140: Somatic Approaches: Self-Regulation for Mind-Body Well-Being

“A large part of the work of The Mind-Body Stress Reset is coming to understand how important those sensations that run through your body are - coming to value them. I think we are a culture that overvalues our thinking-self and undervalues our feeling-self.” [51:10]     In this episode, Dr. Lourdes Viado speaks with Rebekkah LaDyne about mind-body somatic approaches. Rebekkah discusses how and why exercising and teaching your body ways to respond to anxiety, stress, and trauma are effective tools for your mind-body well-being.      Listen as Rebekkah emphasizes the importance of the feeling-self and the body as tools for self-regulation for individuals who are not benefiting from practices solely focusing on the thinking-self and the mind.     In this episode you will learn: 
  • Rebekkah LaDyne’s personal and professional inspiration for her book. [3:04] 
  • How the amygdala, mid frontal cortex, and prefrontal cortex function in times of extreme stress, anxiety, and trauma. [11:30] 
  • What a somatic approach is. [22:47] 
  • Different approaches to self-regulation using both mind and body approaches. [27:40] 
  • How to recognize when certain approaches to stress and trauma are unhelpful. [39:20] 
  • What the window of tolerance is and how it can inform which type of therapeutic approach is best suited for you. [46:42] 
  Rebekkah LaDyne, MS, SEP, is a practicing Somatic Therapist and Researcher and author of The Mind-Body Stress Reset: Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being. Focusing on trauma and dysregulation, Rebecca’s work has centered on wellness of the mind-body in the face of anxiety, stress, as well as overwhelm and development trauma. She earned her Master’s degree from Saybrook University in Mind-Body Medicine and practices mind-body wellbeing and wellness with the integration of somatic approaches.     Resources:  Rebekkah’s website: www.rebekkahladyne.com or http://www.thismindfullife.info/    The Mind-Body Stress Reset: Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being by Rebekkah LaDyne is available anywhere books are sold.