Removing Trauma from the Body

Emotional Resolution is about balancing your feelings by addressing the emotions that are embedded in our bodies, replaying when triggered by similar situations, enlarging the scope of the current circumstances and keeping us in a seemingly endless cycle of drama and pain.

Neuroscientist and trauma researcher, Bessel van der Kolk, MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. He has some very interesting things to say about how trauma affects our bodies and compensating behaviors.

“The trauma caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse and war wreaks havoc in our bodies” — Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score

He says that we commonly think that trauma is a story about the past, but in fact, trauma makes changes to our brain, so that the person sees and experiences the world differently than other human beings. Research shows that “it is almost impossible to become a drug addict/alcoholic without having a prior history of childhood trauma.” Addiction is the result of these people desperately trying to manage unbearable physical sensations.

Peter Levine, PhD has also spent a career working with trauma. He developed a body-awareness approach to healing trauma called Somatic Experiencing (SE). SE focuses on the physiological responses that occur when someone experiences or remembers an overwhelming or traumatic event, in his or her body, rather than only through the thoughts or emotions connected to it. His method is to allow and encourage the body’s sensations, trapped by the trauma, to discharge using a number of “resources” to ground the person in the present moment, that reinforce the client’s inherent capacity to self-regulate.

“The bodies of traumatized people portray “snapshots” of their unsuccessful attempts to defend themselves in the face of threat and injury. Trauma is a highly activated incomplete biological response to threat, frozen in time… Traumatized people are not suffering from a disease in the normal sense of the word- they have become stuck in an aroused state. It is difficult, if not impossible, to function normally under these circumstances.” — Peter A. Levine


I find it affirming, and corroborating, that these two world renowned and respected experts in the field of trauma research both agree that unprocessed emotions are trapped in the body. And that the best path to recovery is by working to release the frozen emotions from the body.

Connecting Trauma and Chronic Pain

In my own work, I’ve found that my clients who are struggling with the repercussions of trauma have issue on two fronts: Emotional and Physical. Often times they are in traditional therapy of some kind, but find it hard to make headway because of chronic body pain.

Traumatic emotions are buried in the body and resurface as pain and named disorders when left unresolved over long periods of time.

Bowen Technique is a system of gentle bodywork, that brings equilibrium to fascia (connective tissue) tension in the body. It is very relaxing and stimulates the body’s nervous systems to re-balance, prompting a healing response on structural and energetic levels Short answer: it feels really good and takes the pain away.

When pain is first and foremost in a person’s mind, it is very difficult to work on anything else, even if “anything else” is critical to relieving emotional pain, which is also critical to recovery. I’ve found that applying Bowen to chronic pain is a necessary first step. When the body calms down, after a session or two of Bowen, clients find their traditional therapy much more productive. They can remember, focus and do the work with out the distracting onslaught of pain.

Adding an Emotional Resolution (EmRes) session before Bowen is a powerful advantage. Emotional Resolution is a simple method of releasing buried emotions, regardless of the circumstances around their internment. The client recalls an emotional situation of note, and the practitioner guides them thru a protocol of physical sensory awareness which releases the triggered emotion that is buried in the body. Immediately afterwards the clients receives a Bowen session to help the body finish processing the emotion release and do the primary work of balancing the fascia to release and ignite a healing response.

The combination of Emotional Resolution and Bowen is amazing. There is a synergy and reciprocity between the two disciplines that coordinate responses between physical and emotional bodies. They literally talk the language of the limbic system that is holding the emotions, the body memories, in stasis and provides portals for their discharge and release.

Emotion work and Body work, individually, can be an asset to any recovery process. But together in the same session, they have produced headway and breakthroughs in my clients. These cases reinforce my enthusiasm and desire to champion this work. It’s so important to those of us that need it.

Are you ready to release your buried trauma and chronic body pain?

Book your Emotional Resolution and Bowen Session today


Video with Bessel van der Kolk

Youtube with Peter Levine

Pains from the Rear

Even if you don’t have sciatic pain yourself, chances are you know someone that does.  Sciatica can manifest as mild to severe pain, burning, tingling etc from the hip down through the foot.  It develops when a nerve or nerves traveling from the lower lumbar and sacral spine get pinched, rubbed or otherwise compromised on its way to the tissue it’s servicing.  On the journey, it must weave a path through and around bones and muscles.  If the path gets too small whether from the variation in human structure, injury or pregnancy, these nerves have to problem telling us they are in trouble.

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Sciatica Causes

The good news is that many of these issues can be addressed with Bowen Technique.  Most Sciatic pain originates in the hip area. The hips have lots of big strong muscles trying to keep us upright and balanced, whether we are sitting, standing or bending over. Any stress to one side of the lower body can setup a pattern of imbalance in the work load, in order to maintain our “upright posture”. Over-worked muscles on one side, can lead to continuously tight muscle on that side.  The other side then has over-stretched (too loose) muscle on the other side.  This then ends up twisting the pelvic bones and legs, contributing to irregular paths for nerves and vessels, twisted again. [Chubby Checker would not be pleased :)]  We end up in pain and discomfort. Commonly with shooting lightening down the legs, we are aching for relief.

