This approach comes from basic biology such as the autonomic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system and what is the fight, flight response. These systems are designed to help protect us in times of danger and prepare the body to gather energy to deal with the immediate need to survive. Authors such as Bessel Van Der Kolk MD, Daniel J Siegl MD and Resmaa Menakem MSW, LICSW, S.E.P. go through this process and how the body prepares and reacts to the need for survival and what happens when trauma impacts and hijacks these responses. I encourage clients to read if able these authors and a few more to gain a deeper understanding of what is going on. My evolution in the brain/body connection was greatly enhanced after reading these authors works and works by a few others. The common thread in all this is that what has to be addressed first is where a person feels and experiences trauma in the body and then work backwards from the body to the brain and how trauma impacts thinking. It is important to state that trauma is not just the big events that people normally think of, but it is anything that a person experiences as traumatic for them. This also means that even if a person experiences one major event or several small events of trauma, the impact may not be evident for a period of time or it could be felt immediately. What is important is that the trauma is experienced in the body and the body then informs the brain. The issue with trauma is that if left unchecked, the body can be left on overdrive so to speak and thus is looking for danger all the time. In other words the body is never completely at rest so it can rejuvenate. The beauty of working with the body and addressing where problems are experienced within is that people gain an understanding of what is going on. If they gain understanding, they can help others understand them or at least that is the goal.
As I stated above, this is where I am practicing from. The better the body is understood, the better people can begin to understand what and how issues are impacting them. The other great thing about practicing this way is that every persons body is different and responds to approaches differently.