A page particularly for those new to this area.
Individual exploration and suggestions/feedback are encouraged.
It all starts with the Breath:
Many cultures have breath work techniques for regulation. Here are some pranayamas from yogic traditions (lots of videos are available online):
‘Vu’: Somatic Experiencing Founder Peter Levine’s vagal nerve regulating sound, not dissimilar to ‘Ohm’ – or if you ride a motorbike or drive a classic car then one can also imagine and try to replicate the abdominal hum that that creates:
We are ultimately aiming for a regular, unconcious pattern of 'pelvic floor' breathing - where the respiratory diaphragm is in coordination with the pelvic one, indicating that the organs and connective tissue of the whole torso are integrated.
Other ANS stabilisation/exploration techniques/practices/practitioners:
Clinical Somatics (Hanna tradition)
Recommended: Wai Ying Tham (somatic movement educator with a background in trauma-informed meditative enquiry and restorative yoga). Brunswick West, reconnectstudio.com.au
Recommended: Josh Neeft (who has a physiotherapy and podiatry background and also does visceral manipulative therapy). South Melbourne, Esolab and Thornbury, Inner North Physiotherapy
Dance/embodied mediation such as 5 Rhythms or Open Floor
In particular recommended (both also do one on one incorporating other modalities):
Natalie Poole. Twirling Wolf
Sylvie Minot. Syzygydanceproject
Recommended: Lisa Campbell (who has a physiotherapy background and is also trained in Somatic Experiencing™). Hampton, Bayside Feldenkrais.
Recommended: Beyond Rest
Recommended: Amanda Arnott
Recommended: Annette Lunde.
Recommended: Meran Cassidy. Rolfing in Melbourne
Singing (particularly group singing)
Recommended: Glee Club Singing
Yoga (trauma informed)/ e.g Yin
Books/TEDs/other links of particular relevance to identity/esteem and ANS/emotional stabilisation work:
Ceremony (the importance/power of):
Every Act a Cermony
Siobhan Reddel (podcast)
Emotions and exercises:
The Language of Emotions
Illness as an expression of disconnection/'dis-ease':
Constructing RSI: Belief and Desire
Erwin van Meekeren
Starry Starry Night: Life and psychiatric history of Vincent van Gogh
Memory (and brain/body lateralisation)
Michael Levin and Iain McGhilchrist in conversation.
Perspective/self exploration (and delusion)/connection with self:
Cry of the damaged man.
(An Australian surgeon’s autobiographical account of recovering from trauma.)
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Really any of 'her' novels.
(These are by Agatha Christie writing under a pseudonym around the period of her own existential crisis / fugue state.)
Curious creatures: resources and workshops (Melbourne and online)
Traumatic Stress Institute
Shame and attachment
On Shame in Modern Society and Medicine
Patrick J Carnes
The Betrayal Bond
Is it Love or is it Addiction? 3rd Ed.
Trauma (physiology) specifically:
In an Unspoken Voice
Trauma and Memory
Waking the Tiger
Bessel Van der Kolk
The Body Keeps the Score
Brene Brown (TED talk)
The Power of Vulnerability