Experiencing trauma triggers all of the mental, emotional and body systems resulting in freezing, hyperarousal and physical and psychological pain and distress. Current research continues to demonstrate that trauma resolution is most effective when combining psychological and physiological interventions. Torture and refugee trauma survivors experience extreme physical and emotional violation which impairs social engagement, day-to-day function and the ability to experience a life of joy. Interacting directly with the body using bodywork from an embodied perspective combined with psychotherapeutic approaches can significantly support the resolution of both physical and emotional pain.
In this clinical evening, Bruce Stark presents an overview of the emerging understanding of the beneficial role of bodywork in treating trauma survivors and its complementary relationship with psychotherapy. Based on his 30 years of clinical bodywork experience and using current information on the physiology of trauma he will detail the mechanisms which facilitate the resourcing, self-regulation and re-engagement that is essential for resolving physical and emotional trauma.