Do you often find yourself being jumpy, easily startled?
Unable to unwind?
Do you wake from sleep with fear coursing through your body?
Do you over-react to what might seem like small triggers?
Have racing or recurring thoughts? Or even panic attacks?
Or on the other hand, do you feel numb and out of touch with your body and feelings?
Disconnected from others?
Or have deep feelings of inertia and can’t-be-botheredness?
If you are unclear about the symptoms of birth trauma, please take this quiz
They are classic symptoms of a nervous system
that is stuck in a state of high alert as if there were some danger present.
Sometimes due to trauma with a capital T – the obvious events in your life such as
a major accident, life-threatening illness or exposure to violence.
And sometimes due to “trauma by a thousand cuts” – the birth experience that left you feeling not-quite-right, the times in your childhood when you felt bullied or misunderstood,
or daily stresses that remain with you and build up.
In challenging times, our bodies react to what they perceive as threats in order to protect us.
They mobilize a great deal of energy for the flight, fight and freeze responses.
When the threat passes, animals in the wild release this energy by trembling, shaking or other means.
But unlike other animals, we humans have learnt to suppress the natural release of this powerful energy
even when the actual threat has disappeared.
Our bodies take on the message that the threat is still around and that it’s not safe to “come down” from
the high energy states of flight or fight.
Or to come out of the immobilization and fear of the freeze response.
And so these states where we use huge amounts of energy to remain on guard and "hold it all together" become chronic and debilitating, no matter how major or minor the triggers may seem.
It would be accurate to say that “the body remembers”.
The healing comes not from recounting the event and re-telling your story,
but by tuning in more closely to your nervous system.
From there, you get to gradually shift the energy that was not fully discharged during all the times that you felt threatened.
The times when something was happening that was “too much, too fast, and too soon”.
The net result with this specialised therapy for trauma and anxiety is having more energy available for you to respond to
life in the here and now, and not through the lens of past events that kept you trapped in your body.
It’s about your health and wellbeing, your relationships, your freedom.
And about loving being alive in your amazing body.
I specialise in birth, sexual and gynaecological traumas in a safe sanctuary where we move entirely
at the pace of your nervous system. My approach is also amenable to chronic pain, chronic fatigue, pre- and peri-natal, developmental, medical, surgical, dental and anesthesia traumas, trauma due to motor vehicle accidents, falls, violent attacks, natural disasters, and more.
Here, you can start to reclaim the parts of you that have felt missing or stuck.
If you are curious to find out more, book in free 30-minute discovery session to see if this approach is right for you. You might also take the birth trauma quiz if you sense that it may be relevant to you.
For more information about Somatic Experiencing, visit this link.
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