PTSD, Anxiety and Panic Attacks

What people do not realise is just how quickly you can work through post traumatic stress or panic attacks using the Boulderstone Technique and there is no need talk about it! So often words get in the way.

The time it takes to sort out panic attacks varies from one hour to a few weeks but they can always be sorted out with The Boulderstone Technique.

‘No panic attacks, no depression, no anxiety. When I think about how I was….it’s a miracle!’  – SS, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

The root of all panic attacks, and high anxiety states, is an unresolved traumatic experience. This can be something obviously traumatic but also sometimes people respond to quite ordinary experiences as if they are traumatic. It is this over-reaction that we undo.

Unfortunately, panic attacks are common and usually mismanaged. Fortunately, they are relatively easy to resolve, even if they have existed for years and been medicated.

“I’ve been claustrophobic since childhood. My nose would frequently block up and I’d go into a panic. I took a lot of medication for anxiety. After one treatment of The Boulderstone Technique I was panicking less, even when my nose was blocked. After the second treatment I had no panic at all, even with a heavy cold. The claustrophobia and panic had completely gone – it just went away as you were treating me. A year later and I have had no panicky episodes and am off all medication.” – Joyce, aged 87, Surrey

Everyone who experiences panic attacks initially tries to suppress them, to push them away and not encourage them. So what is suppression and why is it wrong? The desire to suppress symptoms comes about because you do not want them and you have the belief that pushing them away will get rid of them. In reality these problems can only be dealt with by going though them but it must be done in a calm and safe way.Panic attacks are the mind’s attempt to resolve a problem by re-living it, to come to terms with it. But the reliving of it can be so overwhelming that the patient just wants the experience to stop and so suppresses it. Suppression of these symptoms and medication always make them last longer.

The traumatic experience can be physical (a car accident, for example), emotional (e.g. multiple grief) or mental (e.g. an extended period of stress). The panic attack is the path to the unresolved trauma. The only way to undo the symptoms is to experience the symptoms fully with complete awareness, calmness and without getting overwhelmed. And this is what the mind is trying to do with the panic attack. Often, it will do this when you are feeling relaxed and in a safe place which is why the symptoms seem to come out of the blue. Other times it will come about when you experience something similar to the original trauma. The problem is that you get overwhelmed and are unable to keep full awareness. And so the mind will keep repeating the experience hoping that you will eventually work your way through it. This is a difficult time for people with panic attacks.

The medical solution is often drugs but while they might take the edge off the symptoms they do nothing to solve the problem and usually prolong it.

Luckily, there is a solution. Using the Boulderstone Technique we can slow the overwhelming process down and deal with each bit of the panic attack as it arises, slowly, calmly and with control. We do this by establishing a connection between the mental and emotional components and the physical body. This is what the Boulderstone Technique is all about.

By holding the head and feeling what is going on the practitioner can slow things down or speed them up as appropriate allowing the patient to process the trauma with relative comfort and ease and not get overwhelmed. By using this method the patient is in full control.