Trauma is primarily physiological, it’s something that happens to our bodies first, and then its effects spread to our mind, emotions, spirits. As we resolve our traumas we discover missing parts of our beings, those that make us feel whole and complete.
Peter Levine; Walking the tiger : Healing Trauma
What is interesting about this quote is the recognition that, however caused, trauma, or even stress and anxiety are primarily bodily experiences. The emotional impacts of our life experiences are stored in our body. As Martha Graham said, “Bodies cannot lie”. Bodies can’t lie because they don’t use words to communicate their reactions to life experiences. Because our body doesn’t forget, it often embeds triggers that can be set off years later. These triggers can be activated by a sound, a word, or even the tone of someone’s voice. Our body unconsciously remembers and reacts to the new stimulus the same way it did to the initial event, even though this reaction may be out of proportion to what has just happened. Reacting automatically to the past, rather than responding appropriately to the present is to perpetuate the original trauma, to be unable to let it go and move on. Bodywork can be a powerful tool for shifting out of this reactive stance.
Craniosacral Therapy can help us to begin to integrate these disowned parts, so that we are no longer alarmed by things that have triggered us in the past. The Alexander Technique specifically looks at HOW our bodies react to stress and whether our patterns of moving and living are in fact maintaining our symptoms. It helps to release us from the habitual barriers we have built between ourselves and reality, and to move forward in our lives with freedom, grace and poise.Leave a reply →