Fast Trauma and Stress Relief

(TraumaZapper.com)

Introduction  

This website is based on the self-help book, “Fast Trauma and Stress Relief,” a book that teaches people who are affected with Psychological Trauma or stress how to help themselves.  The information contained herein is the opinions and conclusions of the author and his wife, based on their experiences in helping people.

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For anyone who sincerely wishes to change their life for the better, the Right Left Technique (RLT) will solve problems associated with psychological trauma, stress, panic, anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, PTSD, phobias (fear) and other trauma related effects.  RLT will NOT solve character defects, personality disorders or other life problems by itself, but healing can still occur in conjunction with conventional and/or group therapy.

               

Healing Trauma
(Right Left Technique Procedure )

        Please do not underestimate the following simple and short RLT procedure.  RLT is the most powerful and fastest procedure there is to heal and prevent psychological trauma.  RLT is also a powerful relaxing technique.

The Right Left Technique (RLT) is

a)  A rhythmical side to side movement

b)  That people use while talking out loud or to themselves about their trauma

     Your trauma will be gone when you finish talking about it, Remember, you must use the rhythmical side to side movement (RLT) while you are talking. 

        One example of a rhythmical motion is to alternate the right hand touching the right knee, while the left hand is in the air, then with the left hand touching the left knee, while the right hand is in the air, and then repeating the pattern.  This alternating motion is approximately one second per complete cycle, as described in "Ben's  Story,  A  Child's  Healing  of  Fear."


Using RLT by yourself, without the help of a psychotherapist, has some advantages over seeking professional help.  These advantages are:

      a)  Secrets do not need to be told to others

      b)  The technique is relaxing

      c)  Instead of paying therapy fees, RLT costs nothing

      d)  RLT is safe, natural, fast and easy.

Sometimes a traumatized person needs help to continue the rhythmical movement when they are talking about their trauma.  This second person is called a helper.  Another way a helper can assist is to ask questions if the person seems to have a mental block.

      Examples:     

 a)   The helper can tell the subject to visualize and describe the trauma in their own words.  These words can be said out loud or silently.

 b)   The helper can have the subject describe their feelings about the trauma.

 c)   The helper can remind the subject to keep the right left movement going as he or she talks

 

Relaxing With RLT

RLT’s relaxing benefits can relieve emotional pressure and stress.  This keeps you calm, ensuing better learning ability and better performance.  Taking tests or giving presentations in front of people can prove quite taxing.  RLT helps with this. Students can use RLT before and during exams, actors before their performances, and employees before an important meeting.

Using RLT after an event will help you calm down from the excitement generated by the strain of your performance.

When “Little t” trauma or a hidden trauma produces stress at work, or makes life too difficult to handle, use RLT to eliminate that trauma and to relieve that stress.

 

Prevention of Trauma 


When you are in a trauma producing situation, or as quickly thereafter as possible, perform the RLT alternating procedure as described above.  If circumstances do not allow the alternating procedure (when you have to use your hands for something, or you’re too busy doing other things), perform the self-treatment as quickly after the event as you can.

        If you are standing, and it is not easy to reach your knees, you can

 a)    Cross your arms, and place your hands on the upper outside of the arms.

 b)    Start patting in a rhythmical, alternating, repetitive motion.

 c)    At the same time, describe to yourself what you have just witnessed or experienced and how it made you feel.   

        When someone is talking about the event that caused their trauma, you, as the listener or helper, should also perform the RLT alternating procedure, as described above.  This will prevent you from becoming traumatized when you hear their story.  This transfer of trauma from the traumatized person to the helper has many names.  Some of them are:

a)    Compassion Trauma

b)    Compassion Fatigue

c)    Compassion PTSD

d)    Vicarious Trauma

e)    Burnout

 

This transfer of trauma from one person to another is called “compassion trauma.”  Multiple exposures of compassion trauma can lead to burnout.

 

Prevention of Burnout

One cause of burnout is from repetitively hearing other people’s traumas.  There is a trauma transfer from the traumatized person to the helper called compassion trauma.  Burnout will not occur if the helper uses RLT on himself while listening to the stories.

Negative experiences can build up over time.  When they do, we call this “Little t.”  A person can live through so many “Little t”s that they reach burnout and can no longer function normally.   Three examples where “Little t” occurs are group therapy, pastors when they console their flocks after a natural disaster and married couples discussing sensitive problems.

A person goes to group therapy for help, such as for drug or alcohol abuse, and hears other people’s trauma stories, those other traumas transfer from the person talking to the people listening.  Each trauma builds in the listeners, each time others relate their trauma.  To prevent this “Little t” transfer, and to heal the trauma of the speaker, everyone should use RLT during each story.

When a major disaster occurs, such as a hurricane, a pastor is traumatized by the hurricane like everyone else.  But the pastor re-traumatizes each time a parishioner comes to him for help and tells their story.  Eventually, he reaches burnout.  To prevent the pastor’s burnout, and to overcome the parishioner’s trauma, both should use RLT each time they meet.

When couples, such as a husband and wife, are in an emotionally charged discussion (money, family problems, etc.) both people should use RLT to remain relaxed and to help maintain or improve their relationship.  RLT prevents “Little t” from being formed or reacted upon, during this time.


Additional Subjects

           For those who wish additional information, please click the following headings/links.

                Definitions
                       Definitions of special terms used

            Things to remember
               A list of several items to remember when using RL

            When to Use RLT
               Where and when to use RLT

            Using RLT Spiritually
               Four special prayers that use RLT

        Case Examples of RLT
               Case Examples where RLT was used and their lessons learned

            Your Future with RLT
               What the Future will be like with RLT everywhere

            Epilogue
               Epilogue

            History of the RLT
               RLT history of development

            Disclaimer
               Disclaimer for the website       

           Website Map
               Site map for the website

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