Frequently Asked Questions
Will it hurt?
It shouldn't. However, the more we hold and the longer that we've been holding emotions in a part of our body, the more constricted and guarded that area becomes. It can be quite painful, at times, to allow ourselves to go to that point and to release whatever we are holding there. As we release, however, the part relaxes and we experience more freedom and less to no pain.
What does a release look like?
A release looks like whatever it needs to look like. This is often a completion of an expression that we didn't get to have at the time. It can range from looking like nothing at all to crying, raging, screaming, shaking, coughing, vomiting, twisting torso or limbs, etc. Anything that respects the safety of both the practitioner and client is accepted without judgment.
How many sessions will I need?
This will depend entirely on you and your goals. You may want sessions more frequently at the beginning but once you have cleared a lot of stored emotion, you may just want periodic sessions for maintenance or you may feel done, altogether. Some people will encounter a big piece of work and want more sessions more frequently while others may need to slow down during such a period. You are entirely in charge of your journey and I encourage you to ask yourself what you need and to respect that. I will never 'prescribe' sessions.
Most of us who practice this work recognize it as an ongoing practice. The more work we do, the more layers we remove and the less armored we become. Life continually offers challenges, and with that, comes emotional responses. We continue to do this work to maintain freedom from repressed emotion, to experience more joy, groundedness, and balance in life, and to ensure that our emotional responses do not come out sideways at those we love.
What is the role of the practitioner?
The role of the practitioner is to provide a safe, caring environment for this process to unfold and to bear witness to your process. I partner with you and assist the process by bringing your attention into your body where we most commonly store unexpressed emotion. I witness and encourage the expression that needs to happen, guiding you to turn toward your experiences, encouraging you to find what that Part needs to heal and encourage you to meet those needs for yourself.
The client actually has the most active role in this process. As a client, you are in charge of how much you are willing to come into your body, meet your unexpressed emotions or inner experiences, witness the parts of yourself that are holding and release whatever is held in those parts.
Is this a massage?
No. ERT is NOT a massage. Unlike a massage, where you are passive and it is done 'to' you, and ERT session requires you to be an active participant. Each session is a journey, of sorts, and you are the 'Hero' on that journey.
Are there practitioners in other parts of the world?
Yes! Click on the button below for a list of Practitioners