What's available? EFT
Virtual reality software is currently being tested, but not regularly used. Traditionally, the only way to get a handle on your fear of water has been "exposure therapy" supervised, gradual experience with water known as swim lessons.
It's also important to prepare mentally for your classes, in order to keep relaxed. Relaxation techniques can be taught in class. But how else can you face your fear as you prepare for a teacher and a pool?
Emotional Freedom TechniquesThere's a treatment I've recently discovered; some of you may have, too. It's called Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT.
EFT has a high success rate, it's affordable or possibly free, and you can learn to do it:
Briefly, I understand EFT to work like this:
We are all made of subtle electrical energy. We measure this when we have an EEG or EKG, for the health report of our brain or heart, respectively. Acupuncturists have treated patients via their bodily "meridians", or energy circuits for the past 5,000 years. Your energy flow, or "chi", acts on both the body and the emotions in the same way, for practical purposes.
You might have a strong memory of the moment your fear of water started. An energy disruption happened then.
To repeat: your fear is rooted in an imbalance or disruption in your energy circuit. This electrical disruption is the source of your problem, according to energy-based principles.
How to do EFT on yourself
The energy disruption is corrected, and the unwanted emotion disappears, replaced by a calming relief. You are still yourself, only no longer so afraid of water. You will be ready to start lessons and the life of a beginning swimmer.
Can you believe it?
The first EFT case
Fabulously, the earliest form of EFT, called Thought Field Therapy, was first discovered in 1980 by psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan, while treating a patient with a severe guess! water phobia.
After a year and a half of trying conventional psychological teatment, Dr. Callahan tried tapping under his patient's eyes, at the endpoint of the stomach meridian.
This patient didn't lose her common sense, however, only her fear. She was rational as she went to the water. She knew she needed to learn to swim next. And, she made this decision without dread.
Discover for yourself...It's not possible to state that one round of tapping will eliminate your fear of water. EFT does merit a closer look, however.
I'll report on things as I learn them, but why wait?
Here's the primary link to all things EFT: http://www.emofree.com
To find an EFTpractitioner/therapist near you, go to:
Relaxnswim is also pleased to bring you the remarkable story of one formerly water-phobic man,Tam Lewellyn-Edwards, who was treated via EFT in 1999 and has been completely free of his fear of water ever since.