Q. How Can EFT Help With My TMJD?
My clients find this process interesting on many different levels.
1. Learned as a self-help tool, the calming and relaxing sensation it brings over, is very convenient and can be applied anytime, anywhere.
2. Even before the client is on the table for bodywork session begins, clients report a sense of receiving an emotional massage.
3. Some clients enjoy the idea of connecting with your body, which leads to increased appreciation, compassion and respect for self.
4. Some come to a realization that our body has been holding onto some tension (without even being touched on directly, or getting a bodywork).
5. As we pay attention and listen to the signs from our bodies, we are able to help our body process emotions better, thus keep it in better balance, and in a state of health.
As a pain specialist in the massage and bodywork profession, my approach is this. If a client is suffering from a chronic pain condition that modern medicine has not been able to help, there is a chance this pain can be coming from some yet-to-be-addressed emotional imbalance, whether that be stress, anger, grief etc. As a trigger point therapist, who has great sensitivities in locating and working out the physical knots in the bodies, I have come to believe that simply removing the knot (trigger points) is not the answer - although that in itself can cause a big relief for clients in pain. Yes, as the tender spots are worked on, the hypertonic muscles (muscles that are chronically tensed and not being able to relax) are released; the connective tissues can stretch; the nervous system or the blood vessels that were caught with the tense soft tissues can resume it's normal functions; thus through releasing the knots, the body feels better and starts healing. However, I am suspecting that there is a reason why a knot wasn't able to release itself in the first place. Healthy tissues and healthy bodies have better recovery - some bodies lack that speedy recovery and pain lingers on (I know this because I myself is the later). As a massage therapist, I do like it when I am able to help clients get out of the "knotted up" state. But I find it even more valuable if I am able to navigate them to finding what could be some factors that was inhibiting the natural release on it's own. And that is what I am attempting to target with EFT: the underlying reason of the "knot" or "trigger points" or imbalance formation from a deeper, emotional and energetic level. By raising awareness from both the emotional aspects (EFT) and somatic aspects (bodywork), we facilitate resolution of the underlying problem much faster, and with longer lasting results - it is very powerful.
Some More Viewpoints on EFT and How that Affects our Body
Our body reacts to sensations, feelings, and emotions - there's no denying that. When we're upset, we might get a knot in the stomach, or one might clenching to express the frustration. When we have overwhelming sadness, we call it a "heart break". Many times people would report heaviness and burden on the shoulder. Or Chills down the Spine etc etc. What is sometimes missing is, the ability to give your body the attention it's asking for, allowing the space to process the intense emotions. Feeling emotions, addressing it in a healthy way, and processing it as it arises seems like a skill that is not most valued in the modern world, and it is easy for us to suppress/not-express our emotions. Further, some of us in the industrial world might even need a good retraining opportunity to recreate that connection with our mind and bodies. When that ability is in place, when emotions are expressed, and heard, they have the opportunity to be processed. Once we learn to pay attention to our bodies signals and respond to it wisely, we can co-exist more peacefully in our bodies.
I LOVE EFT and apply it to myself daily, in my own life, I tap on my kids. I admit I'm quite crazy with Tapping at this moment.
I strongly believe in the transformative power and opportunity tapping presents, not just for pain but in all areas of our lives.
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Disclaimer: Although EFT has produced remarkable results, it must still be considered an experimental method. Practitioners and the public must take complete responsibility for their use of it and shall not hold Mitsuko Ito or anyone associated with EFT responsible for any adverse side effects or outcomes.