In our modern day world, you don’t have to look too far to find a source of stress. A noisy neighbour, a traffic jam or an argument with your partner can take you down the same fear pathway as being chased by a tiger. It’s no wonder many of us feel chronically tense. I believe we all need to learn to be a bit more ‘mammal’. And in doing so, we can actually ‘trauma-proof’ our brains. Time to be more ‘mammal’… When an antelope escapes the jaws of a predator, it picks itself up, has a good shake and then carries on munching grass like nothing happened. Very quickly, the... Read More
Here is great article on the history of research into emotion by Lisa Feldman-Barrett: ‘Construction theories of emotion are an ambassador for an entirely different view of human nature. Your mind cannot be a battleground between animalistic emotions and rational thoughts, because the brain has no separate systems for emotion and cognition.’ The classical view of emotion ‘says that you are an animal at the core, at the mercy of automatic emotions that you regulate by that most human of abilities, rational thought. This view of human nature is deeply embedded in society. It’s in the legal system, which distinguishes between calculated crimes, such as first-degree murder, and crimes of... Read More
Memory is a complex perception How does memory work? Why does it get confused in trauma? When trying to recover from overwhelming experiences it can be helpful to understand how memory works, particularly how memories are related to feelings in the body. There are folklore phrases such as ‘muscle memory’ and ‘cellular memory’ that can be very useful but need to be applied carefully. They speak to the importance of information stored in the body. However it is essential to understand that for the information to be available to our awareness, our brain needs to be involved in processing the patterns of information flow happening in the body. Where the... Read More
Containment for Freezing, Flooding, Dissociation in TRE Below is a mneumonic to help remember responses to contain someone who is freezing, flooding or dissociating in TRE. These work as principles for the TRE Provider who is running a group or supporting an individual, but work equally well if adapted slightly for the person who is getting activated. O M G Its scary when people get activated Probably best to avoid going ‘Oh My God’, try Orient, Mobilise and Ground Activation, as used here, means increasing arousal is triggered as the neuroceptive circuits detect threat. Neuroceptive circuits are that part of our nervous system that is always checking ‘Am I Safe’? ‘Neuroception’... Read More
Body Maps and Interoception Click below for an interview I did with the wonderful Brooke Thomas. Brooke runs the Liberated Body website: ‘Liberated Body is 100% in service of helping people to reduce or eliminate pain, normalize range of motion, and embrace their body’s full potential by returning it to the happy, fully functional, badass state that is its birthright.’ http://www.liberatedbody.com/steve-haines-lbp-015/ ‘Steve Haines talks about Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, body maps and how they become strange or distorted, interoception and why there is more pain in areas that we have less interoception about- or are more poorly mapped, the huge role the vagal nerve plays in our bodies and our sense... Read More
The groups have proved very popular over the last couple of years. I am pleased to announce that there will now be approximately two groups a month. Cheda Mikic, Level II TRE Trainer, will be running the extra groups. I know Cheda well as a craniosacral therapy colleague and more recently in the TRE field. He has a huge experience in the field of alternative medicine. He has run successful TRE groups in Italy and will now be spending more time in London. I can highly recommend his work. You can access his biography here: TRE Trainers You can see the new schedule here: London Groups The new dates with Cheda... Read More
Click on the image above or use the original link: http://www.zie.nl/video/opmerkelijk/Geitje-faket-flauwvallen/m1mzwwlf6tvg This is a great video of a baby goat going into something similar to a freeze response. Notice how stiff its back legs go after being scared. Stiffness coming into a limb is a sign the person is freezing and going too quickly when they are tremoring. Mobilise the person (get them to move and activate their limbs) and/or socially engage the person (ask them to make eye contact, ask them a question) to help bring them out of the immobilisation/ freeze response.
Lovely video of TRE in a traditional cultural setting, I think in Brazil, but not sure. There is a nice description in the commentary of integrating a spiritual journey into the TRE process.