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Join Srinika at this special workshop, where she will be joined by Dr. Stefan Cohen, DC to discuss how emotions can create blockages in the body, and how to process these emotions quickly.

Dr. Cohen, founder of Innate Chiropractic and Wellness, practices NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) as an adjunct to his chiropractic work. Srinika Narayan, acupuncturist and nutritional analyst, also uses emotional clearing techniques in her practice with herbs and ower essences. Learn how these techniques can unwind old, un- conscious thought patterns and feelings that can hinder our physical well being.

Srinika:
Hi. I’m Srinika Narayan of Srinika Healing and Nutrition. I’m an acupuncturist, and nutritional analyst, and have been practicing for 17 years. Tonight’s episode is on emotional clearing techniques and how it affects the physical body. I’m joined by my colleague, Dr. Stefan Cohen, who is a doctor of chiropractic. He is going to introduce himself a bit.

Stefan Cohen:
I am Dr. Stefan Cohen. I’ve been in Albany for 15 years at Innate Chiropractic. I’ve been a chiropractor for 20 years. I’ve been interested in holistic healing, functional movement, even sports chiropractic work ever since I’ve been in practice.

Srinika:
I wanted to do an episode on emotional clearing, because what I found over the years is that sometimes working on a patient so much on the physical … and if nothing is budging, sometimes it’s emotions that are stuck in the body that are preventing the body from physically healing. In Chinese medicine, for instance, this has been known for thousands of years. That different emotions can get stuck in different parts of the body. For instance, the liver hangs on to anger, and the lungs hang onto grief and sadness.

Srinika:
More recently, Anthony Williams, the famous medical medium, he wrote a book on the liver. He talks about how the adrenal glands produce adrenaline based on stress hormones, which are emotions. And those chemicals can get stuck in the liver for years and years. When something gets stuck in the liver, it can back up into other organs. Yes, stressful emotions can create problems in not just the liver, but other organs too. What happens is that people often times don’t know … they can’t place what emotion it is. It may not even be a current emotion. Maybe an emotion from the past that they felt very strongly. That biochemical hormone is now stuck in the body, and preventing them from healing currently.

Srinika:
What I do is basically do a shortcut in my practice of finding the emotion, and figuring out what will clear it, and then go from there, basically. I’ll talk more about this in a bit. For now, I’d love to learn more about what you do, and how you got into working with emotions from chiropractic care?

Stefan Cohen:
Actually, I got into this way before chiropractic. I was initially introduced to more of a holistic approach to healing in the early ’90s. I’d actually traveled a fair amount in Southeast Asia and ended up studying a whole bunch of different things. I came back to California and found an amazing teacher at the Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto. I became a Zen Shiatsu therapist.

Stefan Cohen:
The basis of Zen Shiatsu … it’s Japanese acupressure. But the approach was very much rooted in the meridian system, and even a lot about the emotions in the body. At that time, I actually had a personal experience of kind of a GI meltdown. I was living on Pepto Bismol. I had a friend who had taken his life. It was a difficult period of time. I’d come back from Asia, not knowing why I was in California. I was really healed by my teacher working in the gut, just doing a lot of the Shiatsu and working with the meridians to access emotions, which actually helped a lot more than Pepto Bismol did.

Stefan Cohen:
Around that time, I also went to a talk in Palo Alto alongside Deepak Chopra. I remember him talking about that your gut feeling is actually really a gut feeling. It seemed like a cliche, but I get it now … what he was talking about, because it really is. As a chiropractic student, I read Candace Pert’s book, Molecules of Emotion … which I actually have here. I pulled it out-

Stefan Cohen:
Okay. Candace Pert was a research scientist that the NIH, and she was responsible in part of researching and finding … discovering the opiate receptor, and how the emotions in the body are actually in the fascial system. What she calls a complex molecules of emotion are polypeptides. That’s how I’ve kind of grown to see emotion in the body is that we wear it like a cloak.

