Beneficial for PTSD, Dysautonomia, and Connective Tissue Disorders
Myofascial Therapy is a hands-on technique that focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. For me, this therapy was incredibly helpful for treating stiffness, pain, bladder retention, edema and digestive distress from POTS Syndrome and a connective tissue disorder. Myofascial Release also alleviated back, shoulder and neck pain from scoliosis and improved my posture. I highly recommend my experienced and empathetic physical therapist in New York, Mary Ellen at MoveFreelyPT.
Matrix Reimprinting is a Meridian Tapping Therapy that evolved from Emotional Freedom Technique. This therapy not only desensitizes the intensity from stressful memories, it also helps you transform your past story by re-imagining the experience you had. You can go into any past memory, say and do what you wished you’d said and done, bring in new resources, and create and transform the picture you have of that memory. It’s helpful for healing both physical and emotional pain. I worked with Dr. Stephanie Franz, a compassionate Matrix practitioner. Watch her talk about using this therapy to heal chronic back pain.
Unable to practice my Hatha yoga routine due to pain from a connective tissue disorder coupled with severe hypotension and POTS Syndrome, I decided to try Aerial Yoga. The reason I chose this form of yoga is there are no seated to standing poses that can cause fainting with POTS Syndrome. And the pouch provides wonderful pain-free support for inflamed connective tissue compared to a hard floor. The woman who taught our class was an anesthesiologist who understood medical challenges. Thanks to the pouch, I was able to stretch and deeply relax without putting added pressure on my body; I felt weightless. I felt so good afterward, I teared up because it was the first exercise I was able to do in years!
A Reiki practitioner myself, I had to include this profoundly healing therapy in my recovery program. When chronic illness affected my own flow of Reiki (I used to self-treat daily), I found a local Chinese herbalist who also offered Reiki treatments. The dreamy music, use of chimes and energy work left me on Cloud 9. Reiki releases blocks in the meridian pathways, opening up the flow of Ki, also known as Chi, that supports good health. After a Reiki session, there is a feeling of deep relaxation and bliss that lingers beautifully, encouraging peace and calm.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR therapy uses bi-lateral stimulation to neutralize the emotional and physiological response to stressful triggers, and encourages empowering new cognitive insights. During my sessions, I recalled a life event that was highly stressful while holding a TheraTapper . My therapist guided me through the experience, identifying thoughts, emotions and physical sensations I was having. Bi-lateral stimulation re-wired my nervous system, a must for Dysautomonia and POTS Syndrome, to become less reactive to outer stimuli, often completely eliminating a stress response related to a traumatic memory. The result is I can recall a past memory without experiencing any stress in the present. Read about EMDR.
Hypnosis has so many benefits, and the fact that licensed therapists have been using it as a treatment for centuries proves it’s success rate! My therapist used it as an adjunct to EMDR. EMDR desensitizes intense fears from past trauma that contributes to stress in the here and now. Hypnotherapy doesn’t focus on desensitizing, it aims to tap into your subconscious to access buried beliefs and emotions that may be influencing your current behavior, thoughts about yourself, and chronic illnesses. This technique brings distorted ideas about oneself, and anxieties, to the surface and meets them with clarity, compassion and feelings of safety and empowerment. Hypnotherapy gently and mindfully re-writes your subconscious story, reinforcing self-worth, good health, and contentment.
Reiki, Matrix Reimprinting and Aerial Yoga were not covered by my insurance plan. Reiki costs anywhere from $65-$150 per treatment. Matrix Reimprinting averages $85-$100 per session. Aerial Yoga is typically $25-$40 per class.
Myofascial Therapy was covered because I received treatment from a licensed physical therapist vs. a massage therapist. EMDR and Hypnotherapy was provided by my licensed therapist, and 65% of the treatment was covered by my insurance company.
Lots of health care providers in New York are choosing to work out of insurance company networks. It’s important to know that many insurance companies like Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield reimburse for services. All you have to do is submit a claim, and they will mail a check to cover a decent portion of your bill. If you find a licensed therapist who offers any of the above services but doesn’t bill insurance, don’t give up quickly! First, call your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for the cost of the treatment if you file a claim. It’s worth the time to receive healing.