If you are supporting / caring for someone who has experienced extreme trauma and has shut down (activated their PNS Freeze Response) then use of the GKI and HRV Health Zones (both underpinned by Polyvagal Theory) would be of benefit.
Polyvagal based solutions to somatic & mental/emotional trauma:
- Consider VFP Therapy – which is a combination of SSP, HRV and PEMF tools and devices mixed with supportive physical experiences.
VFP Therapy (Vibrational Frequency Programming Therapy) is a new experience that may be delivered as a ‘range of modalities’ rather than a single experience?! As a therapy we use it to support:
- those who are severely affected by trauma, anxiety and stress.
- those who can self-regulate and seek to maximise their creative potential (the gifted and talented)
This post focuses on therapy for those who are more negativley affected.
VFP Therapy seeks to improve behaviour and stimulate creativity and social interaction. It takes at least 9 – 12 weeks of focused support.
VFP is similar to ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) in that it is behaviour led; however, our clear focus is person led rather than environment led. VFP focuses on activation of the PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) and a new cycle of positive experiences that change the ‘Reticular Formation’ so that when the sub-conscious takes control, the behaviours become naturally more positive. This is more effective than a ‘broad ABA’ approach; where the basic principles of ABA consist of environmental variables that impact on behavior. These variables are antecedents and consequences. Antecedents are events that happen right before the behavior, and a consequence is the event following the behavior. As such ABA does not have an emphasis on the individual and on the PNS. When we are supporting individuals that struggle with self-regulation (perhaps because they have shut down and activated their PNS Freeze Response) then the sub-conscious is in control 99% of the time – and the subconscious is not part of the environment.
Therapeutic Home / Work or Educational Setting:
VFP Therapy may be used within any ‘therapeutic setting’ where the emphasis is on recovery and rejuvenation rather than work or learning or other activity – we recognise that people can’t think clearly (or may even be deluded) when their mind, emotions and physical body are stressed – so the aspect of safety, trust and a schedule of positive activity through ‘gentleness’ is our focus rather than anything else.
“Both the giving and receiving of caregiving or love has the capacity to protect, heal and restore – Stephen Porgess”
The ability of the brain to form new ‘patterns for learning’ is crucial for recovery and rejuvination, however, such patterns may be achieved without a direct approach – a more subtle, gentle and holistic approach works much better. We put the individual first rather than the work / home or educational system – so if this resonates with you – read on . . .
For those who are still avoiding the FREEZE ZONE:
VFP Therapy is ideal for those who suffer from panic attacks or who experience anxiety and stress to such an extent that they struggle with life or sleeping; they probably find it very difficult to focus or handle any challenging conversation or situation. The slightest sense of ‘conflict’ requires them to get up and move or become defensive / challenging or retreat into silence. Their sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is constantly on – and this drains them physically, mentally and emotionally.
VFP Therapy is not a ‘talking therapy’ like CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy); and it does not seek to work with a persons negative influencers. It focuses on the now – and through positivity, safety, trust and the freedom to relax and do nothing, more is achieved – indeed, LESS IS BEST! It establishes new positive patterns and cycles of behaviour that retune the ‘Reticular Formation’ to align the sub-conscious with new positive experiences / being.
This solution increases an individuals Optimal Arousal Zone; increases resilience and facilitates positive social interaction and learning – it is suitable for anyone at any age!
The ‘Zone’ (lows and high range) of the nervous system (interchange between SNS and PNS) is more sensitive/narrower once someone has experienced a physical, emotional or mental trauma – the extreme symptom of this is activation of PNS freeze response. HRV (Heart Rate Variability) is one of the best indicators of the mind/body balance in response to stress. Greater stress (intensity and duration) are shown through higher activation of the SNS which shows as High Frequency (HF) readings on a HRV report.
Using controlled (PNS) breathing, through longer out breaths, induces greater PNS activation and reduces stress. The use of fasting and in particular being in the “GKI Health Zones 4, 3, 2 and ultimatley 1” is also an excellent way to activate the PNS. Subsequently, combined use of both of the Health Zones created by Marcus Pearson from Be Super provide insights for better solutions to overcome trauma.
While ‘mainstream’ solutions may help some; even with Epilepsy, ODD, ADHD, Autism or PTSD – there are some that need something different than the ‘norm’ – because for the most part, the ‘norm’ simply ticks the boxes (that is when the norm is focused on linguistic and problem solving intelligence) then the same problems repeat – A NEGATIVE RELAPSE CYCLE OCCURS . . .
