The field of body orientated psychotherapy has gained considerable interest over the past decade and made significant contribution to the understanding of trauma. The body is affected by trauma and has a central role in resolving the trauma. Helplessness and lack of hope are common states in the trauma victim and gaining control of their body, emotions and mind is a vital part of the healing process. This presentation examines how working with the body can be taken a step further in recovery by going beyond body awareness and fully engaging the body in the healing process. working in this way empowers the client as they can practise the physical exercises on their own with outcomes such as feeling vibrantly alive, hopeful, confident and more joyful.
A key focus is awareness of the body’s innate restorative ability and actively encouraging it to heal by using specialised trauma release exercises. Methods introduced will include examples of physical exercises that induce shaking and trembling, discharge the freeze response, and restore emotional resiliency and physical confidence. Case studies using these techniques will be discusseil together with cross cultural and clinical application.