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Trauma and Healing the Body

​Trauma can create both an emotional and physical imprint on the body. The moment that a person experiences trauma, the body automatically makes a decision to protect itself. This decision can result in a fight, flight, freeze or fawn reaction. Many suffer with long lasting effects from events like sexual abuse & assaults, childhood traumas, car accidents, PTSD, eating disorders, etc. This can manifest in the body as symptoms such as migraines, clenched shoulders/neck/jaw, chronic pain, anxiety, depression; and so on. Core functions of sleep, digestion, breathing and chemical balances can become disrupted.

Traumatized individuals may also feel shame or become self-consciousness as they react to physical or emotional cues from the world around them. Individuals may also use dissociating as an unconscious coping mechanism to disconnect from a traumatic experience and/or feelings.

What is Somatic THERAPY?

We use a holistic approach that integrates somatic therapy techniques by addressing the mind-body connection, while helping you release stored trauma and promote healing from within.

Through gentle movement, breathwork, and body awareness exercises, we guide you in reconnecting with your body and releasing tension and trauma held in your muscles and nervous system. We work collaboratively with you to develop coping strategies, build resilience, and promote long-lasting healing.

What is Trauma Informed Yoga?

Trauma-informed yoga (sometimes known as trauma-sensitive yoga) and brain-based therapies such as Brainspotting and EMDR are widely considered to be the most effective body-based therapies available. It is important to realize that mindfulness and yoga are most effective in healing trauma when it is integrated into a larger set of therapeutic supports that have been specifically tailored for the client.

Processing trauma while combining the practice of mindfulness, breath work, body movement, etc, clients are able to reconnect to the mind-body in a safe environment and create new patterns in the body.

Mindfulness is a conscious awareness of our present moment. This includes openness and non-judgment about the experience. It is often coupled with other types of therapy, such as Cognitive-based Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or Brainspotting and Trauma-Informed Yoga.

One-on-One sessions allow for the client to have a more individualized approach and meet specific goals. Small Group classes are also offered as a “Series Class” throughout the year as a great benefit of experiencing a practice with peers and still receiving individualized attention. Check out the Groups page to see if we have one coming up!

trauma and healing the body

Some of the techniques commonly used in somatic trauma therapy include:

  1. Body Awareness: This technique involves developing a deeper awareness of bodily sensations, movements, and postures. By paying attention to the body’s signals and sensations, individuals can gain insight into how trauma is stored and expressed in the body.
  2. Breathwork: Conscious breathing exercises are used to regulate the nervous system and promote relaxation. Deep, slow breathing can help individuals release tension and activate the body’s natural relaxation response.
  3. Grounding Techniques: Grounding techniques help individuals feel more present and connected to their bodies. These techniques may include focusing on the physical sensations of the feet on the ground, noticing the weight of the body, or engaging in sensory experiences like touch or taste.
  4. Somatic Experiencing: This approach, developed by Peter A. Levine, focuses on releasing and resolving traumatic memories and sensations held in the body. Somatic Experiencing aims to restore a sense of safety and regulation by gently guiding individuals through the release of trapped energy and physical sensations associated with trauma.
  5. Movement and Exercise: Engaging in gentle movement and exercise can help release tension in the body and promote a sense of well-being. This may include activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, or other mindful movement practices.
  6. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: This approach combines talk therapy with somatic interventions to address trauma. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps individuals explore their bodily experiences, regulate their nervous system, and develop new coping strategies.
  7. Brainspotting and EMDR: These modalities are specialized therapy techniques that help individuals process traumatic memories and support the brain’s natural healing process.
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Video: Trauma Support with Yoga

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