The Butterfly Hug is a fantastic self-soothing technique that can be used anywhere, anytime. It was originally created to be used with EMDR therapy but it's also very relaxing on its own!
The butterfly hug is a type of bilateral stimulation because it crosses the mid line (the center) between two bodies. This causes both hemispheres to work together simultaneously, which enhances the coherence of left brain (emotions and creativity) and right brain (logic, patterns, and control).
Here's how to do it:
A different way the butterfly hug used is by placing your right hand on top of left upper arm and vice versa. This will allow you to tap both upper arms at once if it's more comfortable that way!
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