Are there times when you're so consumed with a stressful situation that you wished you could tune it out for awhile so you could concentrate on other things... besides the stress and anxiety? It seems no matter how hard you try, stress and anxiety overpower you.
For many years, Auricular Therapy has been used to help retrain the body to handle stress and anxiety. Many people have referred to the metal dots used in this procedure as "HAPPY DOTS".
Recently, we had one of our client change the name to "Rhett Butler Dots". I was confused at the name change until he explained, "When I have my Happy Dots in, I feel like Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind...frankly my dear, I don't give a damn about my stress." He went on to explain that the stress that was consuming him day after day was now manageable. The stress was still there but, it wasn't the focus of his life. His body could handle the stress. He was now in control because - "after all tomorrow is another day".
Auricular Therapy (also known as Happy Dots) has helped many people overcome addictions and cravings. Even those cravings they thought they could never get rid of.
Years ago I had a friend who came to me and asked if she could have me put "Happy Dots" in her ears for stress. However, she gave me a warning, "Don't touch my soda addiction." She then proceeded to explain that since she was in her teens, she would drive to a convenience store and fill up a mug with 64oz of soda...sometimes up to 3 times a day. "I can't survive my day without it" was her reasoning.
I told her that the Auricular Therapy helps the body retrain and bring balance back, even to cravings that have been around for awhile. She was convinced that the Auricular Therapy wouldn't affect her soda addition, but she wanted help with stress. So I put her "Happy Dots" in her ears.
Out of habit, after her session with me, she drove to a convenience store to get her soda. She tasted it and thought, wow, the mixture isn't good today. So she drove to a second convenience store and did the same only to find that the soda tasted awful as well. Unwilling to admit that it was from her "Happy Dots" she bought an actually can of soda since she knew the formula was pretty consistent in the cans. She took one drink. She couldn't stand the taste.
She called me from the convenience store. She said with a laugh, "I thought I told you not to touch my soda?" She was able to give up soda without the caffeine headache that usually associates giving up soda cold turkey. As for her stress levels, she found joy again in her day.
The funny part about it is that she has been soda free for 9 years now.
Some clients are surprised at what they experience with Happy Dots.
I had a client who loved to eat peanut M&M's. He owned a business where they had a candy counter. One day as he was restocking it, he grabbed a bag of M&M's and started eating them. He was half way through the bag when his alarm went off. It was a reminder that he had an appointment to get some "Happy Dots". He folded the half eaten bag closed and stuck it back under the counter to finish it when he returned.
He came in and got "Happy Dots" for some stress relief and help with the munchies. However, when he walked out, he wasn't sure what to expect. He felt different, but how different?
After returning to work, he opened the candy counter and began eating the same bag of M&M's. He called me up saying, "What did you do to my M&M's? They taste like sage brush!" He was delighted to know that the "Happy Dots" were working. He found that his craving for peanut M&M's were gone.
Auricular Therapy uses the body's own senses to balance out cravings. Many clients with the same addiction can have a completely different response.
Take sugar for example. For one client, foods will now taste too sweet. For others, they will not be able to taste the sugar at all. If someone doesn't have a problem with sugar, it will taste normal.
I had one client call me after a session to tell me that they made Kool-Aid for their kids. After putting in the water, the Kool-Aid packet and a cup of sugar, they stirred it around. They took a sip to see if it was ready. To her surprise she couldn't taste any sugar! Thinking she may have been distracted and forgot to put in the sugar, she added another cup of sugar and stirred it around as before. Again, she couldn't taste the sugar. So she added another cup of sugar.
After several cups of sugar, she realized that her body couldn't taste the sugar. She was amazed. Her body helped he balance out her cravings for sugar by making it taste as though there wasn't any.
Another client had the opposite reaction. They also made a batch of Kool-Aid. After mixing it together with the sugar, when they tasted it, it was too sweet. So she added a couple cups of water to dilute it. She tasted it again. She added several more cups of water. Finally, she thought she got it right. She gave it to her kids. They exclaimed, "Mom, you forgot to put sugar in this." She took a sip and said, "No, it tastes just right." Her husband came into the kitchen. He took a sip. He agreed with the kids. "You forgot to put sugar in this." So she made another batch. Again, she found it too sweet. Ready to dilute the second batch, she realized she had "Happy Dots" in. She also found that sweet foods no longer had their driving force as before.
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