By the end of each session, the memory I had focused on had gone from being highly charged to being somewhat neutral: like a scene playing out on a screen but disconnected from my emotional responses.
EMDR isn't about opening up a Pandora's box. It isn't necessary for us to do a spring cleaning of every traumatic memory. It doesn't involve exposure therapy, which can be very difficult to go through and in that sense is a lot more gentle than other approaches.
As I recalled one memory from my early childhood that was hazy and incomplete, I started to get a severe trembling in my right leg. The sensation caused me to remember that I'd been standing on a chair and was nervous about falling off.