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Opportunity in Injury

Injured this past spring and engaged in rehabilitation over the summer, I had a chance to heal further from an early trauma. As the Cranio-Sacral Therapist worked on my head, he helped ease some of my temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) pain, which resulted from my infant surgery. I also had the opportunity to work through some of the emotions–feelings of unworthiness and fear–associated with my early surgery. His presence as witness was key. When the release of pain is witnessed by another, a new level of healing takes place .

Does one ever resolve trauma completely? I think not. There’s always another level of resolution. Imagine a spiral staircase. Each time we work through something, we go up several stairs. We arrive on a step directly above one previously stood upon. We have come full circle but are now higher up in space. Awesome, yes?

This phenomenon can make us feel dispirited and frustrated as in we’ll never get it done. On the other hand, we are always in process and that’s the beauty of being human. There’s always more room to grow or heal. When we die, we are unfinished masterpieces. Imperfect perfection. I choose to see myself this way.

Get the diagnosis right — PTSD!

Depression. Bipolar Disorder. Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder. Hyperactivity. ADD. ADHD. On and on. How many of these types of diagnoses are simply incorrect? Could a person be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and not know it?  Could the doctor, too be unaware of the presence of this condition? The answer is yes, a resounding yes. For… Continue Reading

Stomach Speaks: Healing through SomatoEmotional Release

Yes, a laughing stomach! As many of you know, I am healing from a head and neck injury. My old trauma from infant stomach surgery was reactivated by the fall,  and so my therapy includes work with this aspect of my health, too. As my Cranio-Sacral therapist was working with my jaw, a dialogue began with… Continue Reading

More Levine on Trauma

Here is some hopeful news from trauma specialist Dr. Peter Levine from his book Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. “Trauma evokes a biological response that needs to remain fluid and adaptive, not stuck and maladaptive. A maladaptive response is not necessarily a disease, but a dis-ease–a discomfort that can range from mild uneasiness to downright… Continue Reading

In His Words: Healing Trauma Guru Peter Levine

Here is material quoted from Peter Levine’s brilliant book about healing trauma, Waking the Tiger. I blogged about him years ago; it’s time to think about his message again. You can also watch this YouTube in which Peter Levine describes his ideas. In response to threat, the organism can fight, flee, or freeze . .… Continue Reading