From my years of clinical experience and exposure to neuroscience and ancient healing techniques, I have developed a new modality of healing that I’m really excited to share with you all. Neuro Rocking Release Therapy or NRRT® is a form of gentle body work consisting of bilateral movement stimulation for brain and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) reset and is designed to increase emotional regulation and wellbeing, reduce physical and emotional pain and restore balance.
Bilateral brain stimulation is achieved by using visual, auditory or tactile cues which occur in a rhythmic left-right pattern. For example, visual bilateral stimulation could involve tracking a moving light alternating from left to right and back again. Auditory bilateral stimulation could be using headphones to listen to sounds that alternate between the left and right ear. NRRT® uses both tactile and auditory form of bilateral brain stimulation whereby the body is moved in gentle rocking motions from side to side and towards the end of the session sound is introduced.
It's instinctive to rock a baby when they are distressed or seeking calm and sleep. A rocking chair or hammock or the movement of the ocean are well known to have relaxing effects. People with some types of neurodivergence can often be found rocking as a way to soothe themselves due to sensory overload or overstimulation. It’s an innate instinct. That’s our body’s way of telling us that this kind of movement is important to our wellbeing.
Bilateral stimulation helps to channel electrical activity to both sides of the brain at once. The whole attention is held by this whole-of-brain activity, so the receiver is immediately able to let go of whatever distressing thoughts and feelings were occupying that space beforehand. The brain literally can’t focus on those things in the all-encompassing manner that it was, and with the fear removed, they can begin to experience a sense of safety, ease and peace. This is why NRRT® is particularly helpful for those suffering with anxiety, stress, depression or PTSD.
Physiologically, rocking increases circulation and spreads oxygen around the body which reduces inflammation and in turn, pain. Like emotional distress, physical pain activates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), the fight/flight/freeze response which can increase muscle tension and cause us to lock in our pain with rigidity and decreased or compromised range of movement. NRRT® releases endorphins that cause the SNS to ease, meaning that we can physically relax our bodies and feel less pressure through our musculoskeletal structure.
Bilateral brain stimulation is all about rhythm and oscillation, contraction-expansion, left-right, yin-yang, logical-creative and any other dualities one can think of. The two sides of the human brain are thought to control different functions and there is a huge difference in how they process information. But, as with many seemingly separate entities, they are absolutely interconnected and NRRT® improves the communication pathways between the two brain hemispheres.
Life is rhythm! Rocking helps people connect with their body’s rhythm. Combining and experiencing slow and fast movements through the NRRT® helps to complete the oscillation spectrum map of each individual, bringing a deeper sense of integration within their own skin.
NRRT® can be applied on its own or as part of another treatment, be it talking therapy, osteopathy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massage, rehabilitation, speech therapy etc. It can be an excellent addition to any form of therapy as it gets the receiver ready and open for healing in whatever modality it presents. This is why I am teaching this technique to other professionals, so that they can add NRRT® to their toolkit and see the profound impact that I have seen with my clients.
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