Looking for a new, interesting speaker for your club’s meeting in 2015? You’ve come to the right place! Matt Hollo is now booking speaking engagements for his 2015 season. Located in Northwest Ohio, Matt will travel to you. Get the inside scoop on how this state and nationally licensed Professional Clinical Counselor is using a complementary technique to help clients overcome major life obstacles, from fear of flying, to PTSD, to harmful habits (smoking or over-eating), and everyday fears and phobias in a very short time.
Emotional Freedom Techniques, Reiki, and More!
I am very sorry for your loss. Although I may not know the specifics of your trial, I have been there, too. For many years, my husband Matt and I struggled with infertility and experienced a few early miscarriages before we were blessed with our healthy miracle baby in 2012. But our struggle was not over.
In early 2013 we were excited to learn we were expecting again, but soon learned that something was wrong. The first twin, Rudy, was miscarried and the other, Sylvi, was stillborn months later from an undetected complication that left me in the hospital with emergency surgery. It was a traumatic experience I’ll never forget. Burying the remains of my child while healing from surgery, and battling post-partum depression and grief, I swore that if I made it through, I would find a way to help other moms who have lost babies.
This year, we were given good news that we were expecting, but again experienced the loss of baby Emerson. While this loss was a bit smoother, medically speaking, it was still emotionally very difficult for the both of us.
After the loss of Rudy and Sylvi, and then through the good and bad news of Emerson, Matt and I received the support and encouragement of Sufficient Grace Ministries’ “Walking with You” bereavement support group, where we have heard the stories of many others who are walking this journey with us. We are so grateful for that spiritual support.
Due to these combined experiences, my husband Matt, a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner decided that he would like to focus on helping families through the birth year, including those who are experiencing the loss or aftermath of the loss of a pregnancy or child. Although I am not qualified to work with clients in the same way, I am partnering with Matt to spread the word about the service he is offering because I’ve seen firsthand how well his specialized techniques work for those who are hurting or suffering from emotional issues that they are ready to begin healing. Of course, I’d also be happy to connect with anyone who needs a little extra prayer or just wants to talk.
We will never forget our precious babies, but we can all transform into new, forever-changed versions of ourselves. Being able to function again and having a renewed sense of purpose doesn’t only feel good, but allows us to pay it forward. We know we’ll see our angels again, and that they are smiling down on us. That is the gift Matt and I have received, and we sincerely wish to share that with anyone else who could benefit.
I’ve had issues with my weight for just about as long as I can remember. Up and down, but mostly up, perpetually since I was in about third grade. What happened in third grade? Well, my family and I moved from my early childhood home in Northwest Indiana, the only one that I had known, to a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So what right? Kids move every day. Well I was a pretty shy kid growing up. Honestly, I still am! I had a tight group of friends in my small town neighborhood. When I moved two states over, I had no idea how difficult it would be to readjust. Friends were hard to come by, and as my weight started to climb, teasing eventually led to bullying. That led to more shyness, self-isolation, and emotional eating. Sports eventually became an outlet for healthier weight and self-esteem during middle and high school. After high school my weight yo-yoed dramatically. At one point during my senior year of college I weighed my heaviest at 264 pounds and then dramatically (and probably dangerously) lost 95 pounds over the course of 10 months. Of course my weight bounced back (although I never weighed that much again) and I had grown more and more frustrated with my weight.
I have been using EFT for about 8 years and had often heard that EFT Tapping was very effective for weight loss. Although I had already seen some of the awesome benefits that EFT could bring, I was really skeptical about my own personal ability to tap into my weight issues. Last year I started working on my EFT Certification and with it began doing my personal work with other budding EFT Practitioners (a requirement of certification). I kept thinking “I should probably work on my weight;” but this notion came and went many times. However, a funny thing happened. As I was working through my certification process, I was noticing that I was starting to lose weight. People who I hadn’t seen in a while noticed that I appeared thinner. Exercising more didn’t really seem to make a difference. However, I started to pay attention and realized that the more I was clearing my own issues with EFT, the more my weight started melting off. What was I working on? Addressing specific events from my childhood that included loss, feelings and experiences of lack, bullying, and my regrets about moving (I had a mistaken belief that it was solely my choice as an 8 year old to move). By the time I completed my required personal work I was the lowest weight that I have been in about 12 years!
