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Range of motion metaphor releases shoulder pain

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Here is a creative article by Kim Eisen that shows how an important core issue can be discovered through some simple conversation. Note how her client's severe pain and range of motion problem subsided within a few minutes of aiming EFT at the true cause.

Hugs, Gary

By Kim Eisen

Lovely metaphors.  If we could only understand them on all levels, we could get to the heart of many issues with our clients and ourselves just by understanding the metaphor itself.

Lisa came to me and she was quite upset that after being a yoga student and teacher for years, she had severe shoulder pain and couldn't do most of the positions and movements required for her daily regimen.  Lisa didn't just do yoga, she loved it and it was a way of life for her.  But a part of her had given up and she thought she would ever be able to re-establish her daily routine completely.

I asked Lisa to show me what exactly was going on (of course telling her she was to take complete responsibility for her health and well-being).  Having taken some yoga I could see exactly where she couldn't complete a movement.  Her right arm couldn't go above her shoulder, and, would barely get beyond her side when trying to move the outstretched arm behind her back.  The pain stopped it cold at level of intensity of 10 out of 10.

Here is the questioning phase.

Kim:  When did you first notice this?

Lisa:  Oh, probably in February.

Kim:  What was happening in your life in February?

Lisa:  Oh, nothing, really.

Kim:  Oh, so nothing was going on in February, nothing?

Lisa:  Well, went on a vacation.

Kim:  Oh, so how was that?

Lisa:  Well, I love to travel and have been so many great places and love to go to new places and see new things.  But I've been traveling with this friend the last few years and we always have to go where she wants to go and it's always back to the same places over and over again.

Kim:  Oh, so she's affecting your range of motion in traveling?

Lisa:  Well, yeah, but I don't have any one else to go with and I don't want to not travel.

Kim:  Oh, so she's affecting your range in motion.

Lisa:  Oh my God! (light bulb)

So we tapped:

Even though Jane is affecting my range in motion…  

Even though Jane is affecting where and when I go anywhere because she's so controlling…

Even though I don’t think I can find anyone else to go on vacation with…

Don’t know if I can find someone else.

Even though I really want to continue traveling the world and I’m scared she won’t want to go with me if I say where I want to go…

I’m scared of what will happen.

Even though she’s the only one in the whole wide world that will travel with me (being sarcastic) I choose to allow myself to be open to others that might want to.

At this point we checked and to her surprise we got 80% increase in range of motion and her pain was at a level of intensity of 2 out of 10.  We finished up with the following tapping.

Even though I’ve allowed her to control my range of motion, I’m taking back my power and I’m going to go where I want.

Even though, she may not like it … tough, I’m going where I want to go.

I’m just going to allow the possibility that others are out there and we can decide were we’ll want to go together. 

We checked and she was at 100% range of motion, no pain and a 0 on a scale of 0 to 10.

Follow up, 1 week later, she still had full range of motion.  1.5 months later, still great and she spoke to Jane and they have just made their plans for a two month trip to Africa (where Lisa wanted to go).

Kim Eisen


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