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Shoulder Tension Reflects Responsibility and Worry

Dear Readers,

Suzanne Zacharia explains her view on what shoulder tension relates to emotionally and how she uses EFT effectively to release the worry and responsibility we 'shoulder' in life. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit Suzanne's website.

-David MacKay


By Suzanne Zacharia

EFT for the physical is a gentle way of paving the way to releasing deeper issues.  I have recently had a number of clients visit me for various conditions who had shoulder tension.  By using EFT on the shoulder tension, I was able to help each of them go further in releasing whatever issue they had come for.

We hear people say things like "he carried the whole world on his shoulders" or "she shoulders too much responsibility".  Those muscles right at the top of the shoulders are known in kinesiology as the muscles connected to the brain.  Some kinesiologists call them the "worry muscles" or "thinking too much muscles".

Each of these muscles is called the supraspinatus.  There is one on top of the right shoulder and one on top of the left shoulder.  Together, they make up the supraspinati (plural).  It is these muscles that are often tight when we:

  • worry too much; for example, if we worry about a bill, a job, a relationship, or a fear.
  • fear too much; for example, if we are nervous or anxious.
  • shoulder too much responsibility; for example, looking after an elderly relative at the same time as a teenage son is becoming too adventurous.

This shoulder pain can also become a pain in the neck or travel further down the back as our bodies physically compensate for the imbalance.

If a client tends to have a problem with their shoulders, chances are that the supraspinati are involved.  As well as addressing the issue with physiotherapy, remedial exercise, chiropractic, and massage, EFT is great as a long-term solution to release the emotional root causes.  This way, we address the underlying recurrence of this muscle tension.

Phrases I normally try which hit home are:

“Even though I have this worry in my shoulders...”

“Even though I have this fear in my shoulders...”

“Even though I have this shoulder tension, I choose to let go of responsibility from these muscles”

A couple of recent clients come to mind.  Both had come for hypnosis rather than EFT but were in so much pain, I could see they were too restless to relax into a trance.  So I explained that during the initial relaxation (induction), I will be using a special acupressure technique on them called EFT to help them relax deeper.  I explained a little bit about how EFT works and what it feels like, then I started as usual with the relaxation; with the exception that I was tapping on their face and collarbone whilst releasing the worry in their shoulders.  They relaxed very deeply and were even happy to take EFT homework for releasing shoulder stiffness should it come up.

In a way, releasing shoulder tension is a good starter; just like the Constricted Breathing Technique.  I find it works wonders improving whatever else the client came to work on!

Warm regards,

Suzanne Zacharia

Director, NewAgeTherapies

Skype newagelondon

 

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ACL Tear Heals Spontaneously


Dear EFT Community,

I've had a couple of experiences of rapid connective tissue healing like the one below described by Gillian Tarawhiti of Australia. She says, "Last week I went for a second MRI, went to see my specialist and he couldn't believe that the ACL tears had gone. He kept going back and forth between the first and the second MRI images and couldn't believe it, he said, he had never in his entire career see an injury like the one I had incurred just DISAPPEAR, it made me laugh that he refused to say FIX ITSELF. But there it was on his screen in the before and after images of NO ACL TEAR." The odd thing here is that my medical reading assures me that connective tissue injuries take a very long time to heal. So my mind doesn't believe what's actually happening, yet it does!

-Dawson Church


By Gillian Tarawhiti

I was injured in a sports accident incurring an ACL injury (anterior cruciate ligament) and a meniscus cartilage tear. Basically this means I had ligament and cartilage tears in my knee, I was immediately referred to specialists, had MRI's and then told I would need major surgery and I would have difficulty with my knee for the rest of my life.

Well, I'm an EFT Practitioner and decided to take their diagnosis with a grain of salt and decided to postpone any surgery against the specialists' /surgeons' advice. So I decided to take my own journey and tapped religiously for everything from pain, to feeling stupid for letting it happen, to over stretching, to blaming everyone else and on and on. Five days after I started tapping I was back doing some light training, 2 weeks after that I was doing even more training and everyone tried to tell me that is was not a good idea and that I should slow down or not train at all. But you know I was feeling good, I still obviously had an injury but I knew my limits and continued to tap and train anyway.

