I found myself sitting in a small, underground room, illuminated by fluorescent bulbs. The air reeked of an old-fashioned smell, probably piped throughout the building. This scent, along with the hot pink doors on the toilets next door, took me to an earlier era – but not early enough.
The presenter began his introduction to Organic Intelligence, a leading-edge, body-based therapy for shock trauma. He shuffled through slides as he ambled across the front of the room, explaining how the human nervous system was designed for the reality of the hunter-gatherer period, not for our speedy, complex, and uncertain modern world.
Stress and Your Nervous System
Thus, nervous system dysregulation can impact almost everyone in these busy times, not just those subject to the distress of trauma.
When your nervous system is regulated, you’re able to respond to perceived danger in an appropriate manner and then return to a baseline of calm. These days, perceived danger can be anything from a nasty comment to fear for your job. More and more people find themselves constantly stressed with little recourse for turning down the frazzle.