“Mind-Body Psychology” refers to the field of treatment protocols that seek to alleviate psychological symptoms via bio-meridian manipulation . It uses the same 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 30 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 in the body. The Meridian System is understood to be the collection of paths in the body along which sub-atomic movement flows. 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 the sub-atomic 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 storage system (Meridian System). 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. was designed by a chiropractor, Dr. Scott Walker. He discovered that Meridian work, known to be useful in spinal and structural health is also related to 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 developer of Splankna Therapy, was introduced to N.E.T. through a chiropractor and leader at her church. 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 in the body, 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 clinical psychology and chiropractic. He designed a system of “algorithms”, or orders in which to tap on Meridian points that he found to correlate to emotional categories. 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. They have been widely used and researched especially in critical incidence and first response settings such as 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings.
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.