Book I LOVE! On healing trauma, the nervous system, parenting, & more.

So today’s vlog is a bit different. It’s about the books I love and recommend, over and over again. Now, please know that books do not replace the practical work that one must do to heal and restore health back to the autonomic nervous system. After all, I think it is pretty safe to say that we can’t learn how to do open heart surgery via a “how to manual” in the same way we might learn how to cook lasagna from an Italian cookbook or fix a leaky faucet from a YouTube video.

But that open heart surgeon? When they would’ve started their medical training, they read and studied A LOT of textbooks (and if they are lifelong learners, they continue to refer to old texts and read new material when it comes out).

The same goes with healing trauma and learning how to restore and regulate our nervous system so it can function better: It is not just a theoretical pursuit. Nor is it solely practical. It’s both.

All this to say, books serve as an important first step. ENJOY!

Books I Mentioned:

The Trauma Spectrum. Robert Scaer, MD.

The Body Keeps The Score. Bessel van der Kolk

Nurturing Resilience. Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell

When The Body Says No. Gabor Maté

Scattered Minds. Gabor Maté

Spontaneous Healing. Andrew Weil

Nurture Shock. Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Scared Sick. Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley

Tribe. Sebastian Junger

The Brain That Changes Itself

The Brain’s Way of Healing.

Waking The Tiger. Peter Levine

Vlogs I Recommend:

Feeling Trapped? Why Waking Up The Tiger Is Essential To Break Free:

Playlist for Sample Neurosensory Exercises

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Links

Kathy Kain Interview

Stephen Terrell Interview


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Irene Lyon, MSC. and nervous system expert, teaches people around the world how to work with the nervous system to transform trauma, heal body and mind, and live full, creative lives. To date her online programs have reached people in over 63 countries – but you can often find her teaching with Elia Mrak at their signature Up & Down workshops or hiking in the mountains or along the Pacific ocean in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. She has her Master’s in Biomedical and Health Science and also has a knack for making complex info easy for ALL of us to understand and apply to our lives. She has extensively studied and practices the works of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Peter Levine (founder of Somatic Experiencing) and Kathy Kain (founder of Somatic Practice).

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