The spread of the SARSCov2 virus presents an unprecedented event that rapidly introduced widespread life threat, economic de-stabilization, and social isolation. The human nervous system is tuned to detect safety and danger, integrating body and brain responses via the autonomic nervous system. Polyvagal Theory provides a perspective to understand the impact of the pandemic on mental and physical health. This perspective highlights the important role of the state of the autonomic nervous system in exacerbating or dampening threat reactions to the pandemic.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TAKE A TOOL AND RUN
Take a Tool and Run with Dr. Heather Corwin
In this May 2020 “Take a Tool and Run!”, we use breath and bubbles to help remind ourselves how to breathe and enjoy simple pleasures. The pandemic is inspiring higher levels of stress and anxiety throughout our global community, primarily because “anxiety is often inflamed when a person is put in a position where they have little power but are expected to make a change or impact in a situation, this is a ripe situation for anxiety to flourish” (Corwin, 2020). As a remedy, diaphragmatic breathing can encourage stress and anxiety reduction through relaxation (Leyba, 2020). Since we can all use support right now, blowing bubbles is a whimsical way to engage with prolonged breath and being in the moment, both are tools to address anxiety. May you seek the support you need, enjoy the knowledge that you are a comfort to others, and know we are in this together.
Corwin, H. “Anxiety, Psychological Tools, and Breath.” Structural Integration: The Journal of the Rolf Institute, in press.
Leyba, E. (2020, May/June). “8 Simple ways to soothe an anxious child,” Psychology Today, 53 (3), 32-33..
-Dr. Heather Corwin www.CorwinCounseling.com. More can be found at www.BodybyHeather.com.
Dr. Heather Corwin’s Take a Tool and Run is a monthly vlog that offers quick and effective tools to share somatic centering practices.
PODCAST WITH MICHAEL OSTROLENK
Michael Ostrolenk is a licensed psychotherapist who completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and did post-graduate studies in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies . He is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets. Michael is Head Instructor for SEALFIT’s Unbeatable Mind Academy as well as a personal development coach. Michael is also the host of #ORadio , a podcast which explores individual and social transformation.
Ostrolenk speaks with Jan Winhall, MSW, a psychotherapist in private practice and Director of Focusing on Borden (http://www.focusingonborden.com/), a center for teaching focusing and focus-oriented therapy. Jan discusses what brought her to the work that she does, her experience with knowing how to listen, and her use of the Felt Sense, the internal bodily awareness that functions as a connection between the mind and body. She also discusses a Polyvagal informed model for treating addiction (https://somaticpsychotherapytoday.com…) she created and the six keys of her clinician model (https://www.focusingonborden.com/model): addicted, chaos, rigidity, play, integrated, stillness.
Winhall is also the author of Understanding and Treating Addition with a Felt Sense Experience Model and In Emerging Practice In Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Innovative Theory and Applications (https://www.amazon.com/Emerging-Pract…). To learn more about Jan Winhall, visit her website (https://www.focusingtherapy.org/for-c…).
Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today (https://www.somaticpsychotherapytoday…), an online resource for all topics related to body-oriented psychology.
BODY MIND SPIRIT
- Basic assumptions about what we do and why we do it May 14, 2020This recording is different from most other recordings in this podcast series. Instead of a conversation, it features Serge Prengel in a short talk. Transcript: The giant “pause” that we are going through is an opportunity to reflect on what our basic assumptions are as to what we do and why we do it. I […]Relational Implicit
- Dave Berger & Joshua Sylvae: How COVID-19 is affecting our work as therapists April 16, 2020In this conversation, we talk about how the coronavirus and social distancing are affecting our work as therapists. We discuss practical details, such as how we use video-conferencing, as well as putting things in a larger context. Read about volunteering to help people support each other in this crisis Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, MA, […]Relational Implicit
Relational Mindfulness with Serge Prengel
Praxis Daily 180 with Lina Mookerjee
Lina Mookerjee has a degree in Engineering, a postgraduate degree in Management Studies and a MA in Jungian Psychotherapy and Healing. For the past 20 years, she has been a yoga teacher/trainer, educator, psycho-spiritual group facilitator and an integrative psychotherapist working with women in mid-life based. She works from her Nottingham base and via Skype. Her expertise of the unconscious, feminine personal power and spiritual archetypes enriches her client-work including with anger, shame and trauma. She particularly enjoys working with the Kali archetype, by challenging inaccurate interpretations and instead offering a more realistic and healthier paradigm to help women. She is a published author, international speaker/lecturer and regular contributor on BBC Radio.
Hi everyone and welcome to Meditation 43.
During times of change, and particularly during uncertainty, we can often feel disconnected from the ground and our own bodies. Staying as present as is possible is key to help you effectively manage the fluctuations as they occur. I like to think of it as a bit like becoming a good surfer as you learn to ride and go with the waves of unpredictability.
This practice is to help you get safely back into your own body and be in the present once more. Enjoy x