Has an emotional release ever been experienced by you?
Myofascial release therapy helps with the emotional release of negative energy as it brings you so much peace. It brings peace (1) because a body without chronic pain and/or limited range of motion has much more peace, but (2) it further brings peace by also getting rid of stress, anxiety and depression, (3) especially with the more and better rest it brings to the body with improved sleep, appetite, and the boosting of the immune system. It calms and refreshes the body, helping it function and perform much better – all of which also lead to more peace. In all this commotion, when the dust settles, negative energy has gone out the door to give way to marvelous, peaceful-yet-energetic energy that is wholly positive.
Myofascial release therapists like myself all experience the emotional release of negative energy in our patients. While working with my patients I have found areas that felt . . . different. Then, the patient has an emotional release. They may start screaming, laughing, and even crying (the “good” crying). Their emotional release can bring back visions, memories, or flashbacks never before experienced by them or that they had forgotten that they had.
To some, it is like some hippie mumbo-jumbo that this concept sounds like. However, people who had never even heard of the concept experience emotional releases during my treatment of them with myofascial release therapy. I never let them know there’s a chance an emotional release might be experienced by them. At that point, they still have no idea what an emotional release is. Nevertheless, some do end up crying on the bed for treatment.
An Emotional Release
Debate continues as to what these releases are. A therapist’s role during these emotional releases is something that still gets psychologists nervous. There are valid merits to this concern. False memories can be created by people in these emotional states that are vulnerable. There are some that encourage fake memories. Additionally, false memories can particularly be created by treatments like birth recreations. Instead of emotional resolution, it’s to increase emotional damage that this can lead to.
To some, this information may all sound controversial and new. When done correctly, therapeutic value can be found in emotional release. Tools to help navigate these experiences are provided to both the therapist and the patient in this blog. It can feel incredibly vulnerable to experience an emotional release. In all likelihood you already have plenty of trust for your therapist, if an emotional release is experienced by you with her/him. The emotional release will likely have good ramifications because of this positive sign.
The following should be provided for you by your therapist:
- Without scrutiny or judgement, you should be allowed to experience the emotion with the support of your therapist.
- During this experience they should empower you. The right to end the session should always be yours. It should always be your decision whether you wish them to continue working in that area or to stop – everything should always be based on what YOU want. You should have the power over what occurs during the session because it is an incredibly vulnerable state that you are in.
- You should not be told by your therapist what you feel, be asked whether a certain event occurred, told what it means, or be given advice.
- You should not be abandoned by them. The emotion should also not be avoided by them, on the other side of forcing you through an emotion. Some therapists may not know what to do if you experience emotions because sometimes even they feel insecure around them. This may lead to the therapist giving off a vibe of judgement, telling you to stop feeling, or even abruptly terminating your therapy. What your vulnerable state needs is not provided by such responses.
- Dependent upon your preference, you should be given authorization to either share your experience or not share it.
- Appropriate statements would be, “you have authorization to feel what is occuring ”, or “it’s alright for you to feel,”. It is not appropriate for the therapist to use statements such as “Are you feeling _____.” or “Did something occur to you?”.
- Emotional release can sometimes come and go. Following one of them, most patients report feeling lighter and relieved. It is great if that occurs for you. You may, however, decide to see a counsellor if it instead brings something up for you. During this time you can also continue with your therapy. From person to person this decision varies.
- Through an emotional release it can assist you if you develop the skill of feeling your body and mind. Self-compassion should be practiced. Vulnerability must also be practiced: To work through sensations, feelings, and emotions, there are great books published that help you develop tools for this. Integrate it into your life from reading them when you can.
What all therapists should do:
- We should remain supportive but unattached. We should allow without judgement for the emotion to come up. On the flip side of the coin, without getting caught up in it ourselves, we should allow the patient to experience the emotion.
- We should keep our hands on the patient, moving them only if asked: at such a vulnerable time, moving our hands can feel like abandonment to the patient.
- We too should practice vulnerability and self-compassion regularly. We will be more comfortable with the emotions of the patient the better we develop this skill. Throughout the process we do need to support the patient, while they should not be advised by us.
- The patient must be allowed to choose what they need from the emotional release and session. At the end they can feel great: as if a huge burden was lifted from their back. The patient may feel like they need to work on something that came up for them. Their journey is this one. The next steps must be chosen by them. We can never force an experience on the patient that may not be there; we may assure them they can safely continue with therapy or seek counselling. A space for the patient to work through the emotion should be created by us. The emotion is not ours, but theirs. The way they need to process through it is the way we must let them.
- We must stay grounded: we need to keep our feet on the floor and imagine our feet sinking into it. Energy flowing down to the earth or roots growing down through the earth are things we can also imagine. We are kept from getting wrapped up in the patient’s emotions with the help of these exercises.