Using EMDR to treat past trauma: tango dancing needs to be empirically researched

Many people who have suffered from trauma believe it is impossible to recover. Feeling trapped by its lasting echoes, sufferers build and rely upon simple and repetitive coping mechanisms to get through the day. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

Cutting edge research by leading scientists such as Bessel van der Kolk MD has now proven that trauma can be resolved by working closely with correctly trained therapists. Essential to this is the notion of connecting with one’s own body, and while Tango dancing may be able to achieve this, our focus is in combining therapeutic yoga with therapies such as EMDR.

If you’ve been suffering from feelings of shame, helplessness and worthlessness Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) could well be the practise you need to make a full recovery and regain control of your life. Traditional western methods of recovery such as Prozac, alcohol, over eating, or recreational drugs block off emotions that we cannot control when traumatised.

EMDR works by unlocking the brain’s ability to make new neurological connections, thus severing the sufferer’s instinctive traumatic responses and enabling the learning of new, positive responses.

By combining physical  and eye movement into the therapeutic process the brain’s orbital prefrontal cortex can forge new neurological pathways and ultimately lead to recovery. The time-keeper part of the brain grows in cognisance, meaning traumatic incidents in a client’s past become more effectively understood as being past events. This enables the client to move beyond past trauma and learn new, unbiased responses to everyday situations, allowing for a full and fulfilling life.

If you’re interested in learning more about what EMDR can do for you please get in touch today, we’d be happy to help.

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