Therapy: Bodywork & Trauma work
Psychosomatic bodywork is a means for improving emotional awareness and recovering from trauma.
The body holds trauma and trauma is healed and released through the body too. By working with a body-awareness approach, it is an invitation to reclaim your physical, mental, emotional and energetic presence.
Psychosomatic therapy works by tapping into mind-body communication and the purpose is to connect the two again. It can then be possible to heal the mind through the body and/or to heal the body by way of the mind.
Trauma work & Bioenergetics Analysis
The Psychosomatic bodywork that I do is inspired by a variety of sources including Somatic Experiencing, Polyvagal Theory, Trauma/Tension Release Exercises (TRE) and Bioenergetics Analysis. The Bioenergetics approach works with the whole person because it integrates both the mind and the body in the psychotherapeutic process and focuses on the energy flow (life force) between them. The premise is that the mind and body function as one and the goal of working psychosomatically is to unite them. Sessions include embodied practices, bodywork to release blocks and connect with your life force, and attention to nervous system regulation for managing stress and energy levels, among other things. As the body holds our trauma, it must be released via the body. And as well-known MD and author Bessel van der Kolk says, “The Body Keeps the Score.”
Bioenergetics is both verbal and physical. The verbal work is about exploring your personal history, desires, associations and current challenges, and working with the body is about giving you the chance to become aware of emotional issues on a tangible body level to facilitate change. Perhaps you know clearly what the difficulties are but you haven’t found relief or change no matter how much personal work you do, or perhaps you’ve gained a lot of awareness about your patterns and where they come from, yet you are still triggered and brought back to the same reactions time and time again. This is because trauma isn't about the experience itself but is about how we remember the experience and how we lived it and continue to live it, because memories stay trapped in our body today. The good news is that these things can change and trauma can be healed, by means of the body. There is relief as humans have the capacity to self-heal.
Bioenergetics is part of the Humanistic Therapy family ,which emphasizes the importance of being your true self in order to lead the most fulfilling life. The body tells the story of a person's life and as a person becomes more acquainted with their deeper feelings and emotions, they are often quite surprised to discover how their bodily tensions, posture and breathing patterns support the suppression of their emotions, reinforce uncomfortable and destructive belief systems and hide their shame and underlying fears. With the hard work of discovering these feelings and old somatic (body) holding patterns in a supportive relational setting, there can be the exciting discovery that the expression of emotion and the loosening up of bodily tensions results in a feeling of well-being, joy and a new connection to life.
Let's talk about this and how working psychosomatically could help you. Here you can schedule either a 20 minute "Get to know Meghan" or schedule a session to get started. Packages are also available and are recommended for continuous wellbeing as working with the body is a regular practice.