Hang in here with me as I get technical on the brainwave and heart rate issues topic. You may first impress that this is a “yawn” but hear me out. As everyone is experiencing a type of trauma these days, even if it’s this “stay home” trauma it has changed our lives in this moment, it’s still traumatic to our systems.
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. This type of trauma can cause disembodiment – change the harmony inside ourselves.
“The Body Keeps the Score” offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
Renowned trauma expert Bessel Van Der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. Van Der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
The reptilian brain, the oldest of the three, controls the body’s vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance. Our reptilian brain includes the main structures found in a reptile’s brain: the brainstem and the cerebellum. Yoga transforms the heart rate variability in the reptilian brain (primitive part).
“Trauma can leave a body memory imprint and this weights on certain muscles”
Dr. Van Der Kolk explains how trauma can leave a body memory imprint and this weights on certain muscles. He offers guidance in the way therapy on the muscles such as sensory experiences. Other suggestions includes rolfing, a technique of tearing muscles from facia to open up connections, and cranial sacral treatment as a way to reunite ourselves.
If you are interested in learning more from Dr. Van Der Kolk, I highly recommend listening to his interview with Kristia Tibit, “On Being” where they explore more on how Trauma alters the relationship to the body. You will learn how breath and heart are in sync as they discuss heart rate variability, an so much more.**
We will be diving deeper on the emotional awareness and the teachings of Charles Darwin as we explore ways to connect to ourselves and help recover from the trauma we have experienced in the past few months or even years for some. These imprints can come from decades passed down generations, and is scientifically being proven more and more as our world is ever changing and evolving. Stay tuned, and explore, learn and transform with us! We love seeing you here, friends.
**onbeing.org Science & being, healing & trauma & neuroscience