In this phase of alarm response
is increased, mild adrenalization
. This state is considered desirable in competition
. To be alert yet non-combative
is rare because arousal
mobilizes the fight-flight
. This phase
brings us into our bodies and into the present moment
what is there and organizes
. This is a question
, protecting one's ground.
PHYSICAL RESPONSE IN THIS PHASE:
Increased muscle tone and peristalsis, skeletal muscles pull us upward to make us alert, mouth closes, nostrils flare, eyes open, hands are ready to open, the arms flex, the chest is raised by the intercostals, the diaphragm descends, and the legs stiffen slightly.