After the session, your only job is to drink lots of water, avoid memory-altering substances for the day, and make sure you give yourself time to get a good night’s sleep.
rREST sessions are like snowflakes; no two are exactly the same. While some people report feeling relief immediately after a session, processing usually takes about 1-3 nights to truly set in and let your brain rewire itself. You might not notice a difference if you’re not into self-reflection, but it’s there. On the longer end, some clients notice shifts happening 30 days later! It’s kind of like lifting weights; the calories continue to burn even after your sweat sesh! So let the healing occur at the pace your body is ready to make changes.
When I first started, I was skeptical because I didn’t feel much better after my first session. But by round four, my PTSD symptoms had vanished almost entirely. I started sleeping through the night without waking up drenched in sweat from a bad dream, and my panic attacks disappeared.
But I didn’t stop there. rREST helped me feel safe sharing my genuine self and trusting that people cared about me. It helped me dismantle my fear of rejection, so I could embody myself fully and invite the right people into my life – people who love me just the way I am. These days I’m working on my suffocating perfectionism. I never knew how to see my failures as opportunities to learn and try again. Now that’s becoming the only way I see it.
In that same vein, I sometimes don’t notice the result until I’m faced with a situation that previously would’ve made me freak out, and instead, I’m able to roll with the punches and adapt accordingly. Then I look back and realize, “Wow, I should’ve totally lost it when that happened, but I didn’t.” It’s now natural for me to shift into a headspace of action rather than reaction, and I don’t even notice it until the moment has passed.
Still confused? I want you to imagine if TV static was constantly playing in the background of your day-to-day existence. If you actively listen, you can notice it. Or sometimes, it might get so loud that it becomes all you can hear, drowning all of your senses. But for the most part, you learn to tune it out and go on with your life.
Then one day, the noise just stops, and you realize you’ve been living with a lousy signal your entire life. Everything around you becomes crystal clear, and you can pick up on the slightest sounds previously drowned out by the static.
That’s the kind of clarity I found with rREST. I feel like a new person. My brain is on my side, and the voice inside my head has become my biggest cheerleader rather than my biggest critic.
Nothing about the world has changed. Everything is as uncertain as ever, but my perspective is no longer hopeless. I can hear the whispers of my intuition and my most genuine self in places where there had only been white noise.
So what was going on in those hours I spent on myself? That’s a different story. If you’re a science geek like me, you might want more of an explanation about how and why rREST works. I’ll be writing a beginner’s guide to the theoretical foundation behind rREST, so sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.