- or - why illogical treatment may work better than logical treatment
Therapeutic Targeting (TT) is a new concept in holistic healing. It is based on an understanding of maladaptation, and the tendency of the mind and body to become locked into ‘phantom stress reactions’ and repeat them endlessly. These are reactions were once solutions to problems or conditions of the past, but now are relics inappropriate to present circumstances. Now these ghosts have become the problem themselves and require special methods to exorcise them.
Therapeutic targeting is a crucial part of the removal of ghost reactions. The intelligence of the body knows the difference between habit and freedom, and it always opts for freedom, when given a chance.
Using Therapeutic Targeting to treat the body is a bit like using precisely placed explosives to tear down a now-outmoded building vs trying to tear it down with a sledgehammer. Small amounts of explosive, precisely placed can collapse even a large and complex structure .
I regularly expect and see major shifts in the physical or emotional state of patients from treatments that seem illogical from most other perspectives. Examples: an adjustment of the the little finger instantly strengthening the psoas muscle and reducing low back pain, or reducing a deep feeling of sadness; a 15 second massage of a muscle in the calf bringing on a feeling of calm to a feeling of anger, or turning on a weak neck muscle and eliminating a neck pain.
Therapeutic Targeting always needs to have a specific target to aim at. The best targets relate to something which either clinical judgment or patient preference has determined to be a problem, whether physical, mental or emotional. The target needs to be specific. So the ‘low back’ is not a target, but specific muscles that support the low back are. My relationship with my spouse is too general, but how I feel when she gives me that look or the memory of when she yelled at me is specific.
While a particular physical pain or difficult memory may seem like one unit, in fact it is often made up of a grouping of specific, smaller parts. The shoulder for instance, supported by many muscles, and if some are too lose and some too contracted the movement will not be proper. Similarly, traumatic memory is often made up of many specifics. To make up an example, if the memory was of being punched by a friend, there can be anger, betrayal, hurt, hate, guilt (I shouldn’t have said what I said,) shame (I was weak, I should have seen it coming,) or fear, to name but a few. These reactions and weak muscles are the ghost reactions that are overlaying proper function of the body, or peaceful presence, in terms of the mind and emotions.
Like opening a file that you had on your hard drive, we focus the body on the target by feeling the most prominent feeling, remembering the memory, or contracting the weak muscle. Once the ‘file is loaded’ testing using kinesiology or muscle testing will point us towards exactly what the body needs in order to eliminate the memory pattern that keeps the reaction alive. It works because we are always, asking the body, in effect, how is this memory being held, and what will it take to release its habits.
When we ask questions with Therapeutic Targeting, what we find is often surprising. The answers are individual, personal, and their logic is not always knowable. We might find that there is a relationship between the targeted muscle, feeling or memory and any other area of the body. We know we have hit the right one when the weak muscle becomes strong, or the emotion that was rated a 9 out of 10 is now at 1 or 0. Though there are some patterns that emerge regularly, the variations are as many as there are individuals.
This may sound a arbitrary, but the results prove the concept. When we aim treatments at a specific finding, such as a weak muscle in the knee, I can predict with 95% certainty that the targeted muscle regain its strength. It is also likely that pain levels in the knee will decrease. It works the same way for anything that we can target; an emotion, memory, repetitive thought pattern, an allergy or even a specific painful body position.
There are also systems that have evolved for targeting specific areas of the brain, such as LEAP which systematically addresses areas of the brain related to learning and attention.
*Other methods that are forerunners of Therapeutic Targeting are:
Moding, from Clinical Kinesiology Alan Beardall , D.C.(deceased) - USA