403/503 Pathways to Stillness

A Polyvagal Guide

Stillness is an essential element of well-being. Yet many clients live in a state of high alert and a move toward calm sends signals of danger. Feeling safe while being still depends on the workings of the parasympathetic nervous system. But trying to calm the nervous system with the wrong approach can activate survival pathways that quickly pull clients into a state of shutdown. So how can we help clients safely experience stillness and benefit from moments of quiet? In this workshop, based on the groundbreaking principles of Polyvagal Theory, we’ll look at the biology of stillness, try out practices that can help clients safely experience it, and learn ways to seamlessly integrate it into your existing clinical approach. You’ll discover how to:

  • Create a map of autonomically regulating experiences of stillness
  • Help clients safely sequence from movement to rest
  • Use individual and dyadic practices to create pathways to stillness

Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, and author specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma.


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