Trauma and Stress Healing Sessions
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.” –Joseph Campbell
What is Trauma?
Trauma experiences can range from falls, bicycle accidents, medical procedures, car accidents, violence, war, natural disasters and any other small or large event that disrupts our nervous system and traps mobilized defense energy in our physiology. Trauma can also be developmental originating from complex prenatal, infant, and childhood challenges including abuse and neglect.
This trapped energy and our disregulated nervous system can result in the following types of symptoms: headaches, dizziness, disorientation, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, stomach aches, depression, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, avoidance of certain places or people, and many other symptoms. The effects of trauma can be implicated in many physical and mental health conditions.
What is Stress?
Stress can be a symptom of trauma and also a precursor to it. When we are living with stress and anxiety we are living in a state of hyper-arousal of our autonomic nervous system. This can be uncomfortable to aggravating to completely overwhelming. It can lead to and exacerbate many physical and mental health imbalances. We often imagine that stress is caused by our outward circumstances: too many demands on our time, difficult interpersonal relationships, exposure to constant media and technology, jobs that don’t support us. And while stress is exacerbated by all of this we have the ability to shift and transform stress from the inside out, to invite new capacity into our nervous system for settling and rest and healthy and energizing arousal.
What does a session look like?
Trauma and Stress Healing Sessions are a collaboration between client and practitioner. While a session may focus on a particular traumatic or stressful event the attention in the session rests less on the specific story around the trauma and stress and more on the felt-sense experience the memory evokes. There is more emphasis on tuning into the bodies physiology and specific sensations to allow the body to fully release trapped energy and rebuild its natural capacity for contained arousal and discharge than analyzing or trying to understand the event. This approach works directly with the lower regions of the brain that are activated and at times disorganized in traumatic events. Through this process it is common for the higher regions of the brain to gain new insight and understanding of our experience. Sessions usually begin with a period of settling and cultivating a sense of greater safety in the present before we work with specific trauma or stress events. The process requires a slowing down into the present moment.
How may I benefit from Trauma and Stress Healing Sessions?
Sessions can result in reducing or eliminating symptoms caused by a traumatic event or stressful situation. They can also increase our understanding of how trauma and stress effects the body, how to prevent traumas in the future, and how to support our bodies capacity for self-regulation. It is common to have an increased sense of aliveness and greater resiliency to meet life’s challenges and enjoy life’s gifts. Sessions deepen our understanding of how to support our bodies well being and how to prevent events from becoming traumatic. They also open the opportunity to put us in touch with a living and intelligent aspect of our being that is often neglected in our culture.
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Please contact me if you have questions or would like to discuss how working with me may benefit you.
My email address is jasmine (@) allislistening.com