After experiencing trauma, our nervous system might get “thrown off,” and we may have difficulty accurately neurocepting safety and danger. That is, we may sense things are dangerous when they are really safe and feel things are safe when they are actually dangerous. This can have a big impact on our quality of life because we may overreact to triggers, regularly suffer from the unpleasant sensations of hyperarousal, or fail to adequately protect ourselves when we need to.

However, we can “recalibrate” our nervous system using a technique called Sensorimotor Sequencing so that we can more accurately perceive safety and danger and respond more effectively.

In this video, Dr. May will describe the Sensorimotor Sequencing technique in detail, which involves observing and describing physical sensations of hyperarousal and watching as they move, change, and settle. A few practice exercises are provided.

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