It is not hard to conceive that trauma is held in the nervous system, as adverse circumstances trigger our fight or flight impulses and stimulate the survival functions in the physical body. With trauma, that heightened state can persist, get trapped in the body and held there until it is released, as human beings unfortunately do not shake off the shock and trauma of an event like wild zebras on the African plane do once danger has passed.
Trauma occurs not only in extreme single occurrences but can take effect over time, in ways that may be obvious or more subtle, such as neglect and the many forms of abuse. If the hurt or harm caused by any adverse situation or treatment is held onto in the body, there are specific therapeutic exercises that can help to unlock the trauma, supporting the body to heal and let go.
The enquiry into traumatic symptoms is a particular and individual process determined very much by the client and their history. This sensitive and delicate work can take time or may be complete within a few sessions. The exercises investigate the exact nature of the trauma in a non-imposing and respectful way, by gently exploring what still gets triggered in the physical and emotional bodies today to reveal what remains unresolved inside to be healed.
Once a trigger has been identified, it is possible to hone in on where this reaction is held in the body, and by connecting to the specific sensations and feelings in the body it is possible to locate the exact traumatic configuration. As soon as this is located, a letting go process occurs which can be subtle or can feel like a wave of energy, sensations and emotions coming out.
This work is carried out with full participation and consent from the client, and the pace of the exploration is entirely guided by the client’s readiness to proceed. There are no impositions or interventions that have the potential to be re-stimulating for the client, but instead the approach is very much of a joint enquiry.
If you are interested in discussing this work more, please get in touch and we can arrange a time to speak in person or on the phone.
Janet has designed a 12 week Trauma Program for clients who are specifically looking for support in this area, but it is not essential to sign up for such a structured pathway. If you are unsure of whether you do have traumatic symptoms, there are many online resources that outline typcial characteristics of trauma, however it is recommended to speak to Janet or another relevant professional for clarification.