The Polyvagal Theory Made Simple

“The only successful Bodyworkers in the 21st Century will be those that are Polyvagal informed”

With the revolution in healthcare that is taking place due to our understanding of trauma, it is essential for all bodyworkers to keep up to date with the neuroscience. The Polyvagal Theory reveals what is the real cause of almost all of the symptoms and problems that our clients present.

The Vagus nerve is the most important nerve in the human body – it connects up all our organs and its dis-regulation is responsible for almost all of our problems, both mental and physical. Vagus means “wanderer” and this nerve wanders throughout our body

Polyvagal nerve - the wanderer

Not only this, but with the overwhelming stresses and strains that are bombarding all of us at the moment (Brexit, Trump, data theft, refugee crisis, global warming, terrorism etc…) it is the nervous system that takes the strain of all this. As therapists we are no more immune to this than our clients family and friends. This bombardment of trauma is one explanation of the many chronic, exhaustive and immune-related conditions that our clients are now presenting with. We are all being exposed to far too much trauma – in fact I have coined the phrase “living in the trauma-sphere” to name the elephant in the room of the recent surge in both mental and physical illness that we are witnessing.

Living in the traumasphere

Over the last decade the single newest theory about our nervous system – POLYVAGAL THEORY – has utterly transformed our understanding of the healing process. This one theory has completely changed our understanding of the importance and centrality of bodywork. It explains:

  • How to recognise each of the 3 nervous system ‘states’
  • How to select the right massage techniques for each ‘state’
  • How to identify which interaction works best for each ‘state’
  • How to know the difference between healthy ‘letting go’ and re-traumatisation

In the 20-minute FREE webinar below, I explain this theory simply and clearly and its implications for bodyworkers. This 20 minutes could transform the way you view the amazing work that you do, and give you a new understanding of both the significance of your touch and how to structure each session with your clients. Click on the image below to access this material now!


Polyvagal Theory made simple - for Massage Therapists

Learn more about how to put polyvagal theory into practice with your clients at Gerry’s MASSAGE FOR TRAUMA day.


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