If you are looking to lose weight, diets and fads are likely to disappoint. If you don’t deal with the underlying issues (and more importantly, the specific events) that led to your weight problems, you will probably experience the yo-yo effect. I know that there are so many “weird/shocking/strange” tips and products out there that vie for our attention on website sidebars. I can say with all sincerity that Emotional Freedom Techniques is one of the most powerful tools we can use to transform our mind, body, and soul. It can help us rewrite the story that our DNA is trying to tell for us. I know that I’m not yet at my ideal weight, but my hope is so much higher now that I have the key to my health at my fingertips!
Matt recently completed his training to be a Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner (EFT-INT). His training is in Clinical EFT, which has been validated in over 20 research studies to date to be an evidence-based practice. Matt is currently one of only five Certified EFT Practitioners in the state of Ohio and the only one in Northwest Ohio. Email Matt today at Matt@deeprootswellness.info to schedule your EFT Coaching Session today!
“It’s not a big deal.” That is a common response when I ask a client to tell me about an ‘as recently as five minutes ago’ traumatic memory or fear. As they thought about it, it really wasn’t a big deal to them any further. Their face and body are calm, almost meditative, whereas it had been tense, twisted, and tearful moments earlier. I was surprised when I started to get this reaction from clients who use Emotional Freedom Techniques. I had started my tapping journey watching Gary Craig’s grainy DVDs and seeing person after person amazingly exclaim how their pain, sadness, or fear was completely gone. Don’t get me wrong, there are some of those experiences mixed in where a client will express their amazement that their issue was completely resolved. One woman even gave me a spontaneous hug after tapping helped her resolve a decade’s long negative experience. The funny part is, she didn’t even tell me what it was!
I kept wondering why so many people were so chill about clearing a major barrier in their life in mere minutes- something that might have taken months or years of therapy? The counselor part of me who has been on multi-year journeys with clients in therapy wants to jump up and down and say “Wow that’s amazing that this thing you’ve dealt with your whole life is gone! Are you as excited as I am! That’s so awesome! You are awesome! Everything is awesome!”
But I don’t do that. I’m a professional. So I thought about it and went back to some of the research findings regarding EFT. EFT lowers Cortisol (stress hormone) levels dramatically. EFT reduces the brain wave frequencies associated with stress or amplifies those associated with relaxation1. When we tap on these different acupressure points it sends tiny electric signals to our brain to relax itself while you’re focused on something stressful or upsetting. It helps to rewire our brains on the fly.
So maybe that’s what’s happening to these folks. The tapping is helping them lower the stress hormones in their body, changing their brain wave frequencies, and providing them with a sense of calm and relaxation. If they are in a state of relaxation, they may not be excitable. The “zap” has been taken out of their memories and fears. When the zap is gone, there isn’t anything to get them charged. The person is able to integrate the experience in their life but it no longer carries a mental, emotional, or energetic burden. In other words, “it’s not a big deal.” How exciting is that?
Tapping Tip of the Week: Are you having a craving? Are you stress eating? Try this simple tapping sequence- tap with two fingers under your eye, then under your nose, then on your chin (in the dip). Tap 5-7 times on each point and repeat.Out loud or in your mind say “this craving.” Do this for 30 seconds to a minute to take the edge off your craving!
1Church, D. (2013). Clinical EFT as an evidence-based practice for the treatment of psychological and physiological conditions. Psychology, 4(7). http://file.scirp.org/Html/35751.html.
When I first learned about Emotional Freedom Techniques about eight years ago I thought it was extremely weird. Mind you, when my friend Rena introduced it to me, she didn’t explain it at all, she just had me start tapping all over face and chest and moving my eyes every which way. Before I tapped I was expressing a variety of emotions (I don’t remember what exactly they were because they’re gone now) about a childhood experience that had long bothered me. After the tapping, she had me tell the story again, and something was missing. It was that feeling. It was gone. I hadn’t forgotten it; it just no longer held any emotional or physical weight. I couldn’t make myself feel intense about it. Needless to say I was amazed although I still thought it was quite strange.