Bowen to the rescue. By addressing the fascial sheathes of the hips, buttocks and legs, Bowen Moves help the muscles relax, re-balance and the nerves are freer to normally along their paths. Targeting paths of the sciatic nerves, the gentle procedures reinstate flexibility and adjust the tone of surrounding tissue.

There is relief in your future with Bowen Technique!

Un-nerving Fibromyalgia

Many of my friends and clients with Fibromyalgia have shared with me how frustrating their disease.  Their frustration comes whenfibromyalgia-mosaic1 they reach out for help and feel like they get nothing or get treated like they are crazy-making it up.  And it is confusing stuff– how can you feel bad all over and nothing is “broken”.

But there is work in the scientific community that is explaining how that happens.  From my understanding is boils down to too many nerves all in crisis–sending signals that something is wrong. I’m sure that’s a gross oversimplification 🙂 but it’s a model I can work with.

Fibromyalgia-Cause Discovered

It turns out that Bowen Technique addresses nerve pain, where ever it is.  By relaxing the fascia which cradles nerves and all other tissue, nerves get to relax too.

 

 

 

Shaking off Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a favor topic of mine.  It turns out that regardless of which route is taken in the Parkinson’s battle, Bowen Therapy Parkinsonscan help with a multitude of symptoms.  This is good, because Parkinson’s seems to be very individual as to what, when, how severe the symptoms become.

Bowen gentle works fascia and muscles to increase fluid transport and communication throughout the body. And gentle, is a key word here.  Fascia is kind of like corn-starch paste: if you try to move it hard and fast, the paste (fascia) resists like it’s make of  hard clay. If you more the same paste (fascia) slowly and gently, it gives and relaxes in the most delicious way, allowing extracellular fluid to flow more freely, delivering nourishment and healing.  Muscles and nerves will act more “normally” as their neighboring tissues become more balanced.

Parkinson’s Dilemma Article

Results using Bowen are best achieved from multiple sessions, schedule a week or two apart.  Each session builds on the last.

Bowen Practitioners who display gentleness, patience and love, will be skilled and supportive companions on Parkinson’s journey. Parkinson’s disease has no cure but I’m sure the symptoms can be managed to promote a better quality of life.

 

Emotional links to Menieres Disease

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Tinnitus is represented as a range of similar symptoms, such as ringing or buzzing in the ears. The intensity of these symptoms also fall across a large range.  Each person’s experience with the disease is unique and personal.

A new study shows that the location of activity for emotional processing happens in the brain,  is related to the intensity of Tinnitus symptoms.

Emotional Link to Menieres Disease

Bowen Therapy is a great tool for addressing Tinnitus.  Due to the nature of the disease and usual long time suffering by clients before they try Bowen, it may take a few sessions before seeing relief.  But for those that trust in the work, Bowen Therapy’s holistic approach will bring a welcome liberation from debilitating symptoms.

 

 

 

Scientific Studies on Reiki

While most recommendations for Reiki are based on anecdotal stories about how it felt good or eased pain this pain or helped relaxaReikiInHospital6tion and stress release, there are more and more actual scientific studies being done.  It’s been shown that added Reiki therapy can improve outcomes of conventional therapy, including there reduction of pain and faster healing which resulted in less pain medicines and quicker recoveries.

Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study

I’ve found that pre-surgery and pre-procedure sessions have helped clients be calmer and more “prepared” for the upcoming “trauma”.  Sessions after, whether in ICU or at home have lessened pain and improved attitudes/outlooks quickening healing processes and progress.  Sessions after chemo and radiation treatments can be a great tools to lessen side-affects.

 

Body Pain and Emotions

So related to the last post on Bowen and Mental Health.  this article show exactly how/where our emotionsReikiSession effect our bodies, causing pain and discomfort.

Body Pain and Emotional States

Seems like I’m always writing about Bowen.  But Energy work (Reiki, Quantum Touch, Chrystal and Sound healing) can help with all of these issues and can help the issue move from the subconscious to the conscious level where it can be addressed and cleared.

Most of my Energy work session are designed to target current issues in my clients life.  During the session, the brain enters an alpha/theta state of a lucid daydream, where the subconscious connects to the conscious through memories, feelings and visions.  We, the client and I, work together to examine and decipher the information to access root causes for the disturbance causing pain in the body.  It’s amazing work and produces great results.

 

 

Wolves need Energy Work too!

Giving healing energy to animals is a wonderful thing.  They don’t have inhibitions or preconceived ideas about what it is or isn’t.  They sense it, make decisions about whether it is good or right for them and how long they will need it. They soak it up much quicker than adult humans will, due to this lack of judgement and resistance.Energy work for Animals

This link is an excellent story about a Wolf who got some energetic help for a painful neurological disorder.  Energy Work with a Wolf in pain

It’s so encouraging to see this work done on wild animals.

 

I know from my own work with pets, that they take what and how much they need and will ask for more when they need it.  really cool 🙂

 

 

 

Bowen Therapy is fantastic for Fibromyalgia!!!

Along with many other chronic disorders, individuals with fibromyalgia can get a great deal of sFibromyalgiaymptom relief using Bowen Therapy.  Keeping the muscles and fascia as relaxed and flexible as possible is key!

Here is a great article on Fibromyalgia     Fibromyalgia-A life long disorder