Stress and Trauma Resolution

Release & Resolve Stress & Traumatic Anxiety

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When we experience high anxiety or overwhelming stress the autonomic nervous system enters into a fight, flight or freeze response. As an experiential body we experience both “little trauma’s” and “Big Trauma’s” in our life. Our brain may not differentiate between these two.

Somatic Experiencing gives you the tools to be in your body: healing & releasing unresolved anxiety, stress, trauma and PTSD.

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Often we can find ourselves frozen/stuck or in repetitive unproductive patterns. Learn how to release:

Depression & Anxiety

Release depression, tension, panic, grief, anxiety, insomnia, and muscle fatigue.

Emotional Trauma

Resolve abandonment and betrayal, childhood trauma, ADD, OCD, and PTSD.

Health Symptoms

Treat IBS, and/or many other reoccurring chronic health symptoms.

… re-living trauma often occurs in the form of physical sensations that precipitate emotions of terror and helplessness. Learning how to manage and release these physical sensations from trauma-based emotions is an essential aspect of the effective treatment of PTSD.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Noted Trauma Authority and Author
When we experience high anxiety or overwhelming stress the autonomic nervous system enters into a fight, flight or freeze response.

Even though we have both “little trauma events” and “big traumatic events” in our life, our brain may not always be able to differentiate between these two.  If the nervous system becomes stuck on high (over coupled), we remain highly activated.  The nervous system will seek out ways to re-create highly activated energy or drama.  The individual may not feel safe if not in physical motion or the mind unable to stay highly activated.  We can develop false “beliefs systems” about ourselves and others around the need for this high activation. If we are stuck on low with no energy (under coupled), any type of activation can feel overwhelming.

Again our “beliefs systems” are formed from this lack of energy.  Our mind has an “unhealthy desire of needing” to make sense out of our experience, even if it stays trapped in vortex of pain and suffering. Then we have the issue of being stuck on both high energies wearing us down. Then we may shut down, where we feel there is no energy left. There can be a yo-yoing effect on our nervous system.

Somatic Experiencing gives you the tools that allow your body to slowly and safely discharge uncompleted survival energies. If a human cannot fight or flee…we can go into a freeze response. If a wild animal goes into a freeze response and survives an attack…afterwards it will begin shaking. The “shaking out” of a traumatic event or experience is what many humans shutdown.

The word trauma can feel quite overwhelming. Exchange this with “anxious, constantly stressed or high levels of anxiety” and we are able to begin acknowledging long held behavior patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us.

Trauma is healed through the process of discharging the survival energy that was trapped. This trapped energy may come from either a physical event or a psychological wounding/thought and/or belief. When we uncouple this trapped energy from our thoughts/beliefs and the musculature of the body…a physiological healing and shaking out response may begin…resulting in deep sense of integration and harmony within the body and mind.

If we are unable to move trauma out…

If we are unable to move trauma out our cognitive brain will create a story in-order to make sense of the incident. We are not taught or told how to shake out anxious moments of either emotional or physiological traumatic incidents…these experiences then become trapped within the nervous system and muscle tissue of the body. This is where many symptoms and maladies begin to take place.

Recent studies of the brain’s neural plasticity – our ability to rewire the nerve cells in our brain – suggest that these neurons form new synaptic connections with each piece of new knowledge and every new experience we acquire. The implication of this research is that if we give our brain the knowledge and experiences it needs to create new synaptic connections, and if we use repetition to further develop these connections, we begin to see long-lasting, even permanent changes.

Dr. Joe Spinoza

Research Scientist, Author, an Lecturer featured in the film What the BLEEP Do We Know!?
Somatic experiencing, somatic referencing and somatic education is one of the most cutting edge therapies, that truly integrate these concepts expressed by Dr. Joe Spinoza. The foundation of somatic experiencing is built upon a tradition of somatic education and body-oriented psychotherapy.

Somatic Experiencing is a comprehensive theoretical and non-evasive approach to helping clients work through symptoms of stress and trauma.  Growing scientific evidence indicates that the dynamics of symptoms due to stress and trauma are biological to a degree greater than previously recognized.

Somatic Experiencing is not primarily a touch modality, though touch can and is used. We are teaching the body that it has the ability to regulate itself.

Traditionally, therapies have attempted to change perceptions of the world by means of reason and insight, with conditioning and behavior modification, with drugs and medications.  However, perceptions remain fundamentally unchanged until the internal physical experience of the body changes.  Even after physical injury, accidents, a rape or assault, emotional or physical abuse, illness, surgery, pre & perinatal trauma, abandonment and death of a loved one people can learn to have new bodily experiences and then come to heal and accept what has happened and create new lives and new communities.

Long held stress and trauma response is a specific defensive bodily reaction that people initially mobilize in order to protect themselves.  This reaction lives on as it then protects them from feeling the totality of their horror, helplessness or pain.

Change can happen naturally…

Three Things To Remember:
  1. Trauma is healed through the process of discharging the survival energy that was trapped.
  2. This trapped energy may come from either a physical event or a psychological wounding/thought and/or belief.
  3. When we uncouple this trapped energy from our thoughts/beliefs and the musculature of the body…a physiological healing and shaking out response may begin…resulting in deep sense of integration and harmony within the body and mind.

The word trauma itself can feel overwhelming to even admit. And/or we may not equate or deny various experiences we’ve had in our life as traumatic due to always comparing ourself to others or “how we should be”, not accepting what is actually being felt within the sense body.

Often many clients have lived in such dissociation from the their body there is an inability or denial to sense the subtleties of anger, fear, loss, sadness and more.

    • Many times this shaking out is seen as something that needs to be stopped or stabilized.
    • If we are unable to move trauma out…our cognitive brain will create a story in-order to make sense of the incident.
    • We are not taught or told how to shake out anxious moments of either emotional or physiological traumatic incidents…these experiences then become trapped within the nervous system and muscle.

Trauma is fundamentally a highly activated incomplete biological response to threat, frozen in time. For example, when our full neuromuscular and metabolic machinery prepares us to fight or to flee, muscles throughout the entire body are tensed in specific patterns of high-energy readiness. When we are unable to complete the appropriate actions and discharge the tremendous energy generated by our survival preparations, this energy becomes fixated into specific patterns of neuromuscular readiness. Afferent feedback to the brain stem generated from these incomplete neuromuscular/ autonomic responses maintains a state of acute and then chronic arousal and dysfunction in the central nervous system. Traumatized people are not suffering from a disease in the normal sense of the word. They have become fixated in an aroused state. It is difficult (if not impossible) to function normally under these circumstances.

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

Author of Memory, Trauma & Healing
Traumatic experiences can produce feelings of anxiety, depression, despair, hopelessness, reoccurring anger, self-blame, guilt, and shame, as well as sexual dysfunction, compulsive or aggressive behaviors, sleep disorders, and concentration problems. For those wishing to understand and read more about trauma and PTSD please contact me.

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