Moving from High Anxiety to a Relaxed State
The following article is taken from a presentation given to the Practitioner Support Network on September 26th 2020:
As a result of emerging from lockdown and continued uncertainty, clients may present with high anxiety and this is likely to be connected to an activated nervous system. Symptoms of high anxiety may include stress responses such as insomnia and feeling over-emotional and perhaps easily roused to irritation and anger. The goal of a treatment plan is to help clients come back to an ideal state which is healthy and balanced.
Features of a healthy ideal state are a relaxed disposition, the ability to be present and enjoy the current moment, while also being in a relaxed state of alertness with the ability to concentrate when required. Sleep will come naturally and a person will wake feeling refreshed.
What physical reactions may accompany high anxiety? Typically, there may be the features of a hyper-aroused state. In this state, the sympathetic nervous system will orient to activation, rather than an ideal relaxed state. Symptoms generally include a surge of the hormone adrenalin, activation of the cardiovascular system and the tensing of muscles and limbs which are ready to move. Similarly a person's digestive system will typically be in overdrive.
Craniosacral therapists help people to return to a healthy ideal state by supporting a person's central nervous system to return to balance by "turning on" the parasympathetic nervous system, through orienting to stillness and drawing on the resources that are present in the body and available to clients' perceptions of comfort. The practitioner will support clearing of the nervous system and facilitate connection to perceived underlying health.
A successful treatment will enable clients to feel they can concentrate better, make decisions
based on enquiry, and be able to regulate emotional responses in a way that feels balanced and secure.