|A very popular favourite smell|
|What is your favourite song?|
This is how Total SENSE Therapy (TST) works. This is how one of my clients now has his anxiety and panic attacks under control. TST works in many different ways but one of the most effective is the association of smells, flavours, textures and sounds with a sense of calm and safety. My client started by deciding that smell was going to be his 'base stimulant' and so, bought an aftershave he'd never previously smelled. (The only way you can build an association of calm with a smell is if you have no previous association to the smell.) He then created a treatment space which in his case was a corner of his bedroom with a zero gravity chair (see below), a sound system linked up to his computer an atomiser filled with the aftershave. (He got his girlfriend to fill the atomiser to ensure he didn't smell it until he was in the treatment space).
|Zero Gravity chair|
He did this for twenty minutes, every day for a week. He noted that even without 'enacting' the 'portable sunshine' part of the therapy, the twenty minutes a day he spent in the therapy space had already reduced the amount of anxiety attacks he was experiencing. On day eight he started the 'portable sunshine' part of the treatment, that is to take the smell with you throughout the day. He brought his atomiser to work. He said that knowing it was there was enough to settle his mind; he stopped worrying about the anxiety attacks, which was often what would bring them on. Whenever he felt a little anxious, he would spray the atomiser. Pavlov's theories on classical conditioning kicked in and took his mind back (like my smell of frying onions) to the calm, relaxing state in the therapy space back home. The anixety faded and he felt happy, sometimes excited or amused.
|Atomiser - £2.50 (Amazon)|
If you want to know more about how you can turn smells, flavours and even textures into Portable Sunshine then check out the website or the 5 star rated book or even the audio book! Links below :
The Audio Book