the negative emotion attached to it, the memory then becomes ineffective and… innocuous. And if the memory is changed, the behaviour will also be changed, will it not?

We are talking here about mental or physical dysfunctions, but also about recurring psychological patterns in relationships, money, work, and even health.

Until recently, a memory was thought to be something permanent, unchangeable. However, recently, neurosciences have made incredible breakthroughs. The most advanced studies in this field now prove that memories are in fact malleable: each time an unconscious memory is brought to the surface -thanks to this very specific technique developed by Dr. Flint- we have the opportunity to modify it: Its neural connections become fluid again, the synapses open, the neurones slightly detach from each other, and the brain is then literally able to replace old negative connections by positive or neutral connections.

How do you change a memory, then? What is more, a memory stored in our unconscious ?! This is what Dr. Flint discovered, by using the Subconscious, an external observer in a way, not affected by what is happening in the Conscious and in the Unconscious, thus allowing the brain to rewire naturally.

Using the serenity of the session, the Subconscious can create new, calm and peaceful memory associations by modifying the neural connections.

Therefore, in order to control our life, we must control our behaviour, which emanates from our negative memories and emotions. Once our negative emotions are disconnected from our memories, we are free to create new positive memories, and thereby new behaviours. Thanks to this approach, we detach ourselves from our old neurological patterns. All that exists is the present, which becomes a healthy, strong and peaceful foundation for a future totally different from what it could have been.

Imagery / Creative visualisation

A 1967 study by stress researcher Edmund Jacobson found that visualising an activity produces small, but measurable reactions in the muscles involved in the imagined activity.

Imagery, or visualisation, invites us to use our imagination to form pictures in our mind. In fact, imagery has been described as the language of the unconscious. However, the most powerful visualisation uses all senses, not just pictures: sight, sound, feelings, taste, smells and inner dialogue too. The key to successful imagery is to be as creative and imaginative as you can.

Writing

The combination of writing and hypnosis has tremendous power.

Writing helps us clarify what we want in life. Rather than having fleeting ideas of what we hope will happen, by writing down the exact thing we want, we allow it to become real to our unconscious mind. Remember: the unconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and imagination.

Before you come, you will be asked to write about yourself, answering 5 questions. And this  will help guide the sessions.

“I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.

Voltaire

  

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