Category Archives: body memory

The Year of the Body

My body. In 2017, I’m EMDR-ing my body part by part.  I started with my belly and abdomen. Here is where I was cut in 1952 in order to save my life. Back then, my stomach–the organ itself– was actually sliced in order to relieve pressure so the passageway into the small intestine would open up,…

Don’t Distress. Effervesce with EMDR!

I wrote a draft of this post a few days ago which is already obsolete. That’s the power of EMDR. Backstory: Each morning after making my bed, stretching, letting the ducks out of their cages, and pouring a cup of green tea, I sit for meditation. By this time, I’m sufficiently super-tensed. Why?  That’s the…

Our Bodies are Key in Healing Trauma

When I had pyloric stenosis, a stomach obstruction, as an infant, by 26 days old I had lost two and a half pounds–a skin and bones baby. My mother was terrified and frantic, for I was misdiagnosed and the medical professionals were not helping. I was dying. I say this but don’t remember. Guaranteed that my…

Unfreeze your Psoas in 2014 with TRE!

Sound like Greek? It was to me when my acupuncturist told me back in 1983 that my psoas was spasmed. I literally couldn’t walk, the pain in my groin was so bad. Here’s an oil painting that I made of the pain:  With a cane, I got to a few places, one being the acupuncturist. John…

“Becoming Comfortable in [Our] Bodies”–Transforming PTSD

I am thrilled about the article I just read–“The Limits of Talk” by Mary Sykes Wylie, Ph.D., a senior editor of Psychotherapy Networker. She eloquently explains the evolution of the thinking of Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist and neurobiological researcher, regarding the nature of trauma. In his decades of experience and research, he came to the conclusion…

Sometimes, Therapy: Untethering Trauma Part II

In my last post, I described the ways that my former therapist, Lee O. Johnson, worked with me –through my body, my emotions, and my intellect. I want to share another example so that you get an even better idea about how trauma can be untethered through therapy in which one does more than talk….

Sometimes, Therapy: Untethering Trauma

In order to heal from trauma, therapy is what we sometimes need. Someone outside ourselves to make observations, give feedback, suggest new ways of responding to life’s situations and circumstances, and offer emotional support. While I am a big proponent of self-healing, I have also been the recipient of therapy at critical junctures in my…

Can We Free Ourselves from PTS Prison?

Talking with folks about PTS, those who have it and those who don’t, I get the feeling that, in general, people believe that those with PTSD will just have to live with it the rest of their lives. Or, folks are a tiny bit hopeful that they or someone can change but don’t really believe…

Making Sense of Preverbal Trauma

I love Dr. Perry. He is a researcher in children’s mental health and in the field of neuroscience. He’s a super advocate for abused, neglected, and traumatized kids and an educator extraordinaire. His book The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us about Loss, Love and Healing, in which he shares…

Into Sky: A Tale of Somatic Release

I’m growing a wing. More accurately, the wing that’s always been there, atrophied and flightless, is finding freedom. Strange as it sounds, my shoulder is being liberated from guarding my body where a surgeon cut my belly open when I was twenty-six days old.  Somatic release! Amazing. Check this out. All day every day, and…