Insomnia is a topic I’ve begun hearing about more frequently from the people coming to my office. Chronic insomnia is most often defined as difficulty falling or staying asleep or having non-restorative sleep most nights for a least a month. I recently came across a Harvard study that  concluded the following:

  • 23% of US workers are sleep deprived due to insomnia
  • 27% of working women have it, compared to  20% of working men

Laura is a young working mom whose doctor recommended she visit my office to see if Splankna therapy, a Christian-oriented energy therapy protocol, would help address her insomnia. Her story is representative so I asked if she would be willing to share it . She whole-heartedly agreed so I interviewed her.

Lee Ann: “Laura, how long had you been struggling with insomnia when you looked me up?       And how had you been trying to manage it?”

Laura: “I’d been struggling with it for 3 months and had tried several different natural supplements to deal with it , one of which was melotonin, but nothing was working. In addition, I began having anxiety attacks as well. I began to wonder if the insomnia was emotionally related and was hoping that counseling would draw out the connection to both the insomnia and anxiety attacks.”

LA: “Were you familiar with Splankna or any other type of energy psychology at the time?”

L: “No, at the time I’d never heard of energy psychology.”

LA: “What did you think about trying something so non-traditional?”

L: “In the beginning, I was a little nervous because I’d never seen or heard of any type of therapy like Splankna. It was a little intimidating since I didn’t understand the process. But after our first session, I was no longer nervous at all as I could immediately feel a difference in my life.”

LA: “Describe, if you can, what a session looks like or feels like to you.”

L: “During the session, I feel very comfortable and present. One session can take as little as 30 minutes to an hour. The sessions include prayer and a little talking about specifically identified events in my life. Sometimes these events can be hard to talk about and process and so in the end I can be emotionally drained. But the outcome of the session is always incredibly beneficial.”

During the session, muscle testing is used to identify the “emotional package” of an event and the age at which the event occurred. Laura would then identify what that event was. As we begin to verbally process it, the reason that event was so formative for her is revealed. Once that has been identified, it can be easily cleared using an indicated technique. This might be Neuro-Emotional Technique, Thought-Field Therapy, EMDR, and/or prayer.

LA: “What did you notice physically immediately afterwards or even a few days later?”

L: “After some Splankna sessions I do feel tired and drained, while other sessions I feel such a peaceful feeling and personal conflict resolution. If I do feel tired and drained from a session, it only lasts for that day. After a majority of my sessions, I am able to leave feeling so much lighter emotionally, and sometimes I actually feel that lightness in my body as well.”

An interesting aspect of this work is the definite, experiencial sense of physical lightness that is often commented upon by people. An awareness is created as to how our emotional content is effecting our physical body. Negative emotion illicites comments from us all like “my heart is heavy” or “My body felt like lead trying to get out of bed.” People suffering from depression are well-acquainted with such sensations. These descriptions are much more than metaphorical. When the negative emotions are resolved, there is a sense of having lost something or more like having thrown something off of ourselves, resulting in a lightness of being.

LA: “What were some of the emotional effects of your sessions?”

L: “Since starting my Splankna sessions, one of the biggest effects I’ve had has been a clearer picture of who I truly am. I feel that I am able to truly accept myself. I have found relief from stress, anxiety, and depression. I have also had close friends say that they’ve noticed a huge change in me as well.

LA: “Would you say that there were also spiritual effects from the energy work?”

L: “There have been huge spiritual effects for me with Splankna! I have felt so much more connected to God. I definitely feel as though He has used Splankna to bring healing, not only to my physical body but my emotional and spiritual self as well.”

LA: “Do you believe your goals for counseling were met?”

L: “Not only were my counseling goals met, I feel as though they exceeded far beyond. I went in for help with insomnia but have been able to gain perspective on who I am. It also helped me draw closer within my family relationships as well. I feel as though I am a better mother, sister, daughter, and friend to those around me.”

LA: “You didn’t mention specifically if your insomnia was cured. Was it?”

L: “Actually, the insomnia went away after the first two sessions, even before we began the Splankna work.”

So Laura’s hunch about her insomnia being emotionally rooted was correct. As such, making time to process her current struggles and anxieties with me was enough to resolve the symptom of insomnia. Sometimes we just need to hear ourselves talk to an objective person and receive their feedback to gain new perspective on our situation.  The Splankna work then, identified the significant events that were supporting some wrong beliefs that were contributing to her current stress. This combination of practices is like a one-two punch for identifying and resolving emotionally rooted issues.

LA: “How do you as a Christian understand this type of therapy? Did you in any way feel that you were participating in practices that were in conflict with boundaries laid out in scripture?”

L: “I truly believe that God has blessed me in allowing me to receive this type of therapy. Never once did I feel as though I was dabbling with something He would not want me to.”

LA: “In your opinion, could someone not of Christian worldview benefit from this type of therapy?”

L: “ I think everyone, no matter their spiritual background, could benefit from this type of therapy.”

Laura’s story is just one of many stories of healing as result of Splankna work. If you are ready to try something new to address your insomnia, anxiety, or depression, contact me at lchadrick@cosoulcare.com  or call me 855-255-5993 and we’ll schedule your first session.

What are your thoughts or questions around Laura’s story? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Posted by Lee Ann

Hi, I'm Lee Ann, an extrovert; perpetual learner; book collector; Jesus-follower; A “doer” in recovery; Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Greater Denver, CO

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