Polyvagal Theory and the Endorphin Effect

Polyvagal Theory and the Endorphin Effect

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10:30 to 17:30
Personal Growth
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Essential wellbeing strategies for therapists and practitioners

This seminal training teaches the essential strategies of effective mind-body self-care for health and wellbeing. It combines the essence of holistic approaches — mindfulness and body awareness — with the insights of modern psychology and neuroscience, in particular psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), polyvagal theory and gut ecology.

In this training you will learn and experience techniques that can improve your physical and psychological health, and which you can share immediately with clients, friends and colleagues. William will explain the theory behind them.

In particular, you will learn how to trigger — at will, and regardless of circumstances — endorphins, the ‘miracle’ hormones, plus a beneficial cocktail of other neuropeptides that create the physical sensations of wellbeing. Endorphins relax tissue and can anaesthetise pain. These same core strategies are essential too for guiding yourself through the three states of polyvagal theory: petrified, aroused and cooperative. They also soothe an aggravated gut. These techniques can be practised even when you are tired, on overload or in crisis. And when you feel good, they can make you feel even better!

You will learn the precise concepts and techniques for achieving this:

Positive Triggers – Audit and use the thoughts and activities that sooth and boost the neuro-endocrinal system.
Inner Smile – The foundation self-care strategy for sustai
Curled Deer – Be at ease in any situation, build a strong centre and hara.
Biophylia – Utilise the body’s instinctive connection with the natural world to absorb vitality and boost your mood.
Movement – Sustained movement — exercise, dance, stretching, trembling — discharges frozen tension and enables a healthier inner state.

This is an experiential day and a practical oasis of self-care with an approach you can share with others.


About the speaker, William Bloom

William has been a student of the mysteries since his teens, exploring these dimensions through trance, deep meditation, psychedelics, ceremony and reading. His background includes a two-year off-grid retreat in the High Atlas Mountains of southern Morocco, a doctorate in social psychology from the London School of Economics and ten years working with adult special needs — so his metaphysics is grounded in a clear and realistic understanding of human psychology.

He was number 36 on Watkins 2020 list of the '100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People' and is one of the UK’s leading writers and educators in the field of spirituality and wellbeing. With his workshops and trainings, he has helped many thousands of people.

He is the founder and director of the Spiritual Companions Trust and author of 26 books including the international bestsellers Psychic Protection, The Endorphin Effect and The Power of Modern Spirituality. He is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, Europe’s leading eco-spirituality centre, and a trustee of Glastonbury Abbey. He has recently pioneered the first vocational qualification in spirituality and health to be on the government Ofqual Register.

‘William Bloom is a modern western mystic and considered by many to be Britain’s leading and most experienced mind-body-spirit teacher.’ Yoga Magazine

‘Inner peace as easy as breathing. William Bloom has an encyclopedic knowledge of meditation.’ The Independent



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