PTSD and Trauma
For survivors of PTSD and Trauma, the body is in a state of constant reaction and alertness. The MNRI method has helped survivors of horrible traumatic events, heroic war veterans and traumatic sports injuries. These are inspirational stories of Scarlett Lewis, a mother who lost her young son in the Sandy Hook tragedy, Jon, a honorable Iraq War Veteran, and Rok, an olympic champion.
Scarlett's StoryI consider the MNRI® team my friends as their sacrifice to bring this healing method to the world speaks to their personal integrity and dedication to heal the world from the terrible trauma that results from disasters that occur every day
The Sandy Hook Tragedy and MNRI in Newtown, Connecticut
An unspeakable tragedy occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. Among the 20 innocent lives lost was Scarlett Lewis’ son, Jesse Lewis. Scarlett, a single mother of two young boys described the immediate aftermath of the tragedy as an overwhelming feeling of shock, horror, immeasurable loss and sadness. She says, “My remaining son and I were both severely traumatized by the nature of the loss of our beloved Jesse and also from our experience.”
Even during the darkest times, there are those who selflessly rise to the occasion to help others and to serve those who need it most. Dr. Svetlana Masgutova and her MNRI team formed the Expedition to Newtown,where they volunteered their time and expertise to help the community heal.
Scarlett Lewis and her son received several MNRIpattern integration treatments by Dr. Masgutova. The team’s patient explanation, both in practice and theory of her body’s reaction to the trauma, including sleeplessness, agitation, depression, memory issues and inability to focus, was her brain reacting to the trauma. The team worked with the pathways of primary reflexes of the brain, using their noninvasive techniques, to integrate the issues and empower her to begin the process of healing.
Scarlett describes the MNRI team as incredible, compassionate specialists who are responsive, knowledgeable and adept at their process.She credits their professional demeanor as immediately putting her and even more so, her son who had trepidation of more strangers, at ease.
She says, “MNRI has allowed my son and I to move past the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of trauma and loss now and has enabled us to re-enter life as productive and well adjusted people. Both my son and I have been able to step outside our own pain and be in service to others, which has expanded our healing... that I credit MNRI, Dr. Svetlana, and her team for cultivating and then helpingto flourish”.
The MNRImethod and its ability to connect with the brain and to counteract the negative affects of trauma have had a tremendous impact on Scarlett and her son’s healing and ability to move forward with their lives. “I consider the MNRIteam my friends as their sacrifice to bring this healing method to the world speaks to their personal integrity and dedication to heal the world from the terrible trauma that results from disasters that occur every day”.
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Rok's StoryThroughout my sports career and everyday life challenges I have gone through several physical and emotional traumas.
MNRI® in Professional Sports by Rok Flander, 2007 Snowboard PGS World Champion, 13 Snowboard World Cup podiums, 6th place Sochi Olympic Winter games.
My experience of the Masgutova Method felt like an awakening from a deep sleep. I went to work with Dr. Masgutova and her team for two days. I have to say, I didn’t expect to receive such results! The ability of the MNRI method to quickly transform long-term physical problems is very extraordinary, not to mention the relief from all the traumas that I was carrying with me on my emotional level. This work brought new life to both.
The main reason that I decided to go and try out the Masgutova program was the fact that I had known how good certain things can feel in life and, for some reason, I was not able to feel that way any more. For quite some time I was asking myself, “does it come with the age t o begin to feel numb and to lose connection with the fullness of life?”
Now I know it has nothing to do with the age. Throughout my sports career and everyday life challenges I have gone through several physical and emotional traumas.
The experience of all these negative emotions and pain has created confusion in my brain. Suddenly situations that before had always brought me lots of pleasure and joy, now were connected with physical and emotional pain that were caused by injuries. It seemed that this confusion brought me to the point where there was no more joy in my professional sport career as well as in my everyday life!
The Masgutova Method somehow helped my brain and my nervous system to get back on its natural track. Suddenly my body feels 10 kg lighter and the light around me seems to be 20% brighter than before. I have realized there are hundreds of other things that have improved since working with Dr. Masgutova.
The MNRI program definitely helped my body and soul to rediscover its natural track of growth and development. Walking down the street as well as snowboarding on the Olympic games finally feels full of joy and happiness again! It is important to cherish the gift of life that the universe has given us.
Meeting Dr. Svetlana Masgutova and her team was an amazing experience.
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Jon's StoryPeg’s experience with Jon and others indicates that MNRI® is the link to positive anchors that significantly impact an individual that has experienced trauma.
Finding His Way Home: The Story of a Veteran Returning from War
Before Iraq, Jon was a very humorous, relaxed person. When he returned home, he was in fight or flight mode 24/7. He could not sleep well, produced angry outbursts constantly, and would explode in anger in simple situations such as a glass of water being left out on the counter.
One time a car drove past the house and it backfired. Reacting to the noise, he dove to the ground and covered his head. For the first year and a half, he displayed signs of being stuck in Iraq-military mode. One day, within a month of his arrival home, we decided to drive to Madison, WI. While approaching a bridge, he gunned our Ford Expedition reaching to 90 mph and began to zigzag on the freeway. His wife began to scream and asked, “What are you doing?” Jon shook his head and could not figure out what was going on. After a few seconds, she calmly coaxed him into pulling over. He appeared to be lost, as if he did not know where he was.
Jon had issues reintegrating into society. He did not like to talk to people, and fell into a deep depression. His old life seemed like a distant memory that he could not regain. Emotionally, he could not relate to people and did not fit in. Sadly, he could not even attend his daughter’s swim meets because of the gun used to indicate false starts. The avoidance of social events and strange behavior continued on for the first year and a half. Oftentimes, his wife told him that he was scaring the kids and her. Before the war, Jon was never a violent person. With his clown-like personality, he could make anyone laugh. He truly was a wonderful dad and husband.
After living in fear and missing his old life, he decided to begin MNRItherapy with Peg Johnson. After three sessions with Peg, he returned almost back to normal. Unfortunately, he cannot erase the past, the terrible situations that he faced, and what he saw; but they are mere memories that have been filed on the shelf in his brain. The only residual problems left are his unease with large crowds. Jon oftentimes mutters, “We are a huge target!”
A few years ago, Jon and his wife moved out of state, which stalled Jon’s continuance with MNRI® therapy. She strongly believes that continuing on with the MNRIprogram would have helped him beat his anxiety towards large social gatherings and events. For now, regrettably, they have learned to avoid events with large crowds.
Peg Johnson (Jon’s MNRICore Specialist) began MNRIwork with Jon after his return from Iraq in 2007. At the beginning, Jon displayed many PTSD symptoms such as depression, isolation, angry outbursts, impaired judgment, and unclear foggy thinking most of the time,that were not a part of his previous history. His wife reported that he would often stand outside in the yard for hours looking up to the sky as if he were lost.
To begin the healing process, integration of the primary sensory-motor reflex patterns – Babinski, Grounding, Foot Tendon Guard, and Core Tendon Guard – were chosen for his MNRIrecovery strategy. Initially, Peg and John’s focus was working with grounding, balance, and stability. Integration of the feet reflexes was essential in helping Jon feel safe after witnessing such horrific sights and sounds that come with war.
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