When there is physical or emotional pain, it is natural to withdraw from the painful area, putting up a barrier of tension to contain the pain. This helps in the short term, but can impede long-term healing. Over time, many such withdrawals lead to a feeling of alienation, disconnection, and dislike of the physical self. Sometimes the body needs to be reminded that the emergency is over and it is safe to reconnect with the area, experience any feelings stored there, and finally relax.
At first, it may seem more comfortable to keep the trauma buried and continue putting energy into working around it, but eventually the signs of trauma grow too overwhelming to ignore, and you seek healing.
Treating trauma with bodywork helps you
- Reconnect with your body’s experience
- Release the stored shock of past trauma
- Remember how to relax
- Regain your freedom of movement
- Rebuild your boundaries
- Reclaim energy and vitality
- Relearn self-trust and self-respect
Over time, growing self-trust and self-connection lead to increasingly confident decisions based on your true wants and needs, and your life as a whole becomes easier and more joyful.
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