As humans, we need to move. Physically, frequently, and with HIGH INTENSITY to live well and be healthy.

And yet, for many living with untreated trauma and chronic conditions, the thought of doing something that remotely resembles exercise can seem impossible. 

So today, I’m resharing an important vlog: “Is exercise important when healing trauma?”

I’ll save you the suspense. The answer is YES. 

AND there is a RIGHT way and a WRONG way to bring physical fitness, aerobic capacity, and muscular strength back online when we’ve struggled with these things in the past. 

Interestingly enough, the process parallels how we build capacity and restore regulation to the nervous system—slow and steady in small, titrated doses.

I break it all down in this video re-release. Have a watch right here. 

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my mentors, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais:

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.” 

To your nervous system health!

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Resources I mention in this video:

► You can download my ENTIRE Master’s thesis via this link: – simple go to the ‘my shiny credentials’ section at the bottom of this page, and it is the final link on that list.

Maria Fiatarone

More info on the polyvagal theory and the branches of the nervous system and vague nerve

Additional resources:

Exercise, Unhealed Trauma, Building Up Muscle Strength, and More!

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