Trauma Informed, Integrative Breathwork
Inspired by 15 years of experience facilitating BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System®
The foundation of trauma informed breath work is safety. You will develop a relationship with your internal/external resources and experience how grounding, orientation, resonance, and pendulation/titration (how to utilize your body’s natural rhythm of moving between the contraction of tension and the expansion of relaxation) are key components in safely using the breath for nervous system regulation and the ability to experience the freedom and spaciousness available when embodying present state awareness.
Deep, rhythmic connected breathing activates the sympathetic nervous system, which awakens somatically felt sensations. These sensations re-establish connection to your internal, non-verbal landscape and your body as a safe haven. They are also useful as locaters for the interrupted nervous system impulses which originally created the areas of held stress/tension/anxiety (trapped trauma energy) in the body. Following, exploring and completing these associated impulses through conscious expression of unwinding movements and vocalization will liberate the trapped physical, mental and emotional energy.
Therefore, these breathing techniques are the bridge between your protective body armoring and unconscious, interrupted flight/fight/freeze patterns stored within your cellular memories towards curious and conscious awareness of your full range of felt sensations, completed expression and embodied integration.
Conscious diaphragmatic breathing also activates specific neural pathways that are associated with emotion, cognition and body awareness therefore highlighting the connection to your felt sensations and emotions while decreasing attachment to the thinking mind thus allowing the body’s innate wisdom to arise in the session. This supports changes in neuroplasticity which is the ability to appropriately reroute neural pathways and create trauma integration.
Therapeutic Bodywork & De-armoring
Pelvis/Psoas, Thoracic/Heart, Cervical/Voice
Focused, therapeutic touch is a valuable compliment to connected breathing for further stimulation and unwinding of the trapped trauma energy within your fascia and musculature. This pain is longing to be felt and touched.
We will focus on 3 specific regions: the pelvis including the psoas muscle to ground your roots (core foundation and fight/flight muscle), the thoracic to free your heart (source of love and connection) and the cervical to release your voice (expression). Stress and tension in these areas limits your authentic connection to full self love, healthy relating, flowing creativity, conscious communication, connection with god/source/creator and receiving/expressing needs, joy and pleasure.
This can be related to a variety of childhood developmental traumas and later in life shock or situational traumas including, but not limited to sexual abuse, violations and misuse.
With gentleness and loving care, we create access to these wounds. The tension begins to melt which releases the bound up protective energy thereby freeing up and offering back life flow throughout your entire energetic, musculature and nervous systems.
Self Inquiry and Self Awareness Practice
There are times when fear of meeting the pain in you or the deepest love in you feels so overwhelming and scary. Unconscious and avoidant patterns, habits and behaviors are formed and often triggers stem from there. Triggers can breed shame &/or victimization and a cycle is created, when in truth, all your inner wounded child truly craves is to be seen, heard, met, held and loved.
The same strategies that were created by your younger intelligence to keep you protected are now keeping you from living safely and freely in your truest expression.
Through curious questioning and a variety of awareness building exercises, you are invited to investigate, reveal and observe the stressful conceptual mind and underlying core beliefs in order to reframe and repair these biased strategic truths that you believe to be true.
This points you in the direction of a spacious, clear, compassionate understanding of your authentic self including your healthy aligned needs, desires and boundaries. With this new understanding, you are navigating a balanced, content, sustainable way of being and a beautiful initiation to the journey home where your precious, inner wounded child gets to be seen, heard, met, held and LOVED.
Supported, Constructive and Compassionate Sharing
You will be invited to vulnerably share your past stories, especially those once hidden out of shame and fear and your current revelations. This sharing has a deep, profound meaning and an important healing impact.
We use quite a lot of energy to hide inside the “lie” of the shadow. When this constricted energy begins to expand thru this art of exposure and the shame is met and freed, they both effortlessly integrate and turn into the lightness of presence which brings peace, trust, relaxation and pleasure. You are seen and met with the gentle, acceptance that you both feared and desired.
Imagine a circle of women committed to gently and carefully supporting your tender, wounded and profoundly loving heart. And often meeting you with the mirrored recognition that you are not alone!
Free form dance, conscious deliberate movement, meditation techniques, music and sound, sauna/hot tub/sweat lodge
(per venue), nourishing vegetarian meals, humor, joy and pleasure and carefully-chosen, nurturing, beautiful, natural environments.