Trauma-informed Care

a workshop for body-centered practitioners



Sunday 16 February 2020
10:00 am to 5:30 pm


149B Glenlyon Road, Brunswick VIC 


“Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering. In short, it is about the loss of connection – to ourselves, to our bodies, to our families, to others, and to the world around us.”
Dr Peter Levine


Are you a touch-based practitioner?

Are you fully committed to serving your clients in a trauma-sensitive way?

Do you know how to respond when a client is triggered? 


As a practitioner who offers body-centered services, you will often hold space for clients who present with a level of trauma. It is said that to be human is to experience trauma – whether as one big tsunami, or as “trauma by a thousand cuts.”

The signs, symptoms and impact of trauma can be subtle, overt or intermittent. Conventional approaches have viewed trauma as a ‘mental health’ condition. However, we know from neuroscience that trauma results from an autonomic nervous system working overtime in response to past situations. It brings with it a whole host of ways to manage intensely uncomfortable feelings and sensations in the body.  And the body then becomes a war zone of sorts from which escape feels like the best option.  Helping clients understand their stress physiology and trauma responses can significantly normalize and validate their experiences and aid their overall healing.



The workshop is designed to help you to:


  • understand the roots of trauma, how you can support clients who show signs of trauma whilst in your care, and avoid re-traumatization in the process
  • discern the difference between re-negotiating trauma and letting  go of ‘management strategies’ on a somatic level
  • tune in to how clients may override their natural capacity
  • recognize why your own nervous system regulation cannot be feigned, and how it affects your clients
  • clarify your scope of practice
  • appreciate the value of your therapeutic presence to support  healing


This full-day workshop is suitable for bodyworkers, massage therapists, yoga teachers, sexuality practitioners, doulas, midwives, nurses, first responders, kinesiologists, TCM & shiatsu practitioners, energy healers and any other professionals who rely on touch in their work with clients.

We will share practical body-mind approaches for supporting clients with trauma via a combination of theory, reflective and somatic practices.

The following topics will be covered in some depth:


  • trauma from a neuro-physiological perspective
  • the impact of trauma on the body
  • true and faux ‘Window of Tolerance’ or resilience bandwidth
  • avoiding re-traumatization
  • supporting clients who become triggered
  • instinctual boundaries and embodied consent
  • ‘joining’ versus ‘merging’ with clients
  • the power of your presence, intention and focused attention as practitioner

The information is drawn from our combined experience of working in the fields of trauma, bodywork, birth, human sexuality and embodiment.

In particular, it is underpinned by the Polyvagal Theory which informs the work of Somatic Experiencing® and Somatic Practice®, two body-mind approaches to trauma resolution now gaining momentum in Australia and NZ.

Your Facilitators

Nisha Gill works holistically in the field of trauma via Somatic Experiencing® and Somatic Practice®, specialising in birth and sexual trauma resolution. She draws from her extensive experience in bodywork (integrative, Lomilomi, remedial, perinatal and intravaginal), counselling, birth education, birth attendance as doula, and teaching sexual embodiment practices.


Malcolm Hiort has practised bodywork for thirty-six years, combining different massage styles with craniosacral and gentle joint release. He teaches Craniofascial Therapy as well as Short Leg Syndrome. Other influences include Shiatsu, Bowen, Lomilomi, Tantra, Reiki, visceral and myofascial approaches.




Terms & Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before completing your registration:


All participants are responsible for their own wellbeing in the workshop.
While all care is taken to provide a safe-enough space, the workshop facilitators cannot be held liable for adverse reactions in response to group participation.



Booking with payment ensures that your place is reserved for the workshop. Cancellations up to
two weeks prior to the workshop will be refunded the amount paid minus a $15 handling fee.

No refunds will be available in the two weeks prior to the workshop. 

Tickets may be transferred to another person who fits the suitability criteria, but no less than one week
before the workshop. The new participant must book in via this form independently,
upon which your payment will be refunded. 

If for unforeseen reasons the facilitators are required to cancel the workshop,

your payment will be refunded in full. 



Because of the nature of this workshop and the need to create a safe container, it is essential that participants are ready to start by the listed time. That will mean arriving between ten and thirty minutes
before the start time. 

Participants arriving late, for whatever reason, will not be able to join the workshop and will forfeit their fees. If you arrive late, please do not attempt to enter the workshop space as it will be disruptive to
the group energy field.




Nisha Gill ~ 0402 039 341 

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