Emotional Stress Relief (ESR)
One of the simplest and most powerful techniques in kinesiology is Emotional Stress Release (ESR). This simple method allows anyone to feel they are coping in times of trauma, stress, overload, accident, pressure from work or relationships etc.
ESR can work in times of simple mental block eg. Exams, interviews or making out lists, for accidents or trauma etc. ESR allows a person to de-stress the basic flight or fight urge so they can realise new choices and action. Just feeling stressed can be sufficient reason to apply the ESR technique of holding the frontal eminences (GB14) while thinking of the stress.
Note: While holding the frontal eminences, blood flow is stimulated to the frontal lobes of the brain where action, choice, new options and creativity are activated and exercised. A deep sigh often signifies the process is complete.
When dealing with traumatic experiences, it is necessary to set up a ‘safe place’ before the procedure where the person can take a break from the memory of the trauma. This safe place may be real or imagined. At times a person may not feel they have such a place and it may be necessary to construct a safe place in their imagination.
This procedure is suggested for instances of simple overwhelm, particularly in learning situations, and can be used at any time. It should NOT be used to relive extreme trauma or past abuse without appropriate clinical experience.
- Have the client hold their frontal eminences with a light touch (see picture below).
- Ask the client to think again of their stress
- Get them to make it as real as possible
- Ask what the smells were, colours, sounds, what they looked like, etc.
- Be careful to take one step at a time to avoid overwhelm.
- Have them either:
- Take a picture of the event. Then slowly introduce into the picture changes eg. things they like, making the source of stress smaller, changing how certain aspects of the picture looks etc.
- Wait for the clients breathing to slow and deepen. Ask them how they feel about it now; it will usually be easier, less stressful.