He showed how fight and flight reactions within the baby leave rigid jaws and tongues, tight fists, cramped arms, turtle-shell-like necks and shoulders, and contracted bodies. He also shared how stuck places in the birthing process would leave their unique torques within the body. He taught us the main techniques that he uses to bring the babies back to a relaxed and healthy state.
Finding a teacher with a lot of experience, good hands, mindful relational skills, respect for the body's security system, and the ability to convey theoretical aspects of bodywork in an accessible way is quite a gift.
We watched him work in six baby sessions, and the changes were immediately noticeable. Some of them seemed magical. He shared with us detailed anatomy, physiology and practical aspects of the work. I'm feeling blessed to have participated in the class.
The class was hosted by Kate White, who is passionate about changing the state of
how babies arrive and are welcomed on our planet. If you know anyone with a baby who needs help, or would like to know more about working with babies, Kate is an incredible resource. She shares a lot on Facebook, and her website is BelvedereArts.com. She has a monthly free baby clinic in Charlottesville, and a private practice in which she mainly sees babies and their families.
An example of the breadth of her work is today's noon lecture (see link for more) that she has arranged, on babies, parenting and neuroscience with Mark Brady.
I love the idea that the compressions and contractions -- the points of overwhelm
-- left over in our bodies and beings from previous trauma like a difficult birth can be reached in present time (even though inner and outer defense systems can multiply with the passage of time). The body has a blueprint for original health, and the imprints from trauma don't need to stay forever. It is so precious for someone like Dennis or Kate to work with an infant right away, so that they don't need to suffer through the physical and emotional patterns that are developed from untreated issues, which can last a lifetime if left alone.
I very much appreciated being in a class with other students who were fascinated by the polyvagal aspects of healing work. The fight, flight and freeze details that show up in physiology and other areas of our life as consequences from undigested life experience are endlessly fascinating.
From Brigit Visknins. See more about her at Alchemical Alignment