OK, so here’s some information that is hopefully useful for those of you struggling to sleep. I’m not going to cover standard stuff like:
I’m assuming that you’ve already tried this stuff and have got nowhere. I’m familiar with two types of insomnia:
Both can happen either from when you first start to sleep, or when you wake up early in the morning, say at 2 or 3 am. In my experience the “super-busy mind” one is the easiest to treat. It can be thought of as awareness being trapped in the head, unable to get back down into the body so the person can sleep. This can be a result of an energetic blockage at the throat level, effectively imprisoning awareness in the head. In the video above I detail three ways to treat this throat blockage with Bioenergetic techniques. These are:
OK, that’s stuff for the busy mind type of insomnia.
Now, for hypervigilance, in my experience this is to do with subconscious fear held just below the level of our awareness. Repressed psychological material from the past may be surfacing and there is a conscious fear to really feel it. The mind starts to project it outside from itself and believes it has to stay alert because a threat is nearby.
You can try this stuff above, but for this type of insomnia what invariably works in my experience is to really try to turn around to face the issue, whatever it is. Go to a therapy group, do an emotional expression workshop, do the Humaniversity AUM Meditation, anything where you have to really get into it on a feeling level. Veeresh, the founder of the Osho Humaniversity in Holland, developed a great technique called Flushing (based on the work of NY based therapist Dan Casriel). I have found this to be a fantastic treatment for both the above types of insomnia. But you do need to learn it from a therapist, unfortunately.
If you’re interested to do a session, as a way to overcome insomnia, feel free to get in touch with me. I’m in Brighton and Dorset in the UK.
Find out more about Bioenergetics here – Bioenergetic Exercises