Understanding the Body’s Safety Circuit

Welcome to this course with Deb Dana

PART 1 – Science and Research – Theory Concerning the Genesis of Myofascial Trigger Points

Wednesday, July 15th at 19h UK time
  • Contraction: Pulling it all together – A new hypothesis concerning the pathophysiology and aetiology of myofascial trigger points
  • Tensegrity
    • What it is and why it matters
    • Biotensegrity
    • Living tensegrity
    • Organic tensegrity
  • Biotensegrity and myofascial pain – Why and where it hurts
  • Ruling out visceral pain

In this first session, we will explore the embodied, environmental, and relational pathways of neuroception. Using the safety/danger equation we will identify cues of safety and danger and discuss ways to re-balance the equation to create the conditions that support practitioner-client connection.


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This second course unit will explore the ventral vagal state as the necessary element for connection and co-regulation. We will discuss how to find the right degree of challenge to shape the nervous system toward regulation and connection, practice ways to anchor in ventral vagus and use the pathways of the social engagement system to invite clients into connection.

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In the final course session we will use two questions that guide practice — What does my nervous system need in this moment to be anchored in regulation? What does my client’s nervous system need in this moment? — to look at the ebb and flow of connection in a session. We’ll engage in practices that support listening to the nervous system and using what we learn to inform therapeutic choices.

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