Dynamic Neural retraining system transparent experience by Anne Butters After countless therapy sessions of different modalities, I discovered the DNRS which helps one reframe inner dwelling patterns. It sounded too good to be true. It wasn't. It was that good. The Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ is a natural, drug- free, neuroplasticity-based program that can assist in relieving symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Lyme Disease, Food Sensitivities, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and many other conditions. Many of these conditions are related to chronic stress response and limbic system impairments. The DNRS approach… This strength based, empowerment model of self-change focuses on identifying and interrupting brain patterns associated with limbic system impairment.
It is an independent learning model that assists in regulating a maladapted stress response by systematically changing emotional state, thoughts and behaviors, in lasting ways.
Consistent application of all elements of the program can bring about changes in brain function that result in greater health on physical, mental and emotional levels. Many conditions may have a variety of contributing factors like physical injury, mold or chemical exposure, viral or bacterial infections, emotional stress (from childhood or present day life experiences) and psychological trauma (like divorce or the sudden death of a loved one).
Often times, when combined, these accumulative stressors can create the ‘perfect storm’ for limbic system trauma. The brain becomes stuck in an unconscious flight or fight pattern that changes hormones, chemicals and neurotransmitters in the body. This results in a heightened chronic stress response that may affect many systems of the brain and body. Cognitive function, sensory perception (sensitivities to smell, taste, sound, light), emotional regulation, detoxification, absorption of nutrients or cellular communication can become compromised.
Regardless of the combination of stressors which may have lead to illness, addressing limbic system function is a key component in the recovery process and is often overlooked. When we place our focus and energy on rehabilitating the brain and correcting an unconscious stress response that is at the root of suffering – our bodies can regain the building blocks that are needed for healing. There are convenient disks or downloads available. I went with disks and a convenient portable disk player is perfect for the ease of use whenever and wherever I am! Works great in tandem with the Shamanic services for long lasting effects.
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To increase global awareness of limbic system impairment and provide DNRS as an effective drug-free, compassionate and validated neuroplasticity-based recovery program.
To improve the health and quality of life for those suffering from limbic system impairment by providing them with the tools to retrain their brains, transform their health, and reclaim their best lives.
How Does the Program Work?
The Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ is a drug-free, step-by-step, intensive limbic rehabilitation program that is taught from a platform of environmental awareness. Techniques used in the Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ are based on neuroplasticity therapy, which rewires the limbic system to build more functional neural pathways.
It is the disorganization of neural networks that occur during trauma that can cause deep protective mechanisms within the limbic system of the brain to fire more rapidly and inappropriately. This results in a heightened chronic stress response that may affect many systems of the brain and body, especially those involved with emotion, sensory perception and cognitive function. Additionally, symptoms may include chronic inflammation, poor memory, brain fog, digestion issues, lowered energy levels, numerous sensitivities, chronic pain, and a host of other ailments. Functions such as detoxification, absorption of nutrients or cellular communication can also become compromised.
Understanding how various forms of trauma may have triggered a maladapted stress response in the deep protective circuits of the brain. For many, this can be at the very root of suffering and can be contributing to their overall health and well being. We assist our clients in cultivating the “curious observer” of thought, emotion and behavior patterns that are associated with a maladapted stress response. We teach practical tools that demonstrate how to effectively change and redirect associated neural patterns to kick start the body’s innate healing mechanisms.
Participants are taught a practical step by step process that involves visual, spatial, movement, language and emotional restructuring exercises to regulate the chronic stress response and promote optimal health. This results in a decrease of the firing of threat and protective mechanisms, allowing for the formation of new neural pathways.
As the control center for optimal health, when the brain is working functionally, the body has the opportunity to function optimally as well. This focus on rewiring limbic system function shifts the brain and body from a chronic sympathetic response associated with the fight or flight state into a parasympathetic state, or a state of growth and repair, where true healing can take place.
This intensive program is experiential in nature and integrates components of:
• cognitive-behavior therapy • mindfulness based cognitive restructuring • emotional restructuring therapy • neural linguistic programming • incremental training (a form of neural shaping) • behavior modification therapy
This mechanism-targeted behavioral intervention is based in an affect-science perspective, and focuses on the training of a number of regulatory skills including attention focusing, attention distraction, cognitive reappraisal, emotional distancing and emotion regulation.
Our DVD Series and Online Course runs for 14 hours in total. We recommend dedicating 4 days to learning the program when working with either of the instructional videos, but if this is not possible, you can watch at your own pace.
All formats of the program will leave you with a solid understanding of the limbic system and its function, an understanding of the science of neuroplasticity, and of course, the practical tools you will need to implement to rewire the brain and reclaim your health. For additional support we encourage you to join our Global Community Forum, attend our 12-week group support series, purchase the 5 hour follow up video A Deeper Dive Into DNRS or book Individual Coaching Sessions.
Once you have learned the program content (in either format), we recommend that you dedicate one hour per day to the specific exercise pertaining to the DNRS Retraining steps, for at least 6 months. There are other elements of the program to keep in mind throughout the day.
The one hour a day dedication to the DNRS Retraining steps does not have to be done all at once but can be done in smaller chunks throughout the course of a day. Most of our clients break it up into two 30-minute sessions, three 20-minute sessions or four 15-minute sessions. We encourage you to aim for 60 minutes, while being flexible to do what you can manage at first, and don’t overextend yourself.
You are exercising your brain in ways that it is unaccustomed to, so it is normal for the retraining steps to feel a bit challenging. This is how the brain strengthens to form new pathways. Building new pathways takes time, repetition and reinforcement. Please keep in mind that healing is generally not a linear process and we are here to support you each step of the way.
The DNRS program is designed and intended for adults 18 years and older. If parents of minors wish to help their children implement the program, it is recommended that the parent learn and implement the program themselves first, and as needed, access the support of a Certified DNRS Coach.
The limbic system is a complex set of structures in the mid brain that includes the hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala and cingulate cortex.
It has been described as the “feeling and reacting brain”. It is responsible for the formation of memories and is constantly determining our level of safety.
The Limbic System assigns emotional significance to everything we smell, see, hear, feel, and taste. It is known as the seat of social and emotional intelligence and is the brain’s anxiety “switch”. It is closely integrated with the immune system (our defense against disease), the endocrine system (hormone regulation) and the autonomic nervous system (regulation of unconscious body processes like blood pressure and breathing and also regulates the functions of our internal organs such as the heart, stomach and intestines).
A number of factors can significantly impair Limbic System function such as:
Virus or Infection
Psychological and/or Emotional Trauma
When not functioning properly due to injury or impairment, the limbic system becomes hypersensitive and begins to react to stimuli that it would usually disregard as not representing a danger to the body. This results in inappropriate activation of the immune, endocrine and autonomic nervous systems that can lead to varied and seemingly unconnected symptoms.
This hypersensitivity of the limbic system causes over-firing of protective and threat mechanisms in the midbrain. This can result in distorted unconscious reactions, sensory perceptions and protective responses.
Over time, this state of hyper arousal can weaken the immune system, and affect systems associated in rest, digestion, detoxification, mood stability and can also affect motor and cognitive function.