My somatic work is build on the foundations of Polyvagal theory, a proven neuroscientific approach to healing and retaining the autonomic nervous system and unconscious mind (the body).
The shaking, swaying and neural tremoring you see in footage of my clients is induced by the nervous system. It is extremely safe, and is induced neural hormonally through the signalling of the chief neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system, named Acetylcholine
This neurotransmitter, which also acts an endocrine hormone, plays a significant role in memory, learning, attention, brain wave frequencies (theta waves, where we access the subconscious mind), sleep (associated with REM), maintaining rapid eye movement, arousal and involuntary muscle movement at a neuromuscular junctions and nerve cell synapses. It essentially acts as part of the brain’s reward system. In fact low levels of this transmitter is rooted in Alzheimer’s (proven scientifically).
When our parasympathetic thread is active, Acetylcholine signals a relaxation and anti inflammatory response and blocks stress response. It gives the electrical signal to release the energy behind stress, tension, pain and trauma that is lodged in the neural pathway throughout the somatic system (nerve cells, fascia, skin, connective tissues, skeletal muscle, glandular and endocrine systems).
Essentially, it activates our inbuilt healing system. What you see here is stress energy (both glucocorticoids such as cortisol, and catecholamines such as adrenaline and norepinephrine) being released from the body. It is doing this through the secretion of various hormones that counteract the energies of stress and pain. Here I refer to oxytocin, serotonin, melatonin, endorphin, prolactin, adenosine, growth hormone.
We all have this inbuilt system, as do all mammals. Neurogenic tremoring is how we “shake off” mobilised energy. As humans we are super intelligent and can cognitively block this healing process, through various dissociative means eg not processing emotions, numbing out on pain meds, relaxers, beta blockers
The body holds the cognition of past painful experiences and the pain/stress energy induced by the experiences remains there until we process out and complete what’s known as the “trauma cycle” in the autonomic internal system
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