The key to self-recovery is an understanding of what is happening when you experience anxiety, panic attacks, dissociation, flashbacks and other heightened states. These are all forms of dysregulation, brought on by a neurological response to triggers. These triggers activate your instinctive trauma response.
The instinctive trauma response is analogous to a tiger emerging from the brush, prepared to protect its organism at all cost. You are that organism. Your tiger is defending you from perceived threats based on a past traumatic experience. It is a mistake to push yourself mentally or physically in an effort to confront trauma head-on. Your tiger must be soothed gently, gradually, and in a safe environment before it is convinced that there’s no present threat to you or to someone you love. The Refuge In Rhythm Technique™ is a rhythmic intervention technique that speaks the language of your tiger. It is the language of the primitive brain. Soothing and re-training your tiger is what the Refuge In Rhythm Technique™ does for you. You are accessing your brain’s natural calming mechanism in order return to a regulated state. With each reversal of your symptoms, you break the cycle of a conditioned neurological response to the past, while moving toward the ability to utilize the higher brain regions when confronted with the same triggers in the future.