EMI is originally a method of NLP – area (Steve Andreas), but which can be understood and used as a method of neurotherapy. EMI works with the consequences of trauma, which are stored in a fragmented state in the short-term memory as a circular process and therefore always stay up to date.
Theory and history of the method:
Approach to the methods of trauma work that mainly come from the Anglo-Saxon area :
1.EMDR (Francine Shapiro) , 2. SE – Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine), and 3. EMI – eye movement integration (Steven Andrews, Danie Beaulie) come from the assumption that the full load of the shock energy (after cleavage by the trauma) remains stored in the brain stem (vital center). From there, it flows into the regions of the limbic system (emotional center), and the neocortex (rational center of the cerebrum).
The traumatic shock load is stored in a fragmented form of all sensory modalities (smell, sight , hearing, taste, touch) in the short term memory where it remains constantly up to date (since it never goes integrated by itself into the long-term memory). By any, whatever small reason (trigger) this charge will be caused again and the person is flooded by the long suppressed load of the trauma over and over again, so plunged again and again into chaos, shock, pain and terror.
At the same time the shock load is held back from the body armor in the muscles. This I refer to as the continuation of the surviving structures on the physical level.
Practical application of the method:
The method aims by systematically and successively ordered eye movements to defuse and dilute the stored shock load in the brain stem and the autonomic nervous system. Thus relives a person from the consequences of trauma. This can be effected, as the eye movements are in direct connection with the brain stem. (The method EMDR uses the same mechanism, although it is perceived methodologically differently).
Advantage of the method:
Since the shock load paralyzes and significantly limits options for action, it acts as a blockade. By working with the shock load thus a free space for new possibilities will be created that were previously overlaid by the consequences of trauma. In other words: it is the release of the creative potential of a human being and the development of new choices, outside the traumatic blockages, whether their origin was in childhood (e.g. birth trauma), or in adulthood (e.g. car accident).
Scope of EMI:
Brain stem (vital center) connected to autonomic nervous system and therefore also to the whole body.