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Brainspotting 2017-09-07T21:41:39+00:00

NEUROPHYSIOLOGY THEORY

“Where we look effects how we feel”

-David Grand, PhD

What is Brainspotting?

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  • Brainspotting is a neurobiologic tool, within this clinical relationship, to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically not within the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.
  • A “Brainspot” is the eye position which is related to the energetic/emotional activation of a traumatic/emotionally charged issue within the brain, most likely in the amygdala, the hippocampus, or the orbitofrontal cortex of the limbic system. Located by eye position, paired with externally observed and internally experienced reflexive responses, a Brainspot is actually a physiological subsystem holding emotional experience in memory form.
  • When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain reflexively signals the therapist that an area of significance has been located. This typically happens out of the client’s conscious awareness.
  • There are a multitude of reflexive responses, including eye twitches, wobbles, freezes, blinks (hard and double blinks) pupil dilation and constriction, narrowing, facial tics, brow furrowing, sniffs, swallows, yawns, coughs, head nods, hand signals, foot movement and body shifting. Reflexive facial expressions are powerful indicators of Brainspots. The appearance of a reflexive response as the client attends to the somatosensory experience of the trauma, emotional or somatic problem is an indication that a Brainspot has been located and activated.
  • The Brainspot can then be accessed and stimulated by holding the client’s eye position while the client is focused on the somatic/sensory experience of the symptom or problem being addressed in the therapy. This processing, which appears to take place at a reflexive or cellular level within the nervous system, brings about a de-conditioning of previously conditioned, maladaptive emotional and physiological responses.
  • Brainspotting is aimed at activating, locating, and processing the Brainspot. Biolateral sound enhances the brain’s processing abilities by alternately stimulating each cerebral hemisphere.

How Does Brainspotting Work?

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  • Brainspotting works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other distressing symptoms.
  • Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system.
  • Brainspotting is theorized to tap into and harnesses the body’s innate self-scanning capacity to process and release focused areas (systems) which are in a maladaptive homeostasis (frozen primitive survival modes). This may also explain the ability of Brainspotting to often reduce and eliminate body pain and tension associated with physical conditions.
  • Brainspotting appears to stimulate, focus, and activate the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma. Brainspotting processes down to the reflexive core. Often when it appears one has reached a zero distress level, a new strata or floor is broken through, probing deeper into the brain. The reflexive core is in the deep, unconscious body brain. It is as out of our awareness as respiration, circulation, and digestion.
  • Brainspotting dismantles the trauma, symptom, somatic distress and dysfunctional beliefs at the reflexive core. Brainspotting is a “body to body” approach. The distress is activated and located in the body which then leads to the locating of the Brainspot based on eye position.
  • Brainspotting is aimed at activating, locating, and processing the Brainspot. Biolateral sound enhances the brain’s processing abilities by alternately stimulating each cerebral hemisphere.

There is growing recognition within the healing professions that experiences of physical and/or emotional injury, acute and chronic pain, serious physical illness, dealing with difficult medical interventions, societal turmoil, environmental disaster, as well as many other problematic life events, will contribute to the development of a substantial reservoir of life trauma. That trauma is held in the body. In most cases, the traumatized individual does not usually have the opportunity or the support to adequately process and integrate these traumatic life events. The traumatic experience then becomes a part of that individual’s trauma reservoir. The body and the psyche cannot remain unaffected by the physical, energetic and emotional costs extracted by this accumulated trauma load (Grand, Brainspotting Pro, 2015)

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Brainspotting Video Explanation from Dr. David Grand

Mental and Physical Injuries-Stressors

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PHYSICAL

Coach criticism on practice or competition/game play performance The physical expenditure while performing in a competition or playing in a game
Team-mate criticism on practice or competition/game play performance ANY physical injury no matter how catastrophic or minute during practice/training or conditioning and especially competition/game play
Peer criticism on practice or competition/game play performance ANY head injuries and or a medically diagnosed concussion
Parent criticism on practice or competition/game play performance A lack of active recovery time or even allowing for a rest day following a challenging practice/training or conditioning and competition/game play
Self-criticism of practice or competition/game play performance Not properly cooling down muscles following practice/training or conditioning and competition/game play
Spectator (vicarious) criticism on practice or competition/game play performance Not properly warming up muscles prior to practice/training or conditioning and competition/game play
ANY past self-identified poor competition/game play performance Not stretching/utilizing myo-fascial release techniques (Foam rolling or “trigger point’ stick use) prior to practice/training or conditioning and competition/game play
Loss of a family member, friend, team-mate or even family pet Not stretching/utilizing myo-fascial release techniques (Foam rolling or “trigger point” stick use) following or post practice/training or conditioning and competition/game play
A mentally challenging practice/training or conditioning day A physically challenging practice/training or conditioning day or playing in a scrimmage
Family or home life problems and or issues Not enough sleep for more than one night and especially multiple sleepless nights back to back
School or work struggles and or stressors Poor fuel consumption choices or nutrition habits/choices
Life benchmarks and transitions The physical and psychological act of developing and growing

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