Stefan Cohen:
As a student in chiropractic school, I also applied kinesiology as a interest and technique, and studied and certified in it before I was even in practice. That is based on the idea of a triad of health. We put structure at the base, but you also have two equal sides of biochemistry, and energetics, or emotion. The three really need to balance each other. I’ve kind of worked with that. Then early on in practice, probably the course of about five years, I studied several levels of …

Stefan Cohen:
Oh, okay. So, vortex healing is based on the idea that I am a vehicle through which healing comes through. It’s a lot like Reiki. But what really made a big impression on me was that it works on the many different subtle bodies, and one of them’s the emotional body. At this point, I don’t actively practice vortex healing, but I do call that through to help open up the emotional body if I feel like I’m stuck.

Stefan Cohen:
Also at a time in my practice, I was studying how to use cold lasers … class one lasers to access the body. One of them is a bio laser, which is a very expensive piece of equipment. I realized it’s really useful, but how can I use my body to do the same thing? Actually, that’s when I started really focusing on the working through the vortex healing to actually open up the body. Then I’d go back to my kinesiology and be able to muscle test the emotions much clearer.

Stefan Cohen:
That’s kind of been a long journey. Then more recently, Bruce Lipton, a teacher of ours at Life West, and he was a biologist. An epigenetic biologist. He came to the conclusions of … because it’s biology belief book. That’s just the role of energy and emotion in the body to a cellular level. It’s all there, and it’s all in the biology, and the science. You just have to know where to look.

Srinika:
Oh, wow. Very interesting. Dr. Stefan, what is the premise behind, specifically, neuro emotional technique?

Stefan Cohen:
Neuro emotional technique was developed by Scott Walker, who’s a fascinating chiropractor, and his wife, Deb. They’re both chiropractors. It’s based on the idea that the emotional system … let’s start with the brain. The brain is three parts. The limbic system is the survival system. People talk about the lizard brain, and it’s based on pure survival. If somebody is in pure fight or flight, that’s where they’re operating from.

Stefan Cohen:
The [mammalian 00:08:15] brain is like a brain around that. It’s called that for a reason. I think it’s the reason why people like dogs. It’s because it’s all emotion. That’s where I would say the majority of our decision making comes from. Actually, our decisions and how we function in the world is coming from in the mammalian brain.

Stefan Cohen:
That leaves a small percentage, which we call the cerebral cortex, which is on the outside … which we like to think runs the show. That makes us special. But the truth of the matter is, in my world at least, that it’s not doing nearly as much as we think. We’d like to think that helps us make logical decisions.

Stefan Cohen:
The NET really relies on the fact that all three of those need to be congruent for a process to go through. If something is not congruent on any of those levels, it’s a bit of a short circuit, which can be … okay. NET relies on muscle testing. Because of this neurological phenomenon, any statement that lacks congruency will weaken the muscle test. Actually, we can bypass the cognitive thinking part of the brain to find where an issue in the tissue is that we may not even be thinking about. That’s going to how NET started, I believe. That’s kind of how we’d jump off into that treatment.

Srinika:
Oh, interesting. So, all three brains kind of have to … should line up. Very interesting stuff. Great. Yeah, you’ve done it to me. I’ve had it done. It’s just super fascinating work.

Stefan Cohen:
Can you tell me … I’m curious also how-

Stefan Cohen:
… in your nutritional work.

Srinika:
Okay. Yeah, sure. With nutritional analysis, I’m first looking for what are the organs that are off in a person when they come in with certain symptoms. I use muscle testing to determine which of the organs are off. Then from there, I start looking for are there any physical stressors on those organs? Those could be food sensitivities, they could be toxicities, heavy metals, electromagnetic frequency toxicities, other mineral deficiencies, vitamin fatty acid deficiencies.

Srinika:
Then after that, I look for are there any big emotional blockages in those organs? With all these things, I have different vials that I use for all the toxicities, all the food sensitivities. I have these vials for emotions, too. There’s actually more vials one can use, but I chose to use just these 60. They’re all just refined emotional states, basically.