Last week I went for a second MRI, went to see my specialist and he couldn't believe that the ACL tears had gone. He kept going back and forth between the first and the second MRI images and couldn't believe it, he said, he had NEVER in his entire career see an injury like the one I had incurred just DISAPPEAR, it made me laugh that he refused to say FIX ITSELF. But there it was on his screen in the before and after images of NO ACL TEAR.

When he asked me what I had done in the past 4 months I told him I went back to training straight away and that I was doing a form of physiotherapy, and I knew he had to ask what it was, so I explained in as much technical terminology as I could muster about Emotional Freedom Techniques. He stared at me for a moment and said - well, you will do me out of a job, if anyone else finds out about this. We both laughed and then he looked at me and said, no! I'm not joking.

So I am so grateful that my injury now is minor and only involves microscopic day surgery of which I've agreed to have since there will be no slicing or dicing. So all you sports people out there EFT works, it really does.

Severe Lower Back Pain Resolved with EFT

Dear EFT Community,EFT for Sports Performance

Graham Batchelor, a sports injury specialist, shares the story of a patient who felt his quality of life was only a 2 on a scale of 0 to 10 and he was in a lot of pain. After using EFT his quality of life went to a "wonderful 9 out of 10" and his pain went away.

-Stephanie M


By Graham Batchelor

I run a sports injury clinic and a 45-year-old gentleman came to see me.  He told me that following a serious injury to his lower back at work, he was hospitalized for 6 months and confined to a wheelchair for a further 2 years.  Physiotherapists had worked with him over this period and eventually got him walking with the aid of 2 crutches, but he was only able to cover about 100 feet at a time, was on powerful analgesics, but still suffering a large amount of pain.  He was told there was little more that could be done for him.  He made an appointment with me for next day.

When he arrived, I could tell from his efforts to walk his lower back and legs were pain-ridden, and his posture was very lopsided.  He was completely exhausted from the effort of getting to my clinic.  He found it very difficult to get onto the treatment couch, but insisted he would.

Although I had just started using EFT, I began talking him through the problems he had faced since the injury.  It became obvious that he felt exceptionally guilty about his inability to help his wife when cancer struck and she underwent a major operation.  He was also concerned that his earning power had dropped to zero.  He indicated his quality of life was only a 2 on a scale of 0 to 10.

I gained his permission to try EFT with him and began with the Karate Chop point.

We went through a basic setup procedure using:

Even though I have this serious injury…

Even though I could not help my wife in her time of urgent need…

Even though I can no longer support my family…

eft for back pain by dawson

When we reached the collarbone point he began sobbing, his breathing became labored and his lower body began twitching.  We stopped and I explained that I thought he was going through a very strong emotional release.  He gradually regained composure and we carried on.

At the end of the second round of EFT tapping, he requested that we continue.  

He indicated that he felt much better emotionally and his pain was reducing.  After the third round, I prepared to help him off the couch.

To my amazement, he stood up by himself and using only one stick began walking around the treatment room.

I advised him not to be too adventurous and take things a little easy. 

With tears of happiness in his eyes he could not thank me enough.  I explained that EFT tapping and his willingness to share were the healers.  

Talking through his treatment, he now said he felt his quality of life had gone to wonderful 9 out of 10 and could not wait to get home to his wife.  

I talked to him and his wife 3 days after teaching him EFT and using it in treatment and both of them cannot believe his recovery.

After running a sports injury clinic using shiatsu, Reiki and ki healing for almost 20 years I cannot believe how EFT has helped this patient.

However, it makes sense as when stress over pain or and injury is prolonged without relief, the body's natural analgesic pain-relief ability disappears. Sustained stress makes pain worse, so using EFT tapping to relieve the stress can open a way for the body to heal itself.

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Neck Pain Gone after EFT Clears Core Issues

Dear EFT Community,

In this article, Catherine O'Driscoll tells of how EFT helped a man with severe neck pain that had puzzled numerous medical specialists. The pain lifted immediately when Glen got to the core emotional issues that were a "pain in the neck."

-Stephanie M


By Catherine O'Driscoll

Glen is a true gentleman who came to me with his head hanging forward, in absolute pain. He had been wearing a neck collar for three months. His doctor referred him to a specialist and the specialist referred him to another specialist. A physiotherapist was involved. Eventually, Glen took himself to a chiropractor.

