Join a new revolution in health so you can become trauma-informed, learn the language of the nervous system, and discover what it takes to become your own medicine.

(no medications or meditations required!) 


Your nervous systems governs everything – your cells, your blood vessels, your immune system, your endocrine system, your muscular system, your digestive system, your brain and brain signalling pathways … everything!  

The only problem is that most of us are trying to heal ourselves and “fix our problems” without FIRST taking care of our nervous system. Which means all that work we’re doing won’t be able to give us true, lasting change & relief.  

That’s why it’s time for YOU to tune up your nervous system.  


The 21 Day nervous system tune-up is a self-study virtual training program that blends cutting edge neuroscience with crafty neurosensory exercises – all designed to spark up your nervous system powers by helping you discover the mind-body-environment connection.

For 21 days you’ll get an email every day that includes ONE of the following:

  • 9 Powerful lessons that blend cutting edge neuroscience with sensory awareness movement lessons designed to spark up your nervous system powers and unlock your most remarkable self!  
  • Easy-to-follow audio exercises that can help you get IN your biology on a level that can allow you to shift into rest and relaxation mode.  
  • Vital nervous system science via my signature video training (this training in itself can change how you see your past, present and future).  
  • Daily educational videos that can enlighten and educate so you are primed for the daily teachings and biological embodiment practices. 
  • Support via our course site, where my professional colleagues, all trained in Somatic Experiencing, answer your ‘tune-up’ questions on a weekly basis.
  • A place to connect with others on this healing path (via our course site) so you can swap stories and support one another as you journey along your nervous system apprenticeship.

We really can’t go on this journey alone. It takes support. I’ve put the steps in place so it doesn’t have to be confusing. I invite you to discover for yourself the power of nervous system regulation and healing at this core level.

Join this stellar community of nervous system trailblazers and get started today!




  • Digestive and immune system troubles. 
  • Chronic pains and illnesses.
  • Habits and patterns that drive you (and the people in your life) crazy.
  • Emotional symptoms, like depression, anxiety and stress…
  • Fatigue and brain fog.
  • Difficulty forming lasting, healthy relationships.
  • Mental roadblocks, fears, and resistance that paralyze you from doing what you know (deep down) you’re meant to do.


emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Accept your good, bad and ugly emotions without judgement or that nasty toxic shame. Learn how to express emotions like anger and frustration in a healthy way.

Immediate  Stress Relief

Immediate Stress Relief Get fast-acting tools for immediate stress relief so you can file away those sudden bouts of anxiety, panic and worry like they’re going out of style.

Better  Sleep

Better Sleep Sleep soundly at night like a healthy happy baby. And wake up feeling fully rested! 

Boosted  Immunity

Boosted Immunity Rather than taking your usual four weeks or more to recover from that pesky common cold, you bounce back fast within a day or two. And instead of being forever frustrated with your body’s repair system – you praise it every time you get sick because you can feel it act on a dime helping you stay sharp and on your toes.  

Better  Sleep

Elevated Energy Levels A tuned up nervous system is like teflon for stress. When you learn how to repel stress in a heartbeat, you don’t waste your energy stores keeping it inside of you. This means that all those things you never get to do because you are always so darn tired.. well, you finally get to do them!  

Regulated  Gut Health

Regulated Gut Health Experience a digestive system that digests food properly so you can poop with ease and stop your funky cycle of constipation / diarrhea. (Yes, I bring this up because it’s more common than folks care to admit!)



My signature 5-part biology of stress video training series 

When my clients learn about their biology – and like really learn, from the inside out – something special happens; by understanding what’s happening (in their biology) they fear it less – the stress, the anxiety, the pain, etc. This opens the door for change to happen at a deep level.

Video 1

Autonomic Nervous System 101: The function of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and why they need to work together.

Video 2

African Safari Time: Learn how animals naturally release stress so that it doesn't stay stuck in their system and make them sick.

Video 3

Vagus Nerve 101: Why you can blame your parents for your shortcomings.

Video 4

How toxic and accumulated stress show up in the body: An important wake up call!

Video 5

Healing the human predicament: Why nervous system regulation at a global level is critical right now.


Nine of my handcrafted neurosensory exercises 

You’ll get nine practical audio lessons designed to spark up your nervous system powers.

The Power of Orienting

Reset your stress levels in seconds by learning how to pause, slow down and look around.

