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About EMI Therapy

What is it and how does it work?

EMI stands for Eye Movement Integration Therapy. It was created in the 1990s by highly successful therapists and NLP experts Steve and Connirae Andreas. Usually administered face-to-face by a therapist or coach, The Calm Spot delivers a highly effective animated version of EMI for you to use for yourself.

The power of the unconscious mind

illustration of brain activity

Have you ever gone to sleep at night with a niggle on your mind only to find it has resolved by the time you wake in the morning, maybe as if it had never happened? Based on the type of brain waves measured during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) dreaming phase, scientists theorise that REM sleep aids us in processing and integrating information and memories, and the emotions attached to them.

The Calm Spot videos take you through a pattern of eye movements which acts like REM sleep on steroids. All you have to do is follow some simple guidelines, keep your head still, and follow a spot around the screen with your eyes.

You're in charge

What makes EMI and The Calm Spot even better than REM sleep is that you get to consciously choose your focus, taking control of your thinking and emotional processing. In this way you can quickly resolve issues that have been around for longer, and which have been stronger/more persistent than those little niggles your unconscious mind automatically resolves for you.

Thinking, eye movements and the brain

Our eye movements are related to which areas of the brain we need to activate in order to gather our thoughts. The direction we look in will change (often rapidly) according to the sensory system we're using - whether we are thinking in pictures or sounds, talking to ourselves, being aware of our body feelings and emotions and whether we are remembering or imagining.

Integration

The eye movements used in The Calm Spot videos carry out three important functions:

  1. Interrupting or ‘short-circuiting’ distressing thoughts (memories and/or imaginings) and feelings, and therefore the neural feedback loop of thoughts, emotions and associated body sensations.
  2. Reprocessing - integrating - those thoughts through all of the sensory systems.
  3. Releasing unhelpful stored emotions.

With unhelpful thoughts and feelings out of the way (e.g. anxiety and other types of fear, anger, guilt, shame, depression etc) our perceptions and focus will change, allowing us to get on with living our best life.

Eye movement indicators

Diagram of NLP eye accessing cues

Note: The positions shown are for a typical right-handed person, as we would look at the person face-to-face. The configuration would typically be reversed for a left-handed person, and there are many individual variations.

Even better

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Once you have used The Calm Spot a few times, typically the unconscious mind will adopt this effective new pattern for dealing with the big stuff - old and new. Suddenly, you have a new strategy for dealing positively with whatever life throws at you - simply from watching a brief video.

Of course, you may benefit from using the other parts of the app as well, to learn more about how to take charge of your amazing mind.

EMDR - is it the same thing?

No. Although EMI and The Calm Spot have some similarities to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMI originated well before the advent of EMDR. EMI - particularly when using the innovations included in The Calm Spot - is simpler to administer, more thorough, gentler on the system and faster working than EMDR. EMI does not require the person to revisit traumatic memories in order to resolve associated emotions and their effect on life in the present.

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