How Does wingwave® work?
Stress, unpleasant memories of past events, or imagining future situations can all act like a splinter in a wound that keeps the wound from healing: The experience continues to have a negative effect on someone’s well-being and impede our performance.
Everyone knows how it feels to be hurt, insulted, angry, embarrassed, etc. Under normal circumstances these emotions fade and one “gets over them". Thinking of the past event no longer causes an unpleasant feeling. If this is not the case, e.g. if the “negative” emotions do not fade, they are not completely processed (time has not “healed all wounds”). The person is "stuck" in old conflicts which can lead to a secondary problem in forms of thinking patterns like “Every time I do X, Y happens to me”. But why?
During moments of intense stress, both brain hemispheres no longer cooperate in an optimal way. The flow in processing experiences and emotions associated with those experiences is disrupted. The emotions get "stuck". Under normal circumstances stressful events are being dealt with whilst sleeping. During the REM phase (Rapid Eye Movement) our eyes move horizontally and our stressful and traumatic experiences are processed. Hence, it is the perfect self-healing procedure for emotional upheaval.
The increasing level of stress many people are exposed to every day keeps them from processing stressful events during their sleep. Restless sleep and sleeping pills can completely impede the important REM phase which leads to a constant feeling of pressure and makes relaxation difficult while awake. Emotions that are associated with certain events in the past, or with the idea of future events, cannot be effectively processed. The situation can be compared to a CD that has a scratch: the processing gets stuck in the nervous system at a certain point.
Simulation Of "Awake" REM Phases
Wingwave intervention actually simulates a REM phase while the client is awake and has his or her eyes open. The client’s eyes follow the coach’s fingers waving in front of his/her face and the "stuck" emotions begin to be processed at a rapid rate. The eye movements – that can also be replaced by auditory or tactile stimuli – allow the brain hemispheres to work together in a controlled and coordinated way and the previously "stuck" emotions start to "move" again. The mental block that was caused by extreme stress disappears. Wingwave can be understood as applied EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) for Coaching. EMDR is a well recognised as an effective method for treating posts-traumatic stress disorders (see New York Times article).
During this process, the client may experience some intense feelings, but they are perfectly endurable and do not last longer than a minute. As the intervention completely reactivates the formerly blocked mental capacities, it enables the brain to find its own creative solutions, making use of its already existing resources. So the client can gain some surprising wisdom and flashes of insight during the intervention. The effects of Wingwave® coaching can be reinforced, if necessary, with the methods of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).
Navigation and Process Validation by Neuro-Feedback
A further element is a muscle feedback test, called myostatic test or simply, O-Ring test, which is performed with the hands. This test originated from the field of Kinesiology. Weak muscle feedback is understood as a stress indicator, a strong test as a compensation indicator in terms of: the test person can “cope with” a perception, a thought, a topic, therefore he or she can effectively self-manage the emotions associated with this situation. In the coaching process the test serves as a “topic finder“ and as feedback on the result of the coaching intervention. If the previously weak test keeps strong after the intervention, the intervention is considered to have been a success. The myostatic test has been scientifically researched.
Wingwave is scientifically researched
Wingwave combines established and well researched psychologic coaching elements. For more than ten years managers, artists, trainees, students, athletes and actors have made use of the wingwave method to reach their goals and gain success. wingwave coaching optimizes your productivity and creative ability by stabilizing your emotional and mental balance – easing challenging and demanding situations in particular.
This information can also be found on the official Wingwave homepage of the Besser-Siegmund Institut in Germany.