Fast forward to the present. Whenever I show someone EFT for the first time, I tend to preempt it with “I know this looks really weird.” However, a funny thing has been happening. People say “I don’t think it’s that weird.” Some have even said “I don’t care what it looks like. It works.” Working and living in small towns in Northwest Ohio, I am excited to hear people tell me that they have heard of EFT or that they’re willing to give it a shot. They don’t need to hear me apologizing for how “weird” it looks. Sometimes the less talking I do and the more tapping we do, the smoother things go.
If you really think about it, the only thing that looks weird about EFT is when you see the entire sequence. Why is that? Because we subconsciously tap, hold, and rub these points on a regular basis when we are under stress. Have you ever caught yourself tapping the dip on your chin while pondering something?
Perhaps you’ve held your fingers along the ridge of your forehead, also known by some as the “Oh my God” points, when you are stressed or overwhelmed.
Doesn’t look too strange right? What happens when we put all the points together?
Wow. Ok. I see it now. It’s just me! In all seriousness, EFT really isn’t that weird looking, and when you consider all of the peculiar things we post on our Facebook pages everyday, would doing a few rounds of tapping even break the top ten? When you add that to the tremendous benefits tapping can provide, why not give it a try? I’m so thankful that I did.
Want to know more about Deep Roots Wellness? What is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and how can it help me? Check out our new video to find out more. Rose has a Q & A session with our practitioner Matt to discuss his background, how he was introduced to EFT, and how he has used it to help others.
We are also excited for the opportunity to bring Deep Roots Wellness to two ‘Birth Without Fear‘ Meetups this spring (bwfconference.com). We will be attending the Meetups in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, April 11, 2014 and Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, May 3, 2014. We look forward to meeting with some awesome mamas and talk about how EFT can help take the fear out of birth!
Matt Hollo, our Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and experienced EFT practitioner recently attended the “official” Emotional Freedom Techniques/EFT Universe 4-day intensive training in Chicago, Illinois, to obtain his certification in Clinical EFT. Matt is excited to bring this level of EFT expertise and training to Northwest Ohio!
EFT sessions typically take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the issue. Matt strives for neutralizing the issue by the end of the session.
Matt is especially interested in working with women and couples experiencing infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, and postpartum challenges (i.e. postpartum depression), and those who have experienced traumatic birth. He would like to build this subject matter as his area of expertise. Matt and his wife Rose are not strangers to these issues and hold a special place in their hearts for fellow parents who are walking this difficult path to parenthood.
Matt can meet with anyone in person in Defiance, Ohio, or can work via telephone, Skype, or FaceTime. Please contact us to schedule your appointment today! Free consults are also available to help you decide if EFT is right for you!
Happy Summer! After a hiatus due to the birth of our daughter, educational and career changes, and a big move, we are ready to begin anew in the North West Ohio area! We are so excited to be able to bring our unique knowledge and skills to a new group of friends.
We are offering all levels of Reiki and EFT classes this summer in Defiance, Ohio, or other locations upon request. We are working on some new TOP SECRET projects, as well! Please check back soon, as we will be updating our calendar. If you have a special request, please let us know!
Please bare with us as we update our website to reflect our new endeavors.
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By: Rev. Mary Grigolia (Copyright 2008)
12 Questions, 12 Days
Dec. 21: Who am I?
Dec. 22: What do I value?
Dec. 23: What do I say?
Dec. 24: Where is home?
Dec. 25: What do I create?
Dec. 26: What do I serve?
Dec. 27: Whom do I love?
Dec. 28: What dies in me?
Dec. 29: What do I believe?
Dec. 30: Am I in the world?
Dec. 31: Do I create peace?
Jan. 1: How must I live?
How do you actually do the 12 Days practice?
Focus on the question of the day. You may do so in many different ways– through journaling, blogging, engaging friends or family in conversation or reflection, yoga, dance, singing, drawing, sculpting (and we hope you’ll be sharing your thoughts, creations, or discoveries on the Deep Roots Wellness Facebook page). Experiment and find what works for you.
Decide how long you will focus. A general suggestion is to allow at least 20 minutes per day. If you do the practice with children, you’ll have to adjust for their attention span and for set up and clean up, of course. When my children were young, The 12 Days was an afternoon activity everyday. It filled whatever time we set for it. And the children loved showing their handy work at dinner to whoever appeared.
