Why Energy Therapies Work

Energy psychologists believe that a traumatic experience provokes a strong energetic response, partly electromagnetic, that’s captured within the body. Once a trauma is imprinted upon the nervous system, it’s sustained by a complex network of chemical, electrical, and magnetic interactions. If these interactions can be interrupted, the physical and emotional responses associated with the trauma will not occur.

Energy psychology, like the other power therapies, has some similarity to the work of Joseph Wolpe, the pioneer of systematic desensitization, who discovered that maintaining a state of deep relaxation while holding distressing phobic imagery in mind is a successful treatment for phobias. Power therapies and energy-based methods accelerate the process of counter-conditioning in several ways.

First, by simultaneous stimulation of the body (eye movements, hand tapping, etc.), the therapist divides the client’s focus of attention – thus making it difficult or impossible to get lost in the trauma.

Second, by using a relaxing rhythmic exercise, the therapist produces an effect known as “reciprocal inhibition.” The idea here is that you can’t relax and be anxious or distressed at the same time. Remaining relaxed while contemplating a traumatic experience or unpleasant feeling interrupts the pattern of the trauma and deactivates the limbic system, the headquarters of stress and emotions in our brain. Tapping on specific acupressure points while thinking about upsetting feelings or events is an example of one way to turn off this reaction.

The various techniques that make up the energy psychologies have in common a technique that helps clients attune to the unpleasant feelings and traumatic experiences stored in their bodies. The energy-based methods direct energy into the location of the unconscious mind where a trauma is stored in memory, thereby releasing the stored information and freeing a person to enjoy a better life.

adapted from : Fred Gallo,PhD

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Dr. Gnap

Dr. Gnap is a family practice physician and behavioral medicine specialist in suburban Chicago.  Dr. Gnap developed the Inner Control™ Program in 1970 and has worked with thousands of people to improve and correct medical, emotional, behavioral and learning problems including performance.  He started the Inner Control program because so many patients asked, “what more can be done along with traditional treatment methods?”

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