Srinika:
Sometimes none of them test for an organ, meaning … not that they don’t have any emotion stuck in that organ, but just that they aren’t a big priority. That’s not the main issue. But sometimes it is a priority. That’s really a sticking issue. When I find, okay, there is a certain emotion that’s really stuck in that organ, then I tell the person. And then I test them for ways we can start unsticking that emotion in the body.

Srinika:
I often test for … liver supplements oftentimes help. They just get things moving. Digestive enzymes interestingly can break up emotional things in the body. I mean, emotions are biochemical reactions. There are chemicals in and of themselves. Sometimes we can find that herbs and enzymes can actually break them up, and move them along. I also use bach flower remedies and test for those. Those oftentimes work for more kind of spiritual, emotional issues. So, people can use that as well.

Srinika:
Of course, there’s plenty of types of therapies people can do. Traditional talk therapy, yoga, acupuncture, many different kinds of therapies. I found that the key is really naming the emotion that’s coming up, so people will be cognizant of what it is that’s kind of sticking in their body and in their system. Yeah. That’s how I use these vials for nutritional analysis.

Srinika:
Dr. Stefan, how does NET actually work? I know it’s different from what I do in that it checks … not just for trapped emotions, but checks what situations these emotions came from, which is very interesting. And what age these situations happened. It seems like such a refined system.

Stefan Cohen:
It is a refined system. I always want to preface what it is not. Like you mentioned, it’s not psychology. I always have to say that to people, because this is not my license as a chiropractor. What it is is emotional physiology. It’s based on the idea that I’m a body worker, and this is something that’s holding the body hostage. It’s a link between the body and the emotional system. So, it’s a true mind body system. That’s why I like it.

Stefan Cohen:
Like I said before, it’s based on the idea of a congruency of these different parts of the brain. But it’s also based on an idea of the concept of perceived reality … emotional reality in the body. I think of a filing system. So, our fascial system is like a filing system. I had an anatomy professor who used to say … he probably still says it. We carry around our history from in utero, and that’s sometimes the testing brings us back to that, which is fascinating.

Stefan Cohen:
It’s a memory system. Just by following an algorithm … and that’s what I like about NET is that allows me to very logically even follow an algorithm to find an issue. Sometimes not even an issue, but a posture can bring out the issue we’re working with. Therapy localizing to some different organ systems or joints also can access that system. A statement can access that system. If somebody says, “I want to be well,” and it weakens a muscle, we need to start there. I don’t always do that because it’s pretty direct. But if somebody keeps coming back and just seems almost addicted to being in a sick state, they need to be willing to go there.

Stefan Cohen:
NET allows me to follow that algorithm. In doing so, we can find a timeline, and an issue, and usually able to come to an original event. Almost like planting a seed when a program was put into place. Now, is that real or truth? We don’t know. But I’m always reminding the patient it’s not about facts on the ground. It’s their emotional truth in their body. That’s what’s important, because that’s what’s holding their body back. And they have nothing to do with what happens to them at any stage of their life.

Srinika:
Wow. Wow. Very, very interesting. How does this tie into the other work you do as a chiropractor? Like, spinal adjustments or treating areas of musculoskeletal pain?

Stefan Cohen:
Well, I’m trained in many different systems. That’s what makes it interesting to me. It’s trained and certified, and if I’m following the triad of health, I’ve made sure to follow into trainings on each side of the triad, not just a system that covers the triad. So, structural, and I’m certified full body and active release technique, ART, because I want to have the tool to release those tissues.

Stefan Cohen:
In energetics, I’m certified. I’m working towards a certification NET after using the system for 15 years. That should be done in the next six months. I’m very excited. I’m certified several levels of vortex healing. Because I wanted to work and experience working with energy, as well as apply kinesiology, which addresses the whole system. What’s interesting is … for example, if I work with a runner, I’ve done a lot of trainings in functional physiology, and muscle work, and chiropractic. But they don’t address the emotional component at all.

Stefan Cohen:
If somebody comes in as a runner, I’m expected to work with them as a runner. And I do. I look at their gates, I look at their posture, I look at their functionality. I test the muscles or release the fascia. I adjust the joint, if need be. I look at the posture. All these things. But then I also check some of the emotional circuits. I also check some of the biochemical circuits, because a runner is still a person with a knee. Somebody who comes in with knee pain who has … something emotional’s going on because of some circuit. It could just as well be a runner.

