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A lot of people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) believe that they are just anxious people. Somehow, anxiety is part of their DNA or part of their personality. Often they have already tried therapy, talking to a counsellor or psychologist, and medication. Some have even tried a range of breathing and relaxation techniques to little or no success.

A few people are satisfied with the fact that these techniques help them manage their anxiety. However, many people who talk to me say nothing has worked and because of this they believe that it is just who they are. They believe they have to learn to live with their anxiety for the rest of their lives...

This is simply NOT TRUE.

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Frequently, people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) come to see me (so I guess a little bit of hope is still present) and are very surprised at how quickly they start feeling better. During our first consultation - as part of the assessment - I give the client their first 'entrainment' (our word for treatment/session) and afterwards they report some subtle and yet profound changes. Usually the first thing they notice is far less tension in their body and mind, or they feel more open and at peace in their body. This can feel a bit strange to them as most people have not felt this relaxed or worry-free for many years. It's an unfamiliar but also a very pleasant shift.

Why do we get such amazing results and why do we get them so quickly?

We see anxiety in a very different way, therefore we address it in a different way. We don't believe that anxiety is a mental illness but rather a nervous system response caused by too much stress.

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When placed under too much stress the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight ‘switch’) can remain on, even when there is no immediate stressors or dangers. The body still remains in a mode when it feels it needs to protect itself.

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Now with the body being stuck in fight or flight mode all the time, it changes many things from your thoughts and feelings to posture and breathing. This is because your physiology is altered. Too much stress can become very dangerous to your health. Often the first warning sign that your stress levels are getting dangerously high are the symptoms of anxiety.

Anxiety is all about too much stress in the nervous system so we address your anxiety by working with your nervous system by turning off the fight or flight switch. We then teach both your body and mind strategies to respond differently to stresses in the future so you become more resilient and more resourceful. So in a situation when you would normally automatically go into worry you will find yourself seeing things in a new calmer, happier way.

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One of the main techniques we use to calm down the nervous system evolved out of a technique called Network Spinal Analysis. The process is called an entrainment where we make very light touches along the spine to cue the brain to find where it is locked up in defense (tensions bound in and around the spine as an adaptive stress response) then process and release this tension. As you become more aware and conscious of how your body slips into stress responses and how to move into the space of ease (with strategies to do this on a neurological body-mind level) far fewer things will cause the stress response to be activated.  When the fight or flight is activated, it will only stay ‘on’ for an appropriate amount of time.

If you will, think of a session with me as turning off the fight or flight switch so it is not always stuck ‘on’ and resetting it so it’s not always firing on hypersensitive mode but only ‘on’ when it’s healthy and suitable.

 

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In the picture above you can see me working with a client. You lie on a massage-like table (fully clothed) and have a session (30min) that for most people transforms their world in the most amazing and profound ways (read some of our testimonials). However, you cannot understand this work by reading about it, any more than you can understand the taste of chocolate by reading about it. You have to taste it to understand it.

If you suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder then I would like to invite you to the practice for a free 20 minute consultation so you can explore how Network Spinal can radically improve your life.

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