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The Movie Technique for kinesthetic learners

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Hi Everyone,

Paul Zelizer adapts our popular EFT Movie Technique to fit a client who is a kinesthetic (feeling) learner.

Hugs, Gary

By Paul Zelizer

Recently I was working on Jeff (not his real name) who had a series of frozen muscles in his lower back on his right side that had accumulated after a series of accidents over a period of 15 years.  Jeff's left side had responded to numerous acupuncture, chiropractic and bodywork treatments but the right side did not respond and was still frozen and at times painful. 

Jeff is a body worker and a martial arts instructor.  He is one of the most kinesthetic learners I have ever met.  So my attempts to get more information through the interview method I use in physical pain situations, using lots of visual imagery (similar to the recent post on Imagineering), didn't go far.

I love to focus on intuition in EFT.  So, I listened to my intuition which kept going back to the Movie Technique.  I wasn't sure why, but it seemed very important.  I wondered how I could use the Movie Technique with someone who is heavily kinesthetic.  We were working in a room with a massage table, so I had Jeff lie on the table and show me where the pain was in his back.  He showed me where his back started freezing up and hurting when he twisted in that direction.  He showed me exactly the point in the twist when the freezing started.  A light bulb went off in my head.

I had Jeff go to exactly the point where the freezing and pain started and then asked him to "back off two degrees".  In the Movie Technique, you ask the client to visually go to the place in the movie just before there is any significant (emotional) pain and tap there.  While Jeff stayed in that position (it didn't hurt at all), we started tapping.  Even though there is this pain in my lower right back that started when that drunk hit me…  We used reminder phrases like, the pain in my lower right back and this pain from the accident with that drunk.

After two rounds, Jeff could move forward in the Kinesthetic Movie.  His range of motion increased about 20%.  Then, he came to another point of pain and frozen muscles.  So, I asked him if it was OK if I touched that place while he went just to the point of feeling frozen and then back off 2 degrees.  He said yes.  While I gave gentle pressure with two fingers, I asked him to bring his attention to that spot and see if he could get a sense of what was being stored in that spot.

He had a memory of two other accidents he had when he was younger that did not involve cars.  We got some details about those two accidents and tapped on them.  Within two rounds, his pain and frozen muscles were gone.  In about 40 minutes the pain and frozen muscles were completely gone.  Jeff now has equal range of motion on both the left and right.  Given that he had been working on the area with acupuncture, chiropractic and bodywork for more than 10 years, we were both quite surprised.

I wanted to share this, because I read less about working with this learning style than visual or auditory learners.  Many blessings to you all.

Paul Zelizer, EFT-CC


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