Relieve your animal defenses with Sensitive Psychotherapy

Woman standing in the woods with hands together, meditationSo far, you have probably learned and understand what it means when people use the phrase "race or flight" to describe how our body uses animal protection to keep us safe from the danger. However, people still can not always incorporate this information into a real change of behavior.

Incorporating the "battle or flight" reaction with Sensorimotor psychotherapy

Some basic facts that occur during a sensory-kinetic psychotherapy can help people integrate their knowledge of animal defense through the experience of knowledge in their bodies. These two key elements are: experiencing a remarkable shift from flight or race and doing this online.

Sometimes my clients and I spend the whole session just breathing. Sometimes we spend the entire session focusing on the senses the client experiences in their body as they process the cognitive information. We monitor the micro-movements of these sensations, leaving the body to lead rather than the mind. This always happens when I see my clients really slow down enough to listen to their real needs and desires. It is not to reflect the events of the week or to analyze the reasons why they behaved as they did. It is the fall of several layers in the depth of their experience and the knowledge of their bodies.

Fighting the fight or flight on a physical plane

It is at this deeper point of experience and knowing in the body that we are changing from being in a defense strategy of animals to being in a calm and present state. According to sensory-kinetic psychotherapy, you can not think of your way out of animal defense because the part of the brain that controls your animals' defense (the hypocritical brain) is not involved in the part of the brain that controls the thoughts (prefrontal cortex). Because of this, you must use the body to move away from these animal defense situations. Understanding the protection of animals from a cognitive perspective is often not enough to help you avoid animal protection. You have to face change on a physical level.

Physical psychotherapists teach their clients a series of body interventions that help them get out of animal protection, including breathing, resource resources, grounding techniques, and energy release exercises.

Understanding the protection of animals from a cognitive perspective is often not enough to help you avoid animal protection. You have to face change on a physical level.

3 Ways Sensitive Moto Psychotherapy Soothes your defense

1. Reminds you to look for safe people.

To really learn how to get out of an animal defense like battle or flight, you have to experience and practice doing it – better still, to practice with another person. In fact, one of our most effective defenses is the social engagement system. The social commitment system, according to Stephen Porges, encourages us to get out of a battle or a flight condition only if we feel that there are people in our presence who feel safe.

"When we are afraid, we are dependent on the neural circuits that evolved to provide adaptive defense behaviors before we know what's going on. When, on the other hand, neurobehavior tells us that an environment is safe and that people in this environment are trustworthy, our defense mechanisms are deactivated. We can then behave in ways that encourage social commitment and positive attachment. " -Stefan Ports

You may be related to the experience of lesser emotions and are likely to react when you are around safe friends and family. And when you can test the depth of your fear in the presence of a safe person like the healer, you can also unlock the shackles of shame. Wound and shame come hand in hand. The stigma of struggling to control your thoughts, your body and your actions can paralyze and isolate.

2. It helps to deal with and work through shame.

Brene Brown explains that shame aggravates the painful experiences we have experienced by making us believe that we are not worthy of love because we are struggling.

"Shame is the deeply painful feeling or stubbornness that we believe we are wrong and therefore unrequited of love and existence. Shame keeps away our value by convincing us that having our stories will lead to people who think less of us. Shame is about fear. We are afraid that people will not like it if they know the truth about who we are, where we come from, what we believe, how we fight …"-Bran Brown

Collaborating with a therapist and having a witness as he or she carries out the trauma can help free clients of the extra level of shame that can further prevent healing.

3. Models healthy support through the therapeutic relationship.

Another remedial aspect of working with a therapist to relieve the trauma is the knowledge that another person believes you can manage your system. Responding to this trust often helps children learn how to manage their system during stressful or painful experiences A parent who models punishment or malfunction in moments of pain against a parent who models learning through errors and system setup will produces two very different effects of regulation on their children.

It is important to feel vulnerable to your fear. This process helps reinforce the fact that you will be accepted in the most difficult, that you can manage your nervous system response and that someone believes in your power to manage your system. Physical psychotherapists have the space to have these restorative experiences in the body and in their relationships.

Bibliographical references:

  1. Brown, B. (2010). The gifts of imperfection: Let the people you think you are supposed to be and embrace who you are. City Center, Minnesota: Hajelden.
  2. Ogden, P., Minton, K., And Pain, C. (2006). Trauma and body: A sensory-kinetic approach to psychotherapy. New York: W. Norton & Company.
  3. Porges, S. (2011). The theory of polyvagal: Neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, self-regulation. New York: W. Norton & Company.

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