After 50 years of hands-on body-work, training and certification in numerous body-work and feeling release disciplines (See Resume), I have reached the conclusion that the “safe” contact of a sensitive practitioner’s hands with a client’s body is the key to identifying the underlying sources of physical and feeling distress and the quickest and surest path to restoring. Drawing on the body’s own wisdom for health and well being has been part of ancient and traditional restoring modalities since the beginning of recorded time and is a cornerstone of some modern practices. Recent discoveries, however, of brain/body structures and observations of animals in their natural habitats have led to a more complete and “scientific” understanding of how the body responds to trauma and how it can, if properly enabled, can heal itself.
In practice, NSI® is a breakthrough approach to mind-body awareness that combines bodywork with the latest understandings of human neurobiology, especially the activation of the Social Engagement System as described in the work of Dr. Steven W. Porges. NSI goes beyond traditional bodywork approaches to address the underlying neural networks that are responsible for the symptoms associated with trauma and emotional distress. Through intuitive, instinctual touch and observation that allows the body-worker to “tune in” to the neural signals of the client, NSI bypasses symptomatic manifestations of trauma and works directly with the body’s own wisdom to rewire neural networks . Release of stored trauma, postural changes, diminished or eliminated pain, increased flexibility, a new interpersonal openness and socially engaged connections are immediate results of this work.
The body's intricate and pervasive system of neural networks provides a direct link between emotional states, mental images and stories, and physical sensations and symptoms. Where there is stored physical, spiritual, emotional or mental challenges that are corresponding physical indicators, which, if properly addressed, will lead the client into self---awareness, and neural reprogramming. The result, neural somatic integration, is the equivalent of removing arterial blockages or relieving pinched nerves. Energy is released; muscle tension and pain eliminated; mental and emotional distress diminished without lengthy talk or physical therapy
Drawing on the body's own wisdom for health and self-healing has been part of ancient and traditional self-healing modalities since the beginning of recorded time and is a cornerstone of some modern practices. Recent discoveries, however, of brain/body structures and observations of animals in their natural habitats have led to a more complete and "scientific" understanding of how the body responds to trauma and how it can, if properly enabled, can heal itself.
Peter Levine’s observations of animal in the wild, for example, have revealed that the body has a “natural” way of dealing with trauma that leaves the victim without lasting symptoms and dysfunctions. However, in humans the “unnatural” conditions we live in and the cultural programming we have experienced have alienated us from our own natural restoring processes and self---regulating mechanisms. Neural Somatic Integration leads us back to the restoring processes that nature has stored within our bodies. Once we have learned to access this inner wisdom, we are capable of self---regulation and self---restoring.
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