It is very frequent in nowadays treatments the use of relaxation techniques for Anxiety and Anger management. There is a tendency to teach patients breathing exercises and visualization techniques to soften explosive episodes. This strategy is similar to medication since it aims to relief and not to the solution of the problem. The same is true when using strategies of sensory desensitization such as Brief Multi-Sensory Activation (BMSA), developed by Dr. Joaquín Andrade (Uruguay), Dr. Maarten Aalberse (France) and Dr. Christine Sutherland (Australia) and the Sweeping Technique that belongs to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. This second option, sometimes solves the problem definitively, and other times just move the morbid expression to a different stimulus. Following these routes, besides desensitizing the scene that causes anxiety or anger, there is also a need to do so with Hypervigilance State and with the tension produced by low Self-esteem.
In an article about Sensory Eating Disorders at Somatic Psychotherapy Today edited by Dr. Nancy Eichhorn, I state that there is an inversely proportional relationship between Anxiety and Self-esteem. This statement is based on the model proposed by Multilevel Tone Calibration – Symptom and Trauma Management (MTC-STM) in which by balancing the positive and negative charges of the tone, Anxiety and Self-esteem levels reach healthy values. The experience obtained by implementing MTC-STM came to the conclusion that by reducing the negative charge, the Hypervigilance State is loosen and Self-esteem is strengthened. The high Negative Tone (resistance) implies low Positive Tone (Strength). The excess of negative charge generates anxiety and anger caused by the lack of firmness. Therapeutically, relaxing an anxious person rather than strengthening, is to accentuate the sign or symptom. Although that during the relaxation process relief has been felt, the autonomic areas perceive Relaxation as weakening, generating more anxiety. Anxious or angry patients need to trust to lower their hypervigilance level; and trust is only possible through the containment (Strength or Firmness). Once the patient feels safe, patient is able to disregard about his internal and external worlds, and finally surrenders to a deeper relaxation. For this reason, MTC-STM suggests: "First Strengthen and then Relax".