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Join Linda Thai, MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL, for this 8-week program that explores and seeks to understand some of the survival strategies we depend on during a traumatic experience. These strategies that kept us alive in the moment can keep us from living in the present. By learning to recognize and safely release the tension patterns of these survival responses, not only is there more ease and openness in the body, but new choices become available for the neuro-muscular system.
Week 1: Finding safety through the orienting response.
July 14, 2020
Orienting to our environment through the eyes (and then through the body) allows the nervous system to land in safeness. Together we will work through eye movement exercises for the orienting response and ocular tension release exercises for the fright-find response.
Week 2: The vitality of the hands, face, scalp, and feet.
July 21, 2020
By releasing tension in the hands, face, scalp, ears, jaw, and feet, we are able to not only come out of a low-grade dissociative response and fright-freeze response, we 2 also able to reconnect to the vitality of our ventral vagal nervous system (social engagement system) which emotes and connects through facial expressiveness.
Week 3: Releasing tension in the neck and shoulders.
July 28, 2020
Gently unwind chronic tension in the shoulders and neck, ears and jaw and restore the body to restful stillness.
Week 4: Releasing the frozen-ness and the flightiness.
August 4, 2020
A simple exercise to release a truncated flight response which can then reset the nervous system and restore the thoracic diaphragm’s capacity for fuller, more restful breathing.
Week 5: Safely connecting to anger, the change-driven emotion.
August 11, 2020
Learn how to safely connect to anger in order to move a truncated fight response and/or an over-active fight response gently out of the nervous system, and restore the nervous system to a peaceful, embodied aliveness.
Week 6: The truncated attachment cry.
August 18, 2020
Explore sighing, sound-based non-verbal expression, humming, toning, singing, and laughter, and finish with embodied, gentle, soundful self-soothing.
Week 7: Actions of attachment.
August 25, 2020
In order to maintain a connection with the caregivers in our early lives, many of us learned to inhibit or have fearful relationships to certain developmental actions of attachment – reaching, grasping, pulling and having. By exploring these movements with curiosity, we may perhaps gain some insight into the missing relational experiences that carry forth into current relationships.
Week 8: Actions of attachment in combination with the six movements of the spine.
September 1, 2020
Explore the six movements of the spine in combination with the developmental actions of attachment – reaching, grasping, pulling, pushing, having, and letting go – to free up the thoracic diaphragm and pave the way for more restful and expansive breathing.