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Our nervous system (autonomic nervous system) is a genius bit of biology that has worked seamlessly and tirelessly to keep us alive for millennia.  

The role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is to regulate things like heart rate, digestion, and respiratory rate. Within the ANS there is the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers the 'fight-or-flight' response, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes 'rest and digestion'. 

Much of the information delivered via the nervous system is via the vagus nerve.  It plays a crucial role in regulating the parasympathetic nervous system, influencing heart rate, digestion, and respiratory functions. It also affects emotional regulation and social connection, making it vital for overall physiological and psychological health.

Polyvagal Theory therapy uses techniques that enable us to understand and befriend our nervous system.

As we go about our daily business, moment to moment, we are fluctuating between these systems in response to our outside experiences (car backfiring, child crying, relaxing in the sun).  Sometimes however, in response to a previous experience such as an illness or trauma or due to ongoing difficult situation in our lives, we can get stuck in either our sympathetic or autonomic nervous system in a way that causes us ongoing distress.  

How can Polyvagal Theory therapy help me?

Working together we will enable you to map your own nervous system by becoming aware of yourself and your nervous system 'states'.  This new found awareness gives you choice and choice gives you freedom.

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