Five Ways That Shaking Can Help to Heal Trauma

Five Ways That Shaking Can Help to Heal Trauma

Shaking can release long-held tension patterns and promote new feelings of connection and ease. It is a novel stimulus to the central nervous system. New stimuli, approached with safety and curiosity, can support learning and growth. TRE®, Tension and Trauma Releasing...

Become an Expert in Touch: Train with Body College

Become an Expert in Touch: Train with Body College

Last month we held a seminar on our ‘Art of Touch’ Biodynamic Craniosacral 2-year professional training and the feedback has been excellent.  The course is suitable for you if you’re a health professional considering adding a new modality to your work or an individual...

Childhood Trauma, ACES and TRE

Childhood Trauma, ACES and TRE

The body is central to understanding what trauma is and how we should deal with it. In this blog I discuss how to work with the body to help to resolve the effects of early, childhood trauma. This is taken from a recent podcast interview I did called Living With...

Four Keys for Using Touch to Heal Trauma

Four Keys for Using Touch to Heal Trauma

Whether you’re personally working to release and heal trauma within you, or you’re a practitioner helping your clients to work through trauma, touch is an incredibly powerful and simple tool.  I recently had a fascinating conversation with my long-time colleague Jane...

The Power and Limits of Touch

The Power and Limits of Touch

Touch in manual therapy does not work in the way most people think it does. Evidence increasingly shows there are clear limits to our ability to diagnose and treat structural issues by focusing on local tissue dynamics. We can however negotiate ‘affective touch’ to...

To Heal Trauma We Do Not Need to Remember

To Heal Trauma We Do Not Need to Remember

When trying to recover from overwhelming experiences it can be helpful to understand how memory works, particularly how memories are related to feelings in the body. Memory is a complex perception. In this blog I’ll explore how memory works and why it can get confused...

Can we ease anxiety through embodiment?

Can we ease anxiety through embodiment?

Anxiety is most commonly framed as a psychological problem, and helping people with anxiety has traditionally been seen as the territory of mental health professionals.  However, through over 20 years of clinical experience as a bodyworker I’ve discovered how safely...

Can we change the way we perceive pain?

Can we change the way we perceive pain?

Pain is strange in that it is non-linear and quickly becomes amplified over and above what is happening in the tissues.  A leading definition emerging from the latest research is that pain emerges when your brain decides something is unsafe.  At the core of the...

Is trauma physiological, or psychological?

Is trauma physiological, or psychological?

When it comes to healing trauma, psychology isn’t unimportant, however, when we work with a body-up approach, we can reset the overactive triggers in our threat detection systems. When the body is calm and we’ve quieted its protective reflexes, we can make more space...

The Hidden Mystery of Trauma

The Hidden Mystery of Trauma

When I started to learn about trauma and I realised that the most important decision a human being is making is “am I safe?”, it became a key focus of my work. Especially when I discovered that all pain, anxiety and depression is rooted in feelings of not being safe....

You’re an organic garden, not a broken machine

You’re an organic garden, not a broken machine

When it comes to working with pain, I believe the core of our clinical work is finding creative ways to help people find agency, strength and choice.  In my early work, I used to believe there was a stretch or a manipulation for every health challenge. Over time I...

Four Ways to Embody Safety for Yourself and Your Clients

Four Ways to Embody Safety for Yourself and Your Clients

I’m a passionate advocate for embodiment. Human beings function best when they’re connected, present, not dissociated and able to be coherent with what’s happening inside them and what’s happening around them. This is an ongoing negotiation. In my clinical practice,...

Blissful Movements Podcast

Blissful Movements Podcast

I was recently interviewed for the Blissful Movements Podcast. We explored: How embodiment is a lifelong journey.  When we dissociate, where do we go to? The physiology of empathy. How our sense of self is defined by many streams of information as bio-psycho-social...

Why is ‘shaking it off’ so good for us?

Why is ‘shaking it off’ so good for us?

The psychologist, Dr David Bercelli has long worked in the Middle East and North Africa in war-torn communities. He was in a bomb bunker in Lebanon when he began to conceive the practice of TRE (Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises). As the bombing continued, he...

How Bodyworkers Can Be More