Eye movement reprocessing and desensitization (EMDR) is a therapy technique created by Dr. Francine Shapiro that can help people heal significantly from trauma. EMDR therapy incorporates sets of bilateral stimulation (BLS) which involves the back and forth movement of the eyes, alternating auditory sounds or tapping.
Many people mistake EMDR for hypnosis because of the back and forth eye movements. EMDR absolutely is not hypnosis. Although hypnosis can be incredibly helpful for some people, it's important to make the distinction between the two. During an EMDR session the person is very aware of what is happening and is completely in control of his or her actions. No suggestions are made that are meant to influence behavior.
We do not understand entirely how EMDR works in the body.
What we do know is that when someone experiences a traumatic event that all of the sights, sounds, emotions, body sensations, and different information from...