• Calm Your Brain, Heal Your Gut

    Calm Your Brain, Heal Your Gut

    60-minute live class, $49

    Next class – Fall 2021

    The Transforming Anxiety Basic Skills is not a pre-requisite for this class, but if you have long-standing anxiety, the Basic Skills class will give you the best foundation.

    Why this class?

    We all know that anxiety, especially intense and prolonged anxiety, is bad for our health. One thing that does not get a lot of attention, however, is how anxiety affects the digestive system.

    The limbic system is the part of the brain involved in our behavioral and emotional responses, especially our survival responses like fighting or running away from a predator. When the limbic system senses a threat, it sends messages to the nervous system so that we can respond.

    The nervous system has 2 branches, the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest). The sympathetic branch primes us for action. Muscles get tense, eyes get bigger, breathing and heart rate get faster. Metabolic resources are diverted away from things that are not that essential in the moment such as digestion or immune system function so that we can have all of our resources available for taking action to survive. The parasympathetic branch returns things to normal after the threat is over. Muscles relax, heart rate and breathing slow, digestive function returns.

    If we constantly feel under threat, if our fight-or-flight stress systems are in a state of chronic activation, the part of the nervous system responsible for digesting our food, absorbing the nutrients, and moving things through our intestines is not functioning properly.

    So what about today? We don’t have hungry tigers roaming our world, but we do have plenty of other things that can feel threatening. Watching the news can fire our limbic systems. So can financial insecurity, worrying about our children’s safety, or unresolved past emotional issues or traumas. Even our self-critical thinking can make us feel like we are in life-or-death situations if it is intense enough.

    The result? Digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, chronic diarrhea or constipation, bloating and gas, acid reflux, or feeling like your food is just sitting like a lump in your stomach.

    What you get

    This is a live Zoom class. You can have your camera on or off and you can participate as much or as little as you like.

    In this class you will learn:

    • Why your nervous system does what it does
    • The profound connections between the gut and the brain
    • Simple, reliable techniques to calm the anxiety response
    • How to change how you eat for optimal digestion

    You will also receive:

    • Recorded pre-session material to familiarze with the concepts we will be covering
    • Handouts with notes
    • Copies of the technique instructions and worksheets we use
    • An invitation to join the private Transforming Anxiety Facebook group, where you can as questions and get support as you practice implementing the skills you learned

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