About Module 7 – Mind/Body Interventions
Heart coherence or heart rate coherence is a pattern of heart rate variation, where heart rate changes in sync with the breath – speeding up on the exhalation and slowing down again on the exhalation. It’s a natural and reflex-like phenomenon – achieving it is not a matter of effort or reasoning, but rather allowing the body to do it and not getting in the way. One of the most interesting features is that emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration can block the rhythm.
Using this as a starting point, this module will show students how to improve a client’s HR coherence and autonomic nervous system function by controlling their breath, using relaxation techniques to minimise stress and improving heart function and HRV through correct parasympathetic breathing.
Mind-body medicine is a term that demonstrates physical, chemical, mental, and spiritual interconnectedness, and currently encompasses a wide variety of techniques, some of which are used as a part of NETT rehabilitation and performance. Understanding and applying mind/body techniques can help clients/patients to improve the physiological functioning of the nervous system, and better balance their autonomic nervous responses.
Specifically, in this module students will examine what it means to achieve a ‘flow state’, different interventions to achieve flow state and how to use both flow state and mindfulness training to better balance the parasympathetic-sympathetic nervous system activity of the body and achieve better pain management and performance outcomes with patients/clients.
Therapeutic tremor is a technique used to give the central nervous system a way to discharging excessive tension from the body. It does so through the initiation of rapid muscle contractions and relaxations in order to calm the body down from an over excited sympathetic state.
Therapeutic tremors promote ANS balance by creating a pattern of contraction and relaxation that releases the built up underlying energy and tension held in the nerves, muscles and connective tissues of the body. By releasing built up tension, the tremor process is using the body’s built in mechanisms to allow the release of sympathetic energy and the restoration of parasympathetic function.
This module introduces the student to the history of therapeutic tremor, the different types of therapeutic tremor currently available, and how to integrate NETT active tremors into a rehabilitative therapy or training program.