"Trauma is not a story about something that happened long ago...
The emotions and physical sensations, the imprints (including images) of trauma on the mind and brain, continue to be experienced in the present, not as memories, but as disruptive physical and emotional reactions." Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Trauma is not in the event, but what happens in the body.
Something happens that triggers the self-protective mechanism - the flight/fight (this is not a typo - our first response is to flee) response - such as a heated argument, fall, abuse, a car swerving into your lane. The cognitive response is to just get on with life, however, your nervous system is not ready to just get over it.
When a threatening event overwhelms our nervous systems normal flight/fight response the arousal cycle does not complete and the body does not realize it is out of danger. We become stuck in survival mode and the energy generated to protect us becomes stored in our body causing many seemingly unrelated symptoms such as:
Chronic pain, including headaches/migraines
Repeated injuries or ones that don't seem to heal
Addictions, OCD, repetitive destructive behavior
Shame, feeling of failure
Persistent thoughts or dreams of the event
Feeling detached or numb
As well as feeling stuck in dysfunctional patterns and beliefs.
These are all common symptoms of incomplete physiological responses suspended in fear which can remain hidden for years after a triggering event, negatively affecting our lives on many levels.
These symptoms need not be permanent.
SOMECAUSES OF TRAUMA:
Being involved in or merely witnessing violence or traumatic events
Loss of a loved one
Illness, high fevers, poisoning
Physical injuries (falls, auto accidents)
Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
Natural disasters ie. earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.
Medical and dental procedures
Ongoing stress (job, illness of loved one)
Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR) therapy is a unique, body centered technique for releasing the trauma-bound energy that may be responsible for the symptoms. A felt sense of self is developed through sensation which allows access to the frozen energy which then begins to move and release.
Recent research in the field of neurology and trauma indicates that tracking sensation while controlling the activation level in the nervous system is one of the most effective approaches for long and short term healing. It opens neural pathways which allows safe discharge from the nervous system. The therapist creates a safe place, and helps the client move gracefully through the release leaving them with a sense of freedom and empowerment. Clients learn tools that will assist them whenever a challenge occurs. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Trauma happens. We are physical beings on a physical planet and therefore physically vulnerable. We have bodies, minds, egos, spirits and emotions that are subject to being wounded - traumatized. But there is hope!
The unique approach of Somatic Trauma Resolution therapy has quickly alleviated the symptoms of trauma and PTSD, restoring resiliency to many lives.
Sessions last 1 1/2 hours and take place with the client fully clothed, usually seated to facilitate developing a sense of self-empowerment. Other techniques may be employed in addition to provide a broad spectrum of care.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder /PTSD (also known as Post Traumatic Stress/PTS), is not a disorder, but a neurochemical response that is out of balance and is capable of healing.
". . . in the end you will always have to return to the body, where the essential work of transformation takes place. Transformation is through the body, not away from it. . . .Do not turn away from the body, for within that symbol of impermanence, limitation, and death . . . is concealed the splendor of your essential and immortal reality. Do not turn your attention elsewhere in your search for the Truth, for it is nowhere else to be found." Eckhart Tolle