"Energy Psychology" refers to the field of treatment protocols that seek to alleviate psychological symptoms via biomeridian manipulation. It uses the same energy system in the body that acupuncture and chiropractic are based on for the resolution of emotional trauma. Numerous protocols exist under this category. Splankna Therapy is adapted from these three: Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.), Thought Field Therapy (T.F.T.), and E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
About 15 years ago, practitioners familiar with the world of Acupuncture and Chiropractic began to ask an important question…."Why do clients come in week after week with the same misalignment? Could there be an emotional component in play?" Acupuncture, Chiropractic and other such alternative health treatments are based on the Meridian System of Energy in the body, originally discovered in Eastern medicine and philosophy. The Meridian System is understood to be the collection of paths in the body along which energy flows. This "energy" is called many different things in different cultures, often called vital energy or life force. It is part of how the body stores the strong emotions that come with trauma. Through accessing this storage system while in tune with a trauma, the body can be facilitated to release stored emotional charges that are fueling psychological symptoms.
When it is identified that a particular emotion is stored in the body from a trauma and is fueling a symptom, (i.e. anger at my ex-husband is fueling my depression), mind-body work facilitates the body's own ability to release that stored emotion on an energetic level, thus removing some of the fuel behind the symptom. There are over a dozen current styles of getting this done. What they all have in common is that they use some form of what we call "Circuitry + Intent." By "Circuitry" we mean some way to physically access/manipulate the body's energy storage system (Meridian System of Energy). By "Intent" we mean having the client focus on, imagine, remember, think about, the emotion, trauma or symptom. When you put these together…some form of circuitry and client intention, the body is facilitated to resolve/release the stored emotion. The following are brief descriptions of our three styles of "Circuitry."
N.E.T. (Neuro-Emotional Technique)(N.E.T.)
N.E.T. was designed by a chiropractor, Dr. Scott Walker as a way to incorporate the body's energy system into structural alignment and balance. As somewhat of a serendipity, he discovered that the treatment is also useful in emotional healing. It is only in the last few years that the world of psychology has begun to discover N.E.T. and its benefits. Sarah Thiessen, the designer of Splankna Therapy™, happened upon N.E.T. through a chiropractor friend and colleague. The style of "circuitry" employed by N.E.T. is simply to place the fingertips on the Meridian point where a trauma emotion is thought to be stored, while placing the other hand on the part of the head that pertains to the trauma's general category (for instance on the right temple for future/left temple for past.) The tool of muscle-testing was gleaned from the N.E.T. protocol. It is a common practice among the chiropractic community.
Thought Field Therapy:
Thought Field Therapy was originated by Dr. Richard Callahan who had a background in body psychology and chiropractics. He designed a system of "algorithms", or orders in which to tap, on Meridian points that he found to correlate to emotion sets. For instance, an order in which to tap on particular points when clearing something in the "grief" category, as opposed to "anger" or "pain." These algorithms are especially helpful for acute emotional overload or subconscious resistance. Splankna Therapy™' heavy emphasis on forgiveness and collarbone statements was gleaned from T.F.T.
E.M.D.R. (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered that rapid horizontal eye movement seemed to assist the brain in resolving "stuck" trauma processes. Through the exploration of the phenomenon, it was discovered that bi-lateral brain hemisphere stimulation is a powerful neurological change agent. Splankna Therapy™ incorporates this simple, but effective tool in several ways.