Studies

Third party studies relevant to the cultivation of resilience, the effects of PTSD and the strategies used within The Resilience Zone Curriculum to address trauma and provide the student with enhanced skills in resilience and learning for life.

The Effects of Abuse & Neglect on the Brain

Most adults don’t realize that neglect is a form of abuse. The difference between PTSD developed in the aftermath of war and PTSD developed by women after leaving abusive relationships is that the causes can be even more elusive. Both are several times more likely to develop PTSD if they grew up with an unstable childhood environment. But like many of the scars of war, neglect and psychological abuse are often difficult to prove and often the subject is in denial about how bad it was, because of peer pressure to be dismissive or unspoken family rules to avoid ‘airing dirty laundry in public.’

Impact of Child Abuse & Neglect   by Frank W. Putnam, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, author of over 140 scientific publications and two books on topics related to child abuse and neglect. A growing body of research links childhood experiences of abuse and neglect with serious life-long problems including depression, difficulty with relationships and self esteem, and even major medical problems such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. This study demonstrates how early experiences can arrest neurodevelopment and learning as well as negatively impact psychosocial development. These are exactly the kinds of issues Feldenkrais® can help retrain.

Neurobiology of Child Abuse by Martin H. Teicher, M.D., Ph.D., who directs the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program and is chief, Laboratory of Developmental Psychopharmacology, at McLean Hospital. His recent studies have been of the neurobiological effects of childhood mistreatment and the neurobiology of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This study reveals the alarming connections scientists are discovering between child abuse—even when it is psychological, not physical—and permanent debilitating changes in the brain that may lead to psychiatric problems. The discoveries are a wake-up call for our society, but they may also hold hope for new treatments for abused children and the adults that they become.

Feldenkrais, Learning & Arrested Development

Psychological Training for the Actor by dick McCaw, Royal Holloway, University of London, Drama and Theatre Studies Department, Faculty Member. Studies Neuroscience, Performing Arts, and Drama. Often, for women who have lived with abuse, there is the sense of being a fraud, which is like going through life acting as if, but forever being afraid of being found out. In this article from Performance Research, McCaw outlines how Feldenkrais helps rewire the brain for learning and addresses arrested development, and how the Method can release the spontaneous self that often lies hidden underneath the socially imposed, arrested self. Ironically, one of the ways women get free of abuse is to say, ‘No!’ like they mean it, perhaps for the first time in years, which, initially, requires acting, until it feels normal to stand up and have boundaries…

Australian Feldenkrais Guild submitted by the National Council of the Australian Feldenkrais Guild to the Australian Government substantiating its significance to health care: that it is an effective, cost efficient, safe modality with a broad spectrum of health promoting qualities, not the least of which is it’s capacity to teach self-management, backed by 30 years of studies and modern advances in neuroscience.