What We Do
We believe that the body holds the key to relief from the effects of stress and trauma.
When we experience difficult feelings we also experience physical sensations. There may be a shortness of breath, a quickening pulse, parts of the body that feel tight or cold. Many of these are indications that your nervous system is agitated, out-of-sorts or dysregulated.
When we are feeling relaxed, open and happy, our autonomic nervous system is in its normal or default state. All our bodily functions are operating smoothly, our breathing is easy, heart rate and blood pressure are normal, muscle tightness is released. We smile, we feel connected, we relate well with family and friends.
When our nervous systems are jangled, our ability to deal with difficult situations is reduced and our capacity for emotional and physical pain is diminished.
By learning to recognise the signs of dysregulation in the body we can choose to do some things that will restore balance. By bringing attention to these sensations very often you will notice that they change and ease. As balance is restored we are better able to feel the things that perhaps we have been avoiding or hiding, that are in fact the cause of the dysregulation.
Sometimes life is hard. Situations and circumstances come along that knock us off track. Things that we once took in our stride leave us overwhelmed, exhausted and frazzled. When we experience stress, our bodies and minds respond in ways that are designed to keep us safe and to return us back to a happy equilibrium. But it takes a lot longer to get back to a relaxed state, than the instant it takes us to get stressed. If those stresses keep piling up, one on top of another and there is no recovery time, then eventually things start to fall apart.
We can't avoid everything that might be stressful and sometimes life just throws us a curve ball that knocks us off our feet. But there are things that you can do to help restore a sense of equilibrium and to expand your capacity to be with difficulty.