Tools and Techniques of Adaptive Therapy
Muscle testing (applied kinesiology) is a subjective tool used by a number of integrative medicine therapists to access client-knowing (Slonim, 2012; Hawkins, 2002).
With new technologies, Adaptive Therapy is developing an evidence-based device to replace it. Not only will it increase trust in the process for therapists and their clients but also remove the bias that could creep in if the therapist has not addressed the issue being addressed by their client. This device includes a simple brain wave measurement tool (EEG) during the line of questioning process taught in Adaptive Therapy. The intent is to deliver a device that indicates whether a statement or answer by the client is true or false, exactly the way muscle testing is used.
Research has already revealed that a positive and negative emotion resonates uniquely. For instance, The Scale of Positive and Negative Experience (SPANE) assesses the frequency of positive and negative emotions. It consists of two subscales, one for positive and one for negative affect with six adjectives each and measures a broad spectrum of emotions. Scientific studies have demonstrated the good psychometric properties and convergent validity of this approach (Rahm et al, 2017).
This device is also expected to be an FDA approved medical device for therapists (non-consumer). Adopting this device by therapists to augment sessions with clients increases efficacy while allowing a therapist to see more clients. Adaptive Therapy does not require nor recommend a weekly appointment but instead, having a new program to work on about every three (3) weeks is better. The goal is to increase accessibility and this device and method will by 66%.
Adaptive Therapy refers to the muscle testing method its “analog” process, to be replaced as soon as the device is ready. Therefore, we are training every therapist in the original method in 2021 and in the coming year, until the device is made available and additional training to apply it, first in Beta while the FDA process is being conducted.
Once an unconscious agenda that is self-harming or causes pain (emotional or physical) is identified for modification, affirmations are used to de- and re-program them. These unconscious agendas are perceptions or belief systems that persons have created about the self, others, the world, and others’ views of them (recorded in their unconscious). These agendas are generated to catalog a protective response to a future similar situation and are adopted from emotionally charged situations, traumas, injury and can also be developed vicariously by viewing someone else in a situation that we identify with; upon seeing the results of their experience, we come to believe the effect or response they received is true for them as well: “There is never enough money.” The children come to believe that scarcity is a reality. This childhood observation and internalization can become the reality of the adult children. They find themselves repeatedly supporting the internal belief that there is not enough money. They might even make a lot of money but find that it always slips away. Even though the children act out the mother’s beliefs in their own lives, they may be completely unaware that they are doing so.
Some stored agendas originated as symbols, images, and feelings, and as people matured, they put words to them. For most, these agendas make themselves known through feelings, whenever not conformed to. Most of the uncomfortable feelings people have in the present moment are not associated with what is currently happening. They are responses to an event from the past. The feeling or feelings created as a result of an agenda are felt either consciously or expressed in the form of pain or discomfort. Almost all pain or discomfort (apart of injury) is the result of a triggered emotion(s). This unconscious expression through the physical body is but one way that negative emotions are expressed. Once the negative feelings are acknowledged consciously, often the physical pain or discomfort ceases. Then, once conscious, these negative feelings can be examined to determine what unconscious agenda is being violated. It is interesting to note that many clients of Adaptive Therapy often experience pain or discomfort a day or two before an upcoming session to line up, bring to the acute state, the work to be done during it. This is why it is so important to address physical pain emotionally if there is no pathology. It is the body’s way to teach us we need to address a belief system we have deviated from conforming to.
It is important to recognize that it is not the goal of Adaptive Therapy to erase negative feelings. The goal, however, is to use these feelings productively to access the underlying core belief in the unconscious that is being violated. Doing so offers an opportunity to change the belief, thus removing the reason for the negative feeling. Negative feelings are messengers of imbalance attempting to communicate at a conscious level what unconscious agenda is being violated, causing dissonance. What causes dissonance? The best way to understand dissonance is to observe its opposite polarity: Resonance. When humans conform with their “programming,” they experience resonance which means synchronous vibration. It’s also harmony and homeostasis. When humans violate, or do not conform to their programming they experience dissonance which means discord, conflict, tension or clash.
The aforementioned supports health and well-being. The latter causes stress, which is a term that covers many different scenarios, but it means out of balance, not well.
Take a moment to study diagram 1. In Adaptive Therapy philosophy we believe the system is quite simple. Humans have positive emotions and negative emotions. They also have unconscious agendas that when conformed to, produce a positive feeling which results in cognitive resonance. When an unconscious agenda is violated, not conformed to, it generates a negative feeling that bubbles up to consciousness (opposite of the positive) that results in cognitive dissonance. Finally, we have behaviors both positive and negative that are driven by both the negative feeling and cognitive dissonance for the purpose of pushing a person back into conformity. This is systematic and repeatable all day long as we go about our lives. You might want to read this again because this is how we operate. We do not have much control over our emotions, thoughts, or behaviors frankly. It’s only when we modify our unconscious agendas that don’t serve us that we can then feel a high level of well-being.
Let’s look at an example of what is described.
The perceptions/unconscious agendas logged as “programs” in the unconscious were originally stored there for a good reason—survival. They were placed there for protection of the conscious self, to direct the individual to avoid threatening experiences in the present that are similar to a past harmful and painful experience. They are also there to reduce stress by providing a blueprint of a past experience. This gives a convenient immediate plan of action to a similar situation in the present. This is how people unconsciously do a task or respond in a situation without thinking. They are literally on automatic pilot. This is fine as long as the “programming” serves the host. But as the physical/emotional health of most people illustrates, we have all filed away many thousands of beliefs that prevent us from expressing who we really are, and that actually create more stress and pain in the present. The faster our world spins the programming does also, propagating unhealthy lifestyles.