No one was sure what was wrong with Glen. CAT scans were next. They hadn't seen anything like this before. The chiropractor said the closest description of his condition was a thing called "drop neck," which horses suffer. The physiotherapist had been looking in all her medical books. She thought it might be a condition called dystonia.

Dystonia is an incurable neurological condition. The specialist was talking about an operation—an operation that is chancy at best. It could go horribly wrong.

Glen was terrified that he might have to stop working. He had no idea how he would pay his bills if this condition couldn't be cured. He was terrified that he would never get better.

We tapped on this:

"Even though I might never get better..." "Even though I might not be able to work..."

Throughout the hour-long consultation, we measured Glen's neck pain on a 0-10 scale. It stayed up there at 10 throughout.

Now I knew darned well that Glen didn't have an incurable condition. To me, he was suffering from stress. I knew this because Glen is my brother-in-law, and I've watched him cope with tremendous obstacles over the last few years. At last I had him in my treatment room—he lives in England and I live in Scotland, so I was determined to help Glen recover while he was here.

Here are just some of the obvious stress issues involved:

1. Glen and his wife (my sister) Leslie are great animal lovers. To them, their dogs are their children. Three of their dogs died last year, and their grief was huge.

2. Our father has been suffering from dementia for the last three years, too. He's been living in a home and my sisters and their husbands have been visiting him every day, staying for hours and coping with a man who they remember as someone very special, but who was now throwing furniture at them, and raving, or crying, or singing, or pacing up and down. They've been going through terrible emotional turmoil, watching my father suffer.

3. Leslie and Glen have also been coping with Glen's mother who also has dementia, and her sister who has had several strokes. Glen and Les had to fly to Ireland and attend to their affairs, selling the family home and auctioning off their possessions to pay for nursing care. Glen has been traveling to and from Ireland every two months to attend to his mother and aunt's needs. This means that Glen has no holiday allocation left.

4. And then Leslie came down with clinical depression, leaving Glen to take the burden of it all. She's getting better now—but that's another EFT story.

So Glen and I sat in my treatment room and discussed all that has been happening. I asked Glen if he felt that life was a bit of a burden and if he sometimes resented what was happening. I asked if he felt unsupported. "No," he said. "I'm just glad that I'm there to help my mother. I'm glad that I can help Les through her depression. It's great to be there for your dad."

Now, it comes in handy sometimes to be a selfish sort of a person—someone (like me) who would moan like mad if I had all the responsibilities Glen had. It didn't make sense to me that Glen didn't mind just a little bit. He told me that he had had a fabulous childhood. He said he really felt a lot of guilt about joining the RAF and gadding about and leaving his mum alone when he was a young man. He was glad to make it up to her now.

We tapped on all sorts of things relating to Glen's neck pain.

The pain itself, the fear surrounding the pain, the incurable diagnosis. The pain level stayed at 10.

And then, almost despairing, I decided to go for broke.

Tapping his Karate Chop point, Glen repeated after me (whether he agreed or resonated with what I was asking him to say or not):

"Even though I have this incurable neck pain...And even though I let my mum down when I was younger...I love myself...I'm okay...And even though life is a tremendous burden. And life is a pain in the neck. And I can't fix everything for everyone. And I can't stop people suffering. I'm okay. I accept myself. And even though I can't cope with everything and I feel unsupported...I matter...And I thank my body for giving me this gift...For telling me I have to stop and think of me too...And even though I can't fix everything...I'm a good boy..."

At which point, Glen burst out laughing and his neck pain lifted. We walked into the garden giggling like little children, with sparks of light flying around us.

The next day, Glen had no need for his neck collar.

He and Leslie tapped on it again last night, and Glen felt further relief. He knows now that he will be able to continue working. He knows that there's no need for a dangerous operation. He knows that his body was giving him a precious gift: the knowledge that he also has to be on his list of people who matter. Like Leslie's depression, Glen's body was saying, "Enough"—and it made him listen.

I shudder to think what would have happened to Glen had EFT not been there for him. He won't stop helping his loved ones, but he's going to start helping himself as well.

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