Stefan Cohen:
We’re as strong as our weakest link. Often, these athletes come in, and they’ve gone to great athletic trainers, and practitioners, and they still have issues because they have personal lives. They have stuff that’s going on in their lives, too, that’s not addressed. I try to look at the whole person.

Stefan Cohen:
One more example is … a knee often is affected, say, by the popliteus muscle, which happens to be connected to the gallbladder circuit. See? The gallbladder circuit can also be connected with the liver circuit, and may pertain to some of the emotions of resentment and anger that you’ve talked about, or may not. So we’re looking at the whole thing. The shoulder issue can be a subscapularis, which is one of the four stabilizers of the shoulder. But that subscapularis also is related to the heart circuit, for example. That could have to do with the alignment of the back, of the heart itself. Usually not, but it could also be anything going on in the fire element of the body is throwing that off. You see, you have to look at the whole body to really do the best service.

Srinika:
Yeah, great. That’s what the holistic approach is about. How has adding NET into your practice affected your ideas of what healing really is for people?

Stefan Cohen:
Yeah. NET … it’s been an amazing journey. There’ve been times over the years where I’ve used it more, and then used it less. I’m just now kind of going through another Renaissance of bringing it back up, partly just because I’ve been in practice for 20 years. I want to step back, and really fill in the holes, and be really good at it. I really appreciate what NET has to provide. One reason I came back to, it’s actually-

Stefan Cohen:
… which episode. NET was on Grey’s Anatomy, and it was actually highlighted as a main part of an episode or two. It turns out the writer who wrote that in had been seeing an NET practitioner for 20 years, and really felt it was important to get it out there. They did such a good job in the TV show that I started thinking about it again. Part of the reason it’s on network TV is because the last 10 years, the NET people have really put a lot of work into their research branch. There’s a lot of published research on neuro emotional technique, and mind body medicine, and all these different aspects. It’s becoming more legitimate. As a licensed practitioner, I feel more comfortable adding that. Knowing that that’s behind me.

Srinika:
Wow. Great. Yeah, it’s going mainstream. Wonderful. Yeah. I too have found the whole process of adding in the emotional clearing component of my work just really valuable, and really fascinating. When we hear about the mind body connection, it can sound kind of vague, actually. But now with my 60 vials of different emotions, it becomes crystal clear in terms of, well, what emotion is it? And how is it affecting this particular organ?

Srinika:
The connection is really there for me. I see it, and have gotten just better and better results now that I’ve started to incorporate the emotion. What I’ve found is with my work … just understanding the human experience much, much more, and the universality of human emotions. And understanding myself more, too, which has been very rewarding. Bringing this into my practice.

Stefan Cohen:
Okay. Yeah. I would like to thank you for being part of my journey here at Innate Chiropractic. I find it really important to have quality practitioners who I can refer to. When it comes the chemistry and biochemistry aspect of this triad, even though I’ve done more of that in the past, I really enjoyed working with you … because that’s what your focus is here.

Srinika:
Wow. Thank you.

Stefan Cohen:
In terms of even the NET work, I enjoy the practice of it. But I also enjoy going to learn it. Because added training, I’d say it’s about half therapists now. The other half are nurse practitioners, holistic MDs, and DOs, as well as chiropractors, and acupuncturists. It’s a truly across the aisle system. It makes it really fun to be able to share from where we’re coming from, and then bring that back into my practice.

Srinika:
Oh, wonderful. Great. Yeah. Thank you. If people are interested in your work, how do they get ahold of you?

Stefan Cohen:
Well, we are on Facebook, Innate Chiropractic. Through Instagram, I’m found as Dr. Stefan Cohen. And our website is the … letter ‘n’ as in Nancy, the number eight, as in innate, chiropractic.com.

Srinika:
Great. Wonderful. And if you’re interested in my work, please check out my website at srinikahealing.com. Thank you for tuning in, and we’ll see you next time.

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