Warning: Always consult with a medical doctor whether you have a physical disease or a psychosomatic illness
The Mindbody Protocol for Psychosomatic Challenges is a method for locating repressed and avoided emotions and stresses from the present and past, experiencing them, and integrating/desensitizing them. The experiencing and ntegrating/desensitization should lead to turning off or reducing the psychosomatic symptoms. This approach can also be applied to distractor defenses like rumination, addictive behavior, OCD, and excessive worry.
Warning: Folks with a history of mental illness, PTSD, or panic are urged not to use these techniques without a therapist. If you decide to do these processes you will agree to absolve the webmaster, the webhost, Emoclear.com, and Steve Mensing of any responsibility for the application or misapplication of these processes. There is always in any process the possibility that someone could experience some discomfort.
1. What are your psychosomatic symptoms or distractor behaviors? Choose one of the following symptoms to work on:
TMS (or Tension Myositis Syndrome).
Irritable bowel syndrome.
Gastro esophageal reflux
Migraine & tension headaches.
Post polio syndrome.
2. Place your palm and fingers gently over your heartbeat area and ask your heartbeat area: "What emotions, stresses, or overwhelm are my psychosomatic symptoms or compulsive activities distracting me from?” Circle one or several of the following emotions, stresses, or overwhelm:
Pressure to be perfect or a good person.
3. Fully experience the avoided or repressed emotion, stress, or and allow it to be there without trying to get rid of it or keep it. Integrate or desensitize it with one of the following processes:
Go to the Techniques A to Z page to choose your technique.
If you notice any of the psychosomatic symptoms or distracter behaviors returning, repeat the protocol. Notice if other emotions, stresses, or overwhelm are also involved. Experience them and integrate/desensitize them. Keep a log of psychosomatic symptoms, compulsive activities, and emotionally charged and repetitive thoughts that vanished or largely diminished.
Hydrate yourself prior to working with this protocol.
Be aware that physical anomalies and injuries may exist, but they may not be the actual sources of pain. Example: Many persons have ruptured discs in their back, yet experience no pain.
For more on the theory of psychosomatic pain and related phenomena read: John Sarno's "The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mind Body Disorders". Learn how we unconsciously distract ourselves from overwhelm, stress, and intense and enduring emotions with psychosomatic symptoms and compulsive activities and thoughts. Sarno puts forward the idea that the physical-structural explanation for pain has an alternative in the TMS theory which recognizes that some pains are a reaction to psychological states. These psychosomatic pains and symptoms are common and normal.
Take care, Steve