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This book contains many wonderful exercises based on the author's knowledge of polyvagal theory. I will adapt many of these into my practice. The book's contents would have been much stronger if the author had stayed away from trying to describe approaches that are more related to expressive work. Describing movement-based practices through cognitive frameworks and linear timelines reveals the author's lack of experience in these areas. The arts are more complex than drawing a picture of something you want to have happen. In reading these sections, I could really feel this author struggling to help readers tap the implicit, but lost in just how to go about that. Maybe a second edition will take on these practices in a more resonant and authentic way.
I have just received my copy of Deb Dana's newest book and am trembling with excitement. Deb was kind enough to share early versions of her polyvagal exercises and allow the agency where I am Chief Medical Officer to pilot using them. We used Deb's exercises with the staff of our psychiatric residential facility, the children who had experienced developmental trauma, and the parents who are raising those children now. Most all found the polyvagal theory to be an eye-opening explanation for what had been happening emotionally with the children and the adults. Most all found that the exercises helped them to take control of their autonomic nervous system, and move "up the polyvagal ladder" to states of open-hearted connection and wisdom.
I will make sure to report back once I get a chance to dive into how Deb has expanded on her explanations and created additional exercises.