When? Designate a special time. Many people fold it into a daily meditation or devotional time : first focus of the morning or last focus of the night. One year I sat and watched the sun set and sat with the questions during sunset. It was a beautiful way to end the day. And it made me aware that my spiritual practice honored this celestial dance going on around us. I also noticed that the neighbor’s cat would jump up on the roof every night and watch the sun set, too. I felt both a sense of companionship and humility.
Another year, I tried to wake up and be outside when the sun arose. I walked with the questions, noticing where on the horizon the sun appeared.
On several occasions, I’ve been working during the 12 Days and have taken time in the morning or afternoon to do my journaling. Both worked well.
Where? Designate a special place to practice. It may help to have the same place, so that the body learns and remembers to open to your deepest, wisest self when you sit or draw or write or walk there.
Mark the spot in some intentional way.
Create an altar with objects that symbolize your intention for the practice and for this stage of your life.
Rearrange the furniture conducive to the practice..
If you enjoy sitting with music, choose a recording (or an instrument).
Create comfortable seating or a surface for laying down and becoming aware.
But your life may or may not support the same place, the same time, everyday. Go with the flow. And you may want to mix it up a little. Discover what places are most conducive to opening deeply to your inner voices of guidance (and humor).
Please don’t practice when you drive unless you’re willing to pull over!
The 12 Days is a doorway to the American winter holiday cycle. The key to the door is YOU! You decide how you’ll practice. This is your practice, for your own individuation.
Although 12 Days starts on December 21, start preparing yourself in advance as a witness of the shift in the pattern of light. If you’re home at sunrise, notice where on the horizon you first see the sun. Pay attention to how the rising point shifts as we approach the solstice. Imagine the long line of men and women who have watched the solstice, bearing witness to the shift within as well as the shift in the patterns of light. At the heart of this practice is awareness of the relationship of the earth and the sun, the length of the day versus the length of the night, the weather patterns resulting from the “gathering darkness.” Ask yourself “Who watches?” with compassion and curiosity.
Using the Questions as Meditation (or Prayer) Prompts
No matter what style of meditation (or prayer) you practice, start your practice with a short relaxation meditation.
RELAX: For those unfamiliar with relaxation meditations, here’s an example:
Sitting Meditation: Sit in a comfortable chair or meditation cushion or lie on your back on a firm surface. Let your back be supported. Have adequate blankets so you are comfortable. Take several deep, cleansing breaths, to release any tension and bring your self into the moment. Close your eyes. Become aware of your breathing. Watch the flow of the breath through the body. Starting with the soles of your feet, imagine that you can bring your breath and awareness to the soles of your feet, releasing any tension down into the earth. With each exhalation, let the feet become more and more relaxed and heavy, connected with the energy of the earth. Then imagine that as you inhale, you draw energy up through your feet, into your legs, calves, knees, and thighs. Let your legs be heavy as you exhale, releasing all their holding. When you’re ready, imagine drawing energy up through your feet and legs into your hips and belly. As you exhale, release any holding from the belly, down through the legs and feet. Then, as you inhale, draw the breath up through the legs into the torso, and into the heart and chest. Exhale all unnecessary holding. Letting the breath move freely with every inhalation, the body becomes more and more relaxed with every exhalation. Breathing in spaciousness to your shoulders, exhale as you let gravity relax the arms and hands. Let your jaw be soft, and lips be gently parted. As you inhale, let the back of the neck grow long.
Spend several minutes allowing the body to release all its holding as you watch the passage of breath and give yourself permission to let go, to relax, and to be fully present in this very moment.
Moving Meditation: If you have an aversion to sitting still (or lying still), you adapt the relaxation meditation using yoga or dance stretching. Take your time, breathing into every part of the body, with an affirmation of being relaxed, at peace, aware. (How about dancing to your favorite holiday music)?
Editor’s Note: Once you are relaxed and focused, take time to focus or pray on the main question and sub-questions of the day (which will be posted daily), and document your thoughts through art, journaling, etc. And don’t forget to share your discoveries on the Deep Roots Wellness Facebook page!