In Body We Trust - Supporting the ANS and Healing Trauma September 14, 2019

In Body We Trust - Supporting the ANS and Healing Trauma September 14, 2019


What if the first encounter with trauma happens during the Massage Th session? The Massage therapist can frequently be the first witness of trauma released in the body. The inevitable catalyzing effect of touch is a powerful tool for the educated/experienced practitioner. As reflective individuals, MTs have tremendous potential to become a resource for First Aid to Trauma released in the body and for fostering post-traumatic growth.

In this first class of the 24CE curriculum, we will use Hands-on techniques, Yoga wall props, Neurobics exercises - intrinsic physiological mechanisms for Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System that allow constant access to the healing power of the Vagus nerve. They are pro-active things we can do to promote health and to process stress. 
We’ll, also, add techniques for generating physiological coherence – a beneficial state of mental, emotional and physical balance and harmony.

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This 24 CEs curriculum will prepare the therapist encountering trauma with the following important tools:

1. Embracing the importance of MT feeling safe, stable and centered.

2. Learning how to use safe entrainment with clients -The uniquely long time we spend with the client allows a premise for entrainment between our biological systems. if therapist has a stable strong parasympathetic tone("safe, stable, centered"), he/she provides an option for safe frequency pulling entrainment for the client's Autonomic Nervous System.

3. Understanding Trauma and the educated touch through the lens of Polyvagal Theory- the course will provide comprehensive exploration of the principles of creating safety and stabilization of the ANS through touch and movement- core mechanisms in Massage/Manual Therapy.

4. Acknowledging the importance and the process of establishing professional relationships- referral and rapport, with health practitioners working in trauma field.

5. MT can offer an alternative but unique way to modify temporary sensitization states throughout the interaction with (treatment of) peripheral tissues. This is supposed to produce a biological and neurological cascade of events that change the interoceptive processes, breaking the vicious cycle of an on-going autonomic firing and supporting the shift to autonomic flexibility.