Functional Freeze Explained

I’ve been wanting to make this vlog for a while, so I’m excited to share it! The topic is all about functional freeze, what this means, how it gets embedded into us (often from a very young age), plus some important steps for breaking out of it, and getting ourselves back online and back to the land of the living once and for all.

Resources to compliment this vlog:

Polyvagal Theory Explained:

The Basics of Orienting:

On letting the body “take over” when practicing mind-body work:

Raising healthy humans starts here:

Why shaking isn’t enough, how functional freeze can show up, healing early trauma, and more:

How to come out of a chronic freeze response after repeated stress & trauma:

Robert Scaer’s Books.


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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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