Navigating the Nervous System

Thursday, March 25, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Description 

The nervous system affects nearly every aspect of health. Our brains are wired to respond to danger. Overwhelming experiences can cause us to get stuck in the danger-response mode. You'll understand the basic biological reasons for emotions and stress, and gain compassion for yourself and others. We will practice monitoring and consciously affect one's own nervous system, as well as how to use mindfulness and other tools to heal trauma. This material is very relevant to yoga, Aikido and other martial arts, spirituality, and every type of personal growth work. Past attendees call it "simple yet life-changing."Using this information, you will be able to notice clues about your client's nervous system, and practical ideas for how to help them feel at ease. We will discuss "trauma-sensitive bodywork," in other words how to create a safe experience for everyone. We will also discuss some ideas for how to work with highly sensitive people or people who have a dysregulated nervous system. 


Karin Wagner
Rolfing Portland

Since 2008, I have been teaching 90-minute classes for the public on topics such as sitting, posture, feet/shoes, and the nervous system. Since 2015, I have offered several "small group mentoring" sessions per year to new SI practitioners, sometimes with a topic planned in advance and sometimes with topics that spontaneously evolve. I have assisted for Jon Martine, John deMahy, and Michael Polon. Prior to my career as Rolfer, in college, I worked for the IT department and on my own initiative convinced my boss to let me teach 90-minute workshops on basic computer skills for faculty and staff, to address some of the common problems that frequently arrived at the help desk. I mention this because it shows that my passion for teaching is not limited to SI. I teach when I see that people can benefit from what I know. 



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