Our unconscious nervous systems begin developing quite early, at around 5 weeks gestation. We are supposed to learn that we have bodies, to be able to feel that body quite automatically and unconsciously, and to take in whatever information is available and that we can process. We then learn the concept of danger, and how to tell when we’re safe and when to be on guard and protect ourselves. When ANY of those lessons don’t get learned, and learned quite thoroughly, we must compensate. That compensation takes time and resources, and enough compensating impacts how we think and feel. Fortunately, we’re now finding that both primitive reflex integration and [learning] proprioception (where are bodies are in space) and interoception (includes internal sensations, for example: itching, pain, need to breathe, drink, use the restroom) quells these anxieties. While we have ways to help rather dramatically, both in classes and private sessions, a tremendous amount can and should be done by you, at home, inexpensively.
Being able to control anxiety is the body’s most important and foundational skill to learn, and if you have anxiety, chances are you are also forced to compensate in other ways. Frequently, dealing with the anxiety will put to rest many other compensations, like depression, social ease, and attention and focus issues, hypersensitivity to sound and more.