This unique CD incorporates a combination of soothing words and music, interspersed with bilateral tones. Taken together these three elements appeal to all levels of brain processing: sensory, emotional and intellectual. So no matter what kind of personality you have, some part of your mind will respond. The more often you listen, the more relaxing neural pathways you will develop.
1. Relaxation session ( 27 min. )
2. Stress management session ( 27 min. )
Calm and Confident based on EMDR consists of two 30 minute (approx.) guided sessions of hypnotic imagery and suggestions, backed by evocative music and bilateral stimulation. This unique feature, derived from EMDR, will help you enter a new state of physical and mental well-being almost without effort. When combined with focused attention, bilateral stimulation has been found to produce:
- Decreased stress and tension
- Decreased pain
- Increased feelings of connection ( with oneself )
- Problems seem further away
Other commonly reported effects include drowsiness, improved sleep and generally increased feelings of calmness.
How does it work?
Your brain is wired to detect and pay attention to external stimuli: visual, auditory, olfactory, etc. Your brain also processes different information differently, depending on whether it's words, sounds, images, etc. So while the hypnotic suggestions and music will have a certain soothing effect, when your brain detects the bilateral sounds it automatically stops attending to other matters (such as stress and tension, which tend to continue to intrude, even with the best of relaxation techniques) in order to figure out what and where that sound is (coming from). Basically, the longer your brain does this, the more relaxed it becomes. The mechanism by which this occurs is known as habituation; after a while you get used to not feeling tense or anxious and this becomes part of a new way of feeling and thinking about the world, including stressful events and situations.
How to get the most out of this CD
For best results you should listen to this CD through headphones rather than normal speakers
- You should listen at a time and place as free of external distractions as possible. You will need about 30 minutes for each of the two sessions. Most people find one half-hour session sufficient, but if you need more that's fine.
- You should listen regularly and repeatedly, but there's not need to force yourself to listen if you really aren't in the mood.
- It is best to listen with an open mind and a "let whatever happens happen" attitude.
- Your mind will go backwards and forwards between the words and the music and the bilateral stimulation - this is fine.
- Don't worry if you don't 'get' some of the suggestions of the CD - whatever you experience is just fine, even if it's not what you expect or think you should be experiencing - just TRUST YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM.
- Falling asleep is fine too (this will stop once you have caught up on your sleep)
If you find the CD irritating it is probably because you have concentration problems. Allow your attention to just rest on the bilateral tones and just follow them, effortlessly and mindfully. The longer you listen and the more you concentrate, the easier it will become.
About Mark Grant
Mark Grant is a psychologist with over 20 years experience treating sufferers of pain and stress. Mark has been developing and researching the use of EMDR in the treatment of chronic pain for over 15 years. In addition to his clinical work Mark has studied and written about the problem of stress and pain, mainly for fellow professionals, although his ideas have also been cited in the New York Times (11/6/7 - 'Living With Pain That Just Won't Go Away'). Mark is the author of a chapter in the edited volume Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR Scripted Protocols (Springer, 2008) and the forthcoming clinician guide/self-help manual " Change Your Brain Change Your Pain" and has published several articles on the subject, including in the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. Mark has presented at conferences and workshops in Australia , the Americas and Europe . His self-help CD's were the subject of an award of merit for didactic material from the University Education Distancia ( Madrid ) in 2007. Since 2005 Mark has worked in partnership with his wife Ana , who is also a psychologist. He was the chairman of the EMDR Association of Australia from 2000 – 2008.