Top down or bottom up regulation

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“The Body Keeps the Score”

Knowing the difference between top down and bottom up regulation is central for understanding and treating traumatic stress.

Top-down regulation involves strengthening the capacity of the watchtower to monitor your body’s sensations.

Mindfulness meditation and yoga can help with this.

Bottom-up regulation involves recalibrating the autonomic nervous system, (which, as we have seen, originates in the brain stem).

We can access the ANS through breath, movement, or touch.

Breathing is one of the few body functions under both conscious and autonomic control.

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