What is REMAP?


By Steve B. Reed, LPC, LMSW, LMFT

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What is REMAP?  REMAP is an acronym for Reed Eye Movement Acupressure Psychotherapy.  REMAP, or the full REMAP process, is an acupressure-enhanced form of psychotherapy designed to treat the amygdala-based issues that impact the emotional midbrain.  Those issues cause an excessive activation of the sympathetic nervous system's fight-or-flight mechanism. 

Another way to think about REMAP is as a sensory stimulation desensitization response (SSDR) method designed to reduce or eliminate trauma, panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, anger and other intense emotional responses. 

The REMAP process utilizes cognitive, behavioral, affective, and sensory stimulation (eye movement and tactile) interventions.  The psycho-sensory, tactile interventions include the stimulation of acupressure points that have been shown to produce changes in brain functioning and within the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  SSDR types of methods would include such treatments as EMDR, REMAP and EFT.  

REMAP is similar in some ways to Systematic Desensitization which desensitizes stress responses by pairing peripheral muscle relaxation with the stressful memory or experience.  But in the case of REMAP, the relaxation response is produced not just at a peripheral muscular level but also in the deeper regions of the brain where the body's alarm system (located in a part of the brain called the amygdala) is also calmed.  This produces a faster and more comfortable path to easing emotional pain.

The REMAP process training has been presented twice at Ohio State University Medical School.  REMAP lectures and training seminars have also been presented in Canada, Guatemala (Central America), Europe and throughout the United States.

The REMAP process has three branches, Quick REMAP, the Full REMAP Protocol and the REMAP Visual Field Treatment.

Here is some brief information about the methods and links that will let you find out more.

Quick REMAP provides simple and easy to use interventions that can reduce emotional distress fast.  Quick REMAP is based on interventions studied at prestigious institutions such as Harvard Medical School and the Yale School of Medicine.  It also includes some of the most potent interventions from traditional Chinese medicine.  Yet, these techniques are so simple that they can be used as self-help tools. 

Introducing Quick REMAP

A Tale of Two Brains--How REMAP Can Help

Introduction to the 4-point Rapid Relief Protocol

Steps in the Quick REMAP (4-point) Rapid Relief Protocol

Quick REMAP--Better than Chocolate for Rapid Stress Relief

Detailed Results--Quick REMAP Research Experiment

Overcoming a Firefighter's Trauma (a REMAP Case Study)

Introduction of Firefighter article and Steve B. Reed

Quick REMAP--Emotional Intensity Amnesia

Agoraphobia--Relieving the Roots of Agoraphobia with Quick REMAP

Quick REMAP Trauma Treatment

The Full REMAP Protocol is a professional strength method that is customized to each individual.  This protocol is usually taught in professional training to mental health professionals. 


Soothing the Sympathetic Nervous System with REMAP:

Results from Treating Eight Trauma Survivors

and Measuring Treatment Effect with Heart Rate Variability Analysis (Pilot Study)

REMAP – A New Form of Psychotherapy

Advantages to the REMAP process

The REMAP process: Letting Meridians Identify Emotions

Dinner and the Amygdala: An Introduction to a Fascinating Article

REMAP Potent Acupressure Points

Acupressure and the Brain

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