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How F.A.S.T Can You Reduce Anxiety?

Reducing or eradicating anxiety seems to be on everyone’s To-do list.


As a South Florida therapist specializing in anxiety, I see anxiety as a personal GPS that can show a person they are out of sync with their potential, be it through actions or their belief system which guides them in decision making. The more anxiety, the more out of sync, the less anxiety, the more aligned you are to your purpose.

One can learn to connect with their truest version of themselves and perhaps even find out the simplest path to reaching their goals. I teach my clients that if they focused on learning from their anxiety, instead of pushing it away, anxiety can be a a huge gift.

I use Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), a clinically researched mind-body stress reduction modality that incorporates muscle testing and Chinese medicine meridians to locate and remove neurological and physiological imbalances (think neurofeedback using your own body instead of a computer) including stress, anxiety, trauma and self-sabotaging beliefs.

Although not every stress reduction technique needs to be insight- oriented, sometimes you just want to feel better as soon as possible. One of the tricks to stress I teach my clients is FAST, the First Aid Stress Tool.

FAST (First Aid Stress Tool) is something people can do for themselves to help relieve symptoms that are associated with mind/body stress. The stressful events we face today are often subconsciously reminding us of old stressful events that have happened to us in the past, and this can cause a recurring stress pattern. This kind of stress pattern is called a conditioned response. FAST comes from a more comprehensive technique called NET, which is used by licensed healthcare practitioners to find the deeper relationship of a stress pattern. Both NET and FAST are focused on eliminating specific conditioned response patterns so people don’t have to keep experiencing a continual reaction to similar circumstances.

In the acupuncture system, organs are associated with different elements (Fire, Wood, Water, Metal and Earth), and these elements are associated with many different emotional responses —

 Fire (heart) can be linked with vulnerability, etc.

 Wood (liver) can be linked with anger, etc.

 Water (kidney) can be linked with fear, etc.

 Metal (lung) can be linked with grief, etc.

 Earth (stomach) can be linked with worry, etc.

With FAST, the person uses one hand to touch three of the wrist pulse points (which represent the organ meridians and cover many of the emotional responses) and then places the other hand on the forehead to cover the two points related to stress (located halfway between the pupil and hairline).

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While touching these acupuncture points, the patient takes a few deep breaths and thinks about their stressful circumstance and, most importantly, deeply feels the uncomfortable stress associated with the situation.

Then the person changes hands and does the same thing using the opposite three wrist pulse points. After a few more deep breaths, the stress-related charge will typically be significantly reduced.

And you can cross it off your To-do list.

For more information on NET contact Jason @954-324-3677 and to download your own copy of how to do the FAST visit

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Jason Wasser, LMFT is a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Addictions Professional and a Certified Neuro Emotional Technique Practitioner. He runs a full service Family Therapy practice in South Florida.

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