Unprocessed trauma lives in our body — as deep as the nervous system itself. As Peter Levine PhD, trauma specialist and creator of Somatic Experiencing, says, “Trauma is a highly activated, incomplete biological response to threat, frozen in time.”
It’s a physiological experience that deeply influences how we experience our body, the state of our nervous system, how well or resilient we feel, and how we think, emote and behave.
A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles rather than a prescribed set of practices or procedures. These principles may be generalizable across multiple types of settings, although terminology and application may be setting–or sector–specific:
From this perspective, it is critical to promote the linkage to recovery and resilience for those individuals and families impacted by trauma. Consistent with this definition of recovery, services and supports that are trauma-informed build on the best evidence available and consumer and family engagement, empowerment, and collaboration.
In short, everyone. Even if you do not appear to have much in the way of unresolved trauma in your system, I bring knowledge of the nervous system and ability to attune to the state of yours to every session (because we all have a nervous system, after all).
Email me to learn more about how my specific Trauma-Informed Massage and Bodywork might help you.