What is QNRT?
According to founder and creator, Dr. John Turner's website, Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy (QNRT™) "is a proprietary protocol designed to initiate a quantum shift in the nervous system by resetting the brain's response to emotional triggers for both past and present emotional trauma and stress."
In short and in my own words (and understanding), QNRT lets your body tell you the details of any stored trauma via muscle testing, then does a quick reset to clear the trauma.
My initial arrival to their office was a bit rough.
Due to my MCS, it can be extremely hard to be around people and in public spaces. There are SO MANY smells and chemicals. And, this office was no different. They had essential oil diffusers cranking and those cinnamon-scented fall holiday items. The scents were so thick in the air they instantly choked me. I apologized and choked out "It's my MCS." But, I think I full-on terrified the elderly woman waiting in the lobby. Cause you know, everything's COVID now. No one ever coughed before COVID. No reason to lol.
That was really the only hiccup and the rest of the experience was smooth sailing. I actually left the office with no MCS flare (how is that possible!?). I didn't know what to expect but the doctor was very thorough and informative. She explained the process, asked if I had any questions, and then we began.
She started off by testing my muscle testing abilities. Some people just aren't easy to muscle test or they have injuries to their arms, shoulders, etc that make it too challenging to hold their arm up to test. In those cases, she uses a surrogate, one of her staff, that places their hand on your shoulder and uses their arm to test.
To test my muscle testing ability she simply had me hold out my arm and say "My name Dana". My arm held strong. Then she had me say a different name was my name (an obvious lie) and my arm moved easily with her test. With me being an easy tester, we moved on to the initial exam.
She likes to start by doing and overall exam on basic hormones, etc.
She said she likes to do this to correct any of those issues before diving into the deep stuff.
She noticed my melatonin was slightly off and asked me how I was sleeping. I told her I was sleeping well but had been struggling with waves of anxiety at night when I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep. This had started with my recent move back to the US.
So, we dug into the the melatonin issue and she was able to trace it to an event from when I was 35-36 years old. She asked me what happened around that time in my life and I seriously struggled. It was such an uneventful time in my life. So, she had me list out different aspects of my life from that time while muscle testing. For example "Work, roommates, doctors appointments," etc. And, we discovered it related back to something in my personal life. It was something I didn't even think of as traumatic, it was something I didn't even think about consciously at all. But, all of a sudden, I felt this well of emotion flood up through my body. Surprised, I told her that I thought I was going to cry. And, she grabbed some tissue for me and told me that this is normal. It's a release of that trauma. I was blown away.
She went over the themes of what was coming through in her testing and they related back to safety and control. My inability to go with the flow (one of the many side effects of chronic illness). Then she began the retraining process.
Retraining is different each time depending on what your brain needs.
I'm trying to think of the best way to describe this part. So, here goes nothin':
Once you've pinpointed an issue and the trauma-related, you can now track down which parts of the brain it's affecting. So, she has you put your finger in certain locations on your body while muscle testing to sort this out then, you place your fingers back on your body where there were weak spots while she retrains.
During retraining, she uses a pen with a small light on it, every time I saw the light pass my eye, I had to say "Ahh", this was to stimulate my vagus nerve (I've had issues with my vagus nerve for over 10 years. Humming, saying "Ahhh", or gargling are all proven ways to stimulate this nerve). After the "Ahhh!" I had to move my jaw. I have so many jaw issues I can only do an up and down chewing motion. Then, the light again, "Ahhhh" and more chewing. After many passes of this, she muscle tests and if that spot tests strong, she moves on to the next weak spot. You do this process until everything tests strong.
I'm not the most coordinated person so, retraining feels like I'm trying to dance with 2 left feet.
I had NO IDEA the events of that time were emotionally affecting me AT ALL, let alone so much. It was bizarre.
But the release and retraining were needed. I've fallen asleep each night since with ZERO anxiety.
After that session as I was driving home, I was overcome with waves of emotion. I was tearing up with each wave. And, in between waves I was seeing the connection of this event to so many events in my past. All of these experiences were connected. I knew consciously that all these events had a running theme but I had never felt and seen it fully. That's the best way I can think of to describe it. Like, they were all these different times of discomfort from similar things but now, in my mind, they're all one nacho.
Starting the next day, my right eye began a strong twitch. It was distracting. But, it faded with each day. I didn't know if I needed to eat a portobello mushroom to get a big dose of potassium or if it was the after-effects of an emotional release. But, I thought I'd mention it because she does warn that we never know how we'll feel after these releases. Some are happy releases and we feel great, others she said, will make you want to scream. For me, I wouldn't be surprised if some had a physical component because of all the physical side effects I've experienced from the stress of carrying them.
To help with the release, she always gives personalized affirmations.
You don't have to say them or read them if you don't want to but she likes to add them to the retraining. I kind of enjoy them. Mine for this week were:
A week later, in my second session, we dove into my autoimmune issues.
A lot came up with this session.
But, what didn't come up was my MCS reaction to all the scents in the lobby like last time. She even had an essential oil diffuser cranking in the room the whole time and I was fine. No hacking my guts up upon entry. I felt like a superhero.
