A myriad of common psychological and physical symptoms—from anxiety and depression to migraines and back pain—indicates a lack of proper functioning in the vagus nerve. Psychotherapists, doctors, bodyworkers, and caregivers alike are confronted daily with the above symptoms.
Stanley Rosenbergs work on the cranial nerves as the key to our psychological and physical well-being builds on Stephen Porges’s Polyvagal Theory—one of the most important recent developments in human neurobiology. Rosenberg’s findings and methods offer new hope that by improving social behaviour it is possible to alleviate some of the symptoms at the core of many cases of autism spectrum disorders.
Drawing on more than thirty years of experience as a craniosacral therapist and Rolfer, Stanley Rosenberg explores the crucial role that the vagus nerve plays in determining our psychological and emotional states and shows simple ways we can regulate the vagus nerve in order to initiate deep relaxation, improve sleep, and recover from injury and trauma.Through a series of easy self-help exercises, the book illustrate how we can optimize autonomic functioning in ourselves and others, and bring the body into the state of safety that activates its innate capacity to heal.