How to help the torment of anxiety and PTSD using yoga therapy and mindfulness.
Given that anxiety and trauma are felt in the body and affect the nervous system, my approach here at Paths to Peace in helping those overcome the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety will include 1:1 yoga therapy with mindfulness and compassion based techniques, marma therapy (a touch therapy that calms and balances hormonal discharge after stressful events) and smile and stretch techniques that give messages via the vagus nerve to the brain that all is well in the body.
If you are currently living with the symptoms of anxiety and trauma, the good news is a new approach that helps the body recover as well as the brain, is available in Colchester, Essex, England.
The process involves a consultation session initially and an explanation of the process that is formed around individual clients’ needs, using some or all of the techniques outlined above, as appropriate, over a number of 1:1 sessions.
Contact me via email or call 01206 272453 to learn more about the approach and to book an initial consultation.
Why use the body to treat the symptoms of anxiety and PTSD?
Leading psychologists in the USA are using mindfulness and body oriented techniques in a groundbreaking way in the treatment of PTSD and anxiety owing to ongoing research undertaken by Stephen Porges and his colleagues in relation to the vagus nerve.
Since post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a body based state that sends messages in the form of muscle memory, posture, movement, facial expression and heart signals to the brain, it is crucial to unlearn the traumatic patterning that the body performs over and over again as a survival instinct. This happens each time subconscious stimuli trigger a subtle traumatic memory in the brain. Purely working with the memory of trauma or expressing emotions either in therapy or in public, may trigger the body’s responses massively, leading to hormonal imbalance, feelings of anger, anxiety, depression and often physical illness. A body based approach, given that hormones are in the body, helps calm the fight/flight/freeze responses and tackles the underlying memory that harms the survivor and their families.
Alongside 1:1 therapy, Louise also runs small group workshops and courses for anxiety and trauma in her yurt in Boxted, Colchester, Essex, and trauma workshops for organisations and institutions. She is qualified to teach both adults and children.