Following Your Impulse

If you find it hard to trust your intuition and lead with your gut, then this simple practice may just knock your socks off! It's time to get back to your body's most basic impulses.

Finding Your Potent Posture

This handy little exercise can give you a whole new way of improving your posture that's functional, dynamic and I dare say… a little unusual. Plus, you'll discover what babies can teach you and why their learning process is sharp and smart.

'Multi-Tasking' Awareness

Building resiliency and realizing our potential means being able to bring multiple streams of intention and attention into one moment in time, while still staying easy in our breath and connected to the ground. Here you get to experiment and explore this concept of 'multi-tasking' awareness so you can improve your nervous system capacity.

Balancing Your Back

Muscular tension and overall body stiffness is a nasty by-product of too much sitting in one place, not a lot of varied movement in day-to-day life, and quite frankly, not enough active play out in nature. This gentle exercise can be the equivalent to taking a movement meditation vacation for your entire spine and also your mind. It can help iron out the kinks and melt away tensions.

Tense & Relax

Mindfulness training and meditation is hot stuff these days, yet so many people struggle with it. With some clever guidance and learning how to go INTO the tension, this exercise can teach you how to feel the tension as a way to release it. The result when you do this: MORE RELAXATION.

Containment and The Self-Hold

Healthy connection to self and the ability to self-soothe are key components of a resilient nervous system and a good life. This neurosensory exercises brings often unconscious, yet helpful behaviours, to the forefront of our awareness so we can realize (and practice) natural methods that serve to calm us down.

Finding the Painful and the Pleasant

Imagine using the pain you feel as the catalyst for opening up more space in your body and mind. In this final lesson, you'll be introduced to this rather different, yet highly effective concept. Pain is a signal that something is blocked in the body. By going into your pain, befriending it and getting to know it, it can give you some important clues for making some massive 360 degree shifts.

Global and Local Healing

Our body is made up of cells, tissues, fluids, organs, plus a complex array of processes that connect it all together. To bring this 'tune-up' to a close, the concept of working with the local and global systems of body and environment, respectively, are woven together in this final neurosensory exercise. We are all connected and this final lesson brings these precious dots together.


Professional Support 
When you log into the course site, my Somatic Experiencing colleagues moderate all questions posed on a weekly basis, so you get direct contact with them and you can ask your most pressing questions in and around the course content. This is a great way to connect with others in the course as well, to not feel so alone while on this journey and share in the camaraderie of the group.

Post-Course Practice tips 
After the 21 days is over you will not be left in the lurch. Four practice tips will be waiting for you that can help you put all this learning into practice and play.

Soothing Music 
As luck would have it my husband and Somatic Experiencing colleague Seth Lyon just happens to be a music composer and he has composed a beautiful piece of music that's specifically geared towards calming the nervous system. My gift to you! 



Andrew G


After more than thirty years of seeing counsellors, therapists, qualifying as an NLP practitioner and life coach and spending more than $25,000 in personal development, since I started the 21 Day Nervous System Tune Up, I'm really unlocking myself and freeing myself from my past. I'm already noticing that my stuck states shift much quicker; am more present and confident with people and am noticing that my body is becoming more alive. I've started to rediscover my creativity and childlike nature which is a real blessing.

I'm on my third run through of the program (Once you've invested you can repeat it as much as you like) and am still delighted by the quality and quantity of the support from Irene's team; as well as from the other participants. The investment is an absolute bargain. If you're serious about resolving your issue and this looks like it's a fit, do it!

Crystal DiDomizio


I've studied or experienced what feels like virtually every therapy, energy healing modality and body work available and I'm shocked that I'm only now learning this particular piece of work. It's extremely foundational and I can't wait to experience more of it personally and integrate some pieces into the birth trauma healing work I do professionally.

The Tune-Up made me realize I've been living up in my head because it felt SO unsafe to BE in my body. I don't think I realized how much I avoid really getting into and feeling my body before I did this program. It feels like there is so much trauma stored in my body that it's scary to really feel into the sensations, so I've been avoiding it at all costs.

Now, I am orienting as many times as I can during the day to become aware of what's happening in my body and in the environment around me. I'm following my impulses more so when I need to sleep, eat, drink, go outside, etc., I find myself listening and acting upon those nudges. I'm also finding my potent posture when I'm standing.