We cover all 8 intelligencies:
Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University, suggests that schools primarily educate only two of the eight intelligences described in his book Frames of Mind: logical-mathematical intelligence (reasoning, calculating, and experimenting) and linguistic intelligence (reading, writing, and speaking). Our alternative educational provision nurtures the six other intelligences, namely: naturalist intelligences (discriminating, classifying, and nurturing living things),bodily-kinesthetic (crafting, acting, displaying physical abilities), spatial (imagining, drawing, designing), musical (listening, composing, performing on instruments), interpersonal (empathizing, negotiating, cooperating) and intrapersonal (self-understanding, reflecting, feeling).
Some people can self-regulate; they will sit down and make an effort to become calm and relaxed – in this scenario, VFP can further support them using HRV, SSP technology and EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy).
Some people however, can’t self-regulate! They find it almost impossible to sit down and often need to move around (in order to let out the negative forces within and around their thoughts, emotions and physical body) – in this scenario, VFP can support them by using ‘devices/tools’ that ‘entrain their brain to self-regulate for them – read on . . .
Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field technology may be used to ‘entrain’ the brain and body frequencies to a calmer state. This scientifically proven approach supports those who can’t easily help themselves; furthermore, it can be used without verbal interaction (this is great because quite often talking can further stress such people). 15-30mins of PEMF (using devices such as NeoRhythm, Flexpulse or Earthpulse) may be sufficient external support to entrain the brain frequencies to become calmer. Once someone has been entrained to be calm, they can be further induced to become relaxed, positive, creative and social using HRV and SSP technology. We may also use other therapeutic modalities such as EFT.
This ‘step by step approach combined with supporting body and language tone and a safe and supporting environment is what makes VFP Therapy so effective.
Circumstances may restrict the use of PEMF, HRV and SSP and if so, we may use a more personal and physical approach with gentle exercise, sport, dance and natural movement. Such activities within a restricted speaking and mirrorring supported environment entrain the brain and heart to be calm and induce a parasympathetic tuning.
For those who clearly need a NEW and “advanced therapeutic experience from someone who can deliver results” – VFP Therapy is a practical solution!
So, if you feel the time has come to put a solution in place that deals with ALL THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS THAT MAKE EVERYONE’S LIFE A MISERY – THEN READ ON . . .
If you support or care for someone, be it an elderly person, or a child or young person with:
- Social, emotional and attachment disorders
- Auditory hypersensitivity
- Body disorganization
- Nervous system dysregulation – panic attacks
- Learning, cognition and attention difficulty
- Sensory processing differences
- Stress-related physical conditions / addictions
Or put another way – do you have to support individuals or a small group because they can’t cope with a mainstream work or class environment; do you support someone who struggles to focus or simply cope with anything; do they sometimes appear just deliberately awkward or disobedient or perhaps function as a selective mute; do they ‘seem to freeze or go still and silent’ or hide, walk away, run off or show challenging or strange behaviour; do they give things away, show a lack of care with things that were personal or throw / rip things up and cause stress to family, friends, care staff, educational staff or work / school colleagues?
Are you concerned for their wellbeing and safety. Are you also getting a little stressed yourself having to review safeguarding, risk assessments, EHCP’s, PEP’s and prescription drugs – do you sometimes feel there coudl be a better alternative?
VFP Therapy is a better alternative – you need to try it – because it works!
Through positive emotional (heart) and mental (brain) stimulation and entrainment, we activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System and Reticular Formation to create new positive patterns / cycles of electro-firing neurons that positively influence the sub-conscious – “Neurons that fire together, wire together” – this is why VFP WORKS BECAUSE IT CAN’T DO ANYTHING ELSE
This is scientifically referred to as Hebbs Law –
VFP Therapy combines many other ‘therapies / experiences together’ and introduces them on a linear time line subject to each individuals needs and progression.
VFP Therapy is also part of a BIGGER WELLBEING SUPPORT PACKAGE from Be Super – that includes nutritional support and activation of the PNS through activating Maximum Autophagy –more here.
It is a very focused and ‘micro-managed’ therapy and is only delivered on a 1:1 basis. It is the attention to detail and personal tuning that distinguishes VFP Therapy from VFP#0 – Coherence.
The follow on or next progressive step after VFP Therapy may be one of our Intervention / Pastoral Solutions – click here for more details.
If you have any questions or wish to book a consultation simply ring Marcus Pearson – 07931 326 164
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Marcus and Sharon Pearson