We began this session by just chatting for a bit.
It was nice. She's around my age and intelligent. I respect her outlook on the world and it was good to connect for a bit.
I'm dysregulated in doctor's offices. I consider it a PTSD response at this point (hopefully QNRT can clear that up one of these days). It's embarrassing and only adds to more dysregulation, like a downward spiral. So, having a small chat helped calm me a bit. It's just so hard to trust other people you know? To be vulnerable, ugh. I hate it.
We also talked about how sensitive I am. Another hard topic for me. I'm an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). We're 20% of the population and our nervous systems are literally built differently. This different wiring can easily lead to overwhelm in our environment. The physical overwhelm leads to emotional overwhelm. But, this is often interpreted by others as mental weakness, shyness, flakiness, or simply an annoyance. So, being told I'm sensitive can be hard as it's a shadow I've carried my whole life. I wasn't offended by her bringing it up. She wasn't shaming me, just recognizing the reality. But, it's still hard for me. My body is literally sensitive. It's why I've become allergic and sensitive to most things now.
We moved on to the session.
Here we discovered that my autoimmune issues began from mold and gluten sensitivities. She said this may not be everything, but that's what was coming up in this session.
She decided to focus on the root of the gluten sensitivity which was tied to a sense of needing balance (my mold allergy is tied to being unable to say no). And, through muscle testing, we discovered that it was related to an incident from when I was 8 that had to do with my sister and how my family responded to my sister (lack of proper boundaries, my sister bulldozes boundaries).
The emotional pain from this event was so strong Dr. Hattersley actually doubled over and gagged a bit. She said she can't always feel the energy of people's pain when working on them but sometimes it's strong and comes through. The pain she experienced totally described how I felt then with my sister and still do to this day. Disgustingly painful gut punches of emotion. I'm so disgusted by my sister, how she chooses to treat people, her compulsive lying, and her utter lack of empathy.
Since I have a copy of my session sheet, I can see that this trauma showed up as auditory, physical, and kinesthetic. The feeling connected to it is rejection. And, this all affected the limbic system as long-term exhaustion and adrenal burnout.
This was a longer reset.
There was just so much to reset. Usually, the resets are fairly brief but it all depends on what has come up and how many parts of the brain it's affecting. I had to do the usual "Ahhhh" noise, chewing of the jaw, but this time I had to add poking the inside of my right cheek with my tongue. Don't worry, you don't have to chew and try to poke your cheek at the same time, you do these actions in rounds.
I feel silly doing the actions of the reset but, I know each action is stimulating a different part of my brain to reset it and I'm thankful someone took the time to figure that out. Just like with EMDR and using rapid eye movement to process emotions. Our bodies are such a trip.
My affirmations this round were:
In my third session, my doctor let my body choose what to address. She only likes to dig into big traumas like autoimmune disease stuff every other session as it can be overwhelming. Dr. Hattersley also decided to use one of her staff as my muscle trainer this round. It was nice, I only needed to stand there and her staff member put her hand on my shoulder while Dr. Hattersley used the staff member's other arm to muscle test.
My body was signaling it wanted to heal a more recent trauma. It was tied to my nervous system, a food sensitivity to nightshades, and connected to the feelings of anger as well as a feeling of helplessness from when I was 38. She had me describe life at 38 and all of a sudden I felt the well of emotion rise up. Hitting upon the emotional trigger works like clockwork but still manages to throw me off guard. Talking through the trauma we realized that I had followed my gut but it had led to misery so, I no longer felt like I could trust my gut. No wonder the manifestation was gut-related (a food sensitivity), no wonder I have so many gut issues.
Unbeknownst to my doctor, when I was 38, I developed a sensitivity to raw tomatoes (a nightshade). They began to trigger uncontrollable thoughts of spinning (helplessness). It's hard to think about those thoughts and it's hard to even write about them. The thoughts were so intense and uncontrollable that they would make me sick. I noticed these thoughts would always kick up the day after I had eaten raw tomatoes. So, I began to avoid them. A year later, I tried raw tomatoes again and the same thing happened. I mourned the loss of yet another food. And, here it was popping up in a QNRT session.
This reset was much shorter than the last.
But, it involved the addition of tuning forks. Two different ones held up to my left ear at two different times. As I performed my chewing, "Ahhh", and tongue poke-in-the-cheek duties.
My doctor warned that releasing anger related traumas tend to be gnarly after.
But, luckily for me, I only felt lightness and joy. I noticed I was even speaking louder than usual but in a jovial tone. I was talking more freely and smiling. I felt a sense of freedom and peace. I ate dinner and only ate half of what I normally would. It was blissful.
I haven't tested raw tomatoes since the QNRT reset, but I'm hoping it helped and I will get that delicious food back in my life. I'm not rushing to test foods right now. I have the feeling of "wait" and I'm following my gut instinct from now on.
My affirmations this round were:
I have 3 more sessions to go with the package I purchased.
So, I'll post about those after I've finished all 3.
But, so far, I have to say, I'm loving it and I'm excited to see big improvements as I continue to have my brain reset.
Have you tried QNRT? Please share your experience below.
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