As a mind-body life coach I suspected my nervous system was somewhat unregulated. Not always, but more often than I'd like, I would get 'triggered' for seemingly no reason and would experience jitters and low-level anxiety that wouldn't switch off. Particularly, when turning within to notice my emotions. (Later, I'd learn that 'orienting' could settle this down.)

I heaped on tons of self-judgment and created stressful stories about my abilities to help others heal their chronic pain. Thankfully, a Canadian friend and coach forwarded me one of Irene's videos. To say it resonated would be a huge understatement -- I HAD TO KNOW MORE so I immediately signed up for her 21-Day Tune Up program and felt HOPE surging through my veins.

While it's true Irene's training has been incredibly beneficial in helping me understand mammalian physiology, the nervous system, and how both relate to chronic pain and illness, it's been a much bigger awakening than that.

Irene's a fantastic teacher, mentor and presenter. She doesn't 'dumb down' anything; rather, gives easy to understand and digest bite-sized lessons. I got anatomy and neuroscience education, mind/body/emotions connections review, movement therapy introduction, how to honour impulses, hear inner wisdom, helpful videos and relevant resources, a like-minded FB community, answers to my personal questions -- and well, a newfound intimacy and healthier relationship with myself.

The information she provided fits 'hand in glove' with all the mind-body tools I've amassed and used over a ten-year span. For me, the mind-body puzzle is complete. These days I'm feeling happier, peaceful, authentic, and more confident as a coach. It's a joy to witness my clients benefitting from what I learned too.

So, if you have a nervous system, a mind, a body and emotions (and we all do!)-- this course is for you. It's a game changer and I highly recommend it



Shutting down in times of stress is your default and being emotionally numb you know all too well. You find it difficult to express any solid full-scale emotions like joy, anger or sadness. And sometimes you think your DNA doesn't have the "express yourself" gene. (You've even tried hitting pillows and screaming in the shower -- it feels good for a while, but the gremlins always seem to return.)

You've stumped your doctor, acupuncturist and therapist and the most they do is prescribe "less stress" and "take it easy" -- or, maybe "try this specialist" or "this pill."

No matter what you do you feel tethered to a massive rock and right now hiding under it seems like the best possible solution.

You say stuff you know you shouldn't be saying, but before you know it cruel and hurtful words are flying out of your mouth attacking those you love the most, like your children or partner. You've got mindfulness ADHD.

Whenever you head to your meditation class you lack focus and you can't calm your mind to save your life.

Harmful habits and addictions hijack you. They also cause you unnecessary obsession, heartache, self-hatred and shame, but you do them because they are the only way you know how to feel any sense of control, safety and security. (BTW: These habits don't have to be crack-cocaine…. um, how about exercise or being obsessed with food as some more commonly accepted types of addictions?)

You're constantly trying out holistic practitioner, after woo-woo professional after transformational coach to get to the bottom of why you're still a certified hot mess (Because even though you've made some progress, something still ain't right. Am I Right?)



My guess is that no one has ever taught you how your nervous system really works, nor have they given you the tools to work with it in a very smart way. You see, for things to really shift, you need a combo of both. I’ve got you covered because this IS my specialty.


You have the capacity to heal yourself; your system is not broken. But to really heal means dealing with stress at the deeper level of the nervous system.

When we bring more nervous system regulation on board and start to work at this level, the benefits are GAME CHANGING.

With a more regulated nervous system we not only feel less stress, we may also see change (often profound!) in almost every area of our life; physical health improves, well-being grows, and ageing becomes more graceful.

We have more energy to live our lives, the little stuff AND the big stuff, and we gain more energy, focus, presence, and peace of mind.

I realize this can sound too good to be true, but it’s actually how we humans were designed to work.

Can you picture what your life might look like with less stress and more regulation in your nervous system?

I want to help you make this vision a reality, and I created The 21 Day Nervous System Tune-Up to teach you how. This self-study course is a powerful, and absolutely doable, place to start.  

The ‘Tune-Up’ is changing people’s lives and waking them up to what it means to become truly healthy.


Most other programs and modalities out there only cover one or a few slices of the pie. Most completely miss the nervous system altogether.

They never stop to ask, "Is this human organism feeling safe right now in its environment and body?." So if your other programs have never talked to you about the Fight, Flight or Freeze Response -- or most importantly, they've never taught you how to WORK with those survival mechanisms (to change them or disarm them) -- then that's probably why you're still stuck

The 21 Day Nervous System Tune-Up is your starter course to uncovering all of this.

To be completely honest, there is no other course in the world that I'm aware of that gives you this material, with practical application & a growing community -- so you can begin to heal for real.

On the days that you have an active piece of course content (there are 12 of those days in total) you can expect to spend about 20-30 minutes reading the emails and course content, watching a video or practicing an audio exercise. Of course, everyone reads at different rates, so I'm estimating here.

The final Biology of Stress Training Video is a little longer, ~40 minutes. This final video is kind of like the grand finale of the five and to cut it up into two chunks just wouldn't work for this material. By then, my bet is that watching a 40 minutes training video will just feel like your favourite Netflix show and the time will go by very fast! Of course, you can also pause the videos and break them up into your own bite-sized viewing pieces.

On the days that you DO NOT have a fresh new piece of content, I offer up resources for you to check out so you have something to reflect on, and I also allow this time for any catch-up or repetition of the previous video trainings and audio exercises.

This is so individual. But what tends to be the most common side effects for people when they watch and learn what is within the video trainings is a greater understanding of how their body actually works in times of stress and rest, and for many it gives them an aha moment of "so that's why that happens!"

Here is a great piece that one past participant shared with me:
"I have always felt there was something wrong with me and could never put a finger on what "it" was until I watched the video. Now that I understand what happened I have much more compassion and acceptance for myself, and for my parents. And I feel so hopeful knowing that this "damage" can be healed through the tools we have learned in this class -- orienting, learning how to accept and feel my feelings, and knowing how to expand my system's capacity to handle/process stress. I truly believe that this has been the missing key for me -- I can feel it every fiber of my being." -- Julie. Reiki Master. Madison, WI.

The after effects of the practical lessons and the audio exercises range from greater calm to instant stress relief and more energy and alertness, even a renewed sense of purpose and zest for life.

It really depends on where your starting point is.

Here's some interesting shifts from another participant:
"After going through Irene's program I started to crave healthier foods and actually gave up my chip addiction. I used to eat chips every night and now I will have them if I REALLY want them, but for the most part not craving them as much. I also noticed more tone in my muscles which is weird, because I am not doing anything that different in my exercise routine. The other awesome side effect is strengthening my ability to not take on other's people's crap." -- Lisa Cheston. Personal Stylist at Style Divine. Vancouver, BC.

YES. When you sign up for this course you'll be able to post comments and questions for fellow 21 Day'ers to read. See how others are doing, ask for help and support others in their journey. With this course there is no direct access to Irene, and questions will be answered by trained moderators within the course site.

YES. All the video trainings and audio exercises are downloadable. I actually recommend downloading the audio exercises to your iPod or phone so you have access to them wherever you are. The materials are yours to keep. If we have to do maintenance on our site, or take down a webpage, we will notify you so you can make sure you download all the materials in due time.

Nope. And this is on purpose. This is because spacing and repetition are an intentional part of the program's design. Just as you wouldn't go see a therapist every day for 21 days, it is also way too much for our delicate nervous system to be faced with a new lesson every day for 21 days. Rest, integration and repetition, as well as time to catch up if you are behind, are all crucial elements of nervous system healing and they are built into the program for that reason.

This course is a great starting point for your nervous system healing, and it lays the groundwork to then take it to the next level with the SmartBody SmartMind program. As such, the cost of this 21 Day course can then go towards the cost of the 12 week program should you decide to take part in that.

The 21 Day Nervous System Tune-up is an introductory course that covers basic nervous system education and neurosensory practices. The impacts from the "Tune-Up" typically result from consistently engaging with the lessons and integrating the learning and practice into everyday life. To support this learning and integration, most lessons in the course are intentionally somewhat brief (note: the majority of lessons are culled from SmartBody SmartMind, a comprehensive nervous system-based program).

The course is available to start right away, as soon as you register, and registration is always open!

No refunds are offered due to the digital nature of the course.

While it is not our intention to place limitations on anyone's personal choice to take part in the educational content and experiential nature of the 21 Day Nervous System Tune-up course, please be advised that this course may not be appropriate for individuals experiencing any of the following: diagnosed severe and long standing psychiatric disorder, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, substance abuse, or addiction.

We have had people from all walks of life find success within the 21 Day course, and if you are uncertain on whether this course is appropriate for you, we recommend you consult with appropriate healthcare providers before beginning.




Do not hesitate to reach out. We want to ensure all your questions are answered so you make the right decision for you.