Trauma and Bodywork

This work is designed to help you understand how to define trauma, what happens physiologically and emotionally in the body during trauma and what is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

We will discuss the various ways how this expresses itself in your life and how we can discharge the nervous system in order to find more balance in your life.

Trauma is perhaps the most avoided and misunderstood cause of human suffering. Consequently, trauma goes untreated in 20% of people being traumatized.Traditional medicine will give people pills when they come to them with symptoms that are due to trauma: insomnia, depression, chronic pain, flashback, disassociation,to name a few

It is fair to say that most of us have experienced trauma, either directly or indirectly.

Perhaps the most important thing to understand about trauma is that people, especially children, can be overwhelmed by what we usually regard as every day events.

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Peter Levine says: Although trauma  is a source of tremendous distress and dysfunction, it is not an ailment or disease, but the by-product of an instinctively instigated altered state of consciousness.

We enter this state when we perceive our live is being threatened and go in ”survival mode”. Our typical reaction to a threat is fight or flight, and when either of these options are not possible, we freeze.

There are various reason why we would not be able to fight or flee, but for now it is important to realize we can become stuck in the survival mode, also called “freez    e”

 This is where the issues begin and left untreated over time, it begins to form symptoms of trauma .

These symptoms can invade every aspect of our lives, this can be personal or even a whole group or country.

Until fairly recently and even today, understanding of trauma is often limited to the experiences of “shell shocked “ soldiers, and victims of catastrophic events, accidents and injuries.

This narrow view does not include the whole story. A series of so-called minor mishaps ,can have the same damaging effect on a person as a major traumatic event such as war and rape.

So what can we do ?

Many things happen in the body, especially in the nervous system

The good news is, we can re-organize the autonomic nervous system and discharge the original charge caused by trauma.

In order to experience trauma in a different way, we don’t need to rehash the whole experience. We build resources and fill in the gaps of the past where necessary.To change the experience as it happened, we change the perception of that experience and thus create a new reality.

In working with me we will explore where you feel stuck, how it may relate to a traumatic event in your life and what to do about it.