If there are situations in your life, which feels unsafe to you, and you cannot fight it or run away from it, we can speak of trauma. In a trauma, part of the tenth cranial nerve the vagus nerve which is an important component in our body can shut down. Inside your body, this is recorded. Every age has its own places in your body, where that trauma reaction can attach. Because it bothers you, you go to a physiotherapy, a psychologist or a therapist. And each time you get many insights, but the symptoms remain. Peter Levine, the founder of Somatic Experiencing stated, that if 5 elements are not completed, the trauma remains in the body. Those 5 elements are: the body sensations, the imagery, the associated behavior, the feeling you have in your body and the meaning you give to such things. Prof Bessel van der Kolk, an expert on trauma-related stress, therefore said, "The body keeps the score", which I freely translate as, "The body keeps the traces of trauma" (book : Trauma Traces). It doesn't matter if you suffered that trauma at a very young childhood age.
I am not a trauma therapist, but I have experience in getting the body to relax through yoga by working specifically on those parts of the body, where the body has stored the memory.
Lisbeth Marcher and Sonja Fich wrote a guideline where psychological functions are stored in the muscles. I give a brief overview below as a teaser, places I work on during my yoga:
Location in the body
|Conception up to 6 months in uterus
|1 month to 1 ½ years
|8 months to 2 ½ years
|2 to 4 years
|3 to 6 years
|5 to 9 years
|7 to 12 years
|11 to 19 years
As you can see, there are distinct spots that are age-related. If you experience trauma at that age, then that spot will be able to show higher stress levels, which can eventually lead to symptoms. Example: notorious unsafe attachment within the first 1,000 days of a child's life. We then often see chronic complaints at the level of the neck, shoulders, along the spine and around the pelvic area.
(Thanks to 'DeVierCirkels' for this insight)
My goal is to bring you to complete calm, and specifically to relax those parts of your body that may be a reaction to previous (unconscious) trauma. I aim to reduce your feelings of stress and only experience satisfaction when clients report feeling calm and relaxed after the session. To me, this is a sign that the nervous system is regulated and that we have had a positive impact on the individual's well-being.
I cherish a sincere desire to share my transformations and experiences. Through yoga, I want to help others, let them experience and offer enlightenment to those who are open to this approach and willing to work on themselves.
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