Trauma moves in and out of our collective consciousness. Often preferred in the background. Other times undeniably in the foreground.
Often associated with war, domestic abuse and other violent events, trauma can also result from other incidents, which are often diminished. People can feel overwhelmed by what are commonly thought of as everyday events impacting both individuals and communities alike: automobile accidents, routine invasive medical procedures, grief, loss, sexual and/or physical assault, natural disasters, ongoing corrosive stressors of fear and conflict among other potentially threatening circumstances. Becoming traumatized may result from feeling overwhelmed in relation to a single incident, or through the accumulation of stress over time. The events on their own do not cause trauma.
Trauma develops when a person’s body, psyche and nervous system fail to respond and adequately process adverse events. The effects of trauma can be long-lasting and pervasive.
I am committed to supporting people suffering as a result of trauma to live with greater ease, choices, meaning, presence and vitality. What I love about working with people to recover from trauma is the awe-inspiring power of life energy. In each individual there is an unstoppable, indestructible aliveness that remains untarnished by the difficult, horrific and tragic events that people endure and survive. I revere this source of aliveness, which is inherently wise, whole and healing.
“Providing physical and emotional communication at a level far deeper than words, touch is a vital aspect of experiencing meaning, purpose and joy throughout our lives.”—Michael C. Changaris, PsyD,Touch
For anyone exposed to chronic stress at an early age, treating medical/health issues in isolation is not enough. Addressing the root cause—trauma and the stress response is fundamental.
When the stress physiology from traumatic events remains unaddressed, the body attempts to manage in whatever ways possible leading to dysfunction, symptoms and complex conditions that can become exacerbated over time. Often addressing the underlying trauma will bring relief and alleviate symptoms.
I pursue ongoing advanced training with Senior SE™ Faculty Kathy L. Kain who over the course of thirty years developed methods specifically for touching trauma held in the body. Influenced by numerous approaches including Body-Mind Centering®, lymphatic drainage, motor sensory integration, neurobiology, Ortho-Bionomy®, osteopathy, somatic psychology and more, combined with the trauma-focused approach of Somatic Experiencing®, this trauma-informed touch is a gentle way to resolve and release the effects of stress bound in the body. Unlike other forms of bodywork where the client is often passive, this is a collaborative process where practitioner and client are actively in conversation both verbally and somatically.
Rather than working to release muscles and tightness from the outside in, this gentle, therapeutic method of touch invites relief from the inside out.
Touch used in this way increases somatic awareness and greater connection with oneself. It is also an effective way to release shock and trauma from the physiology and invite the body’s intrinsic healing capacities to be restored. Facilitating the body’s organismic directive towards health provides deep, lasting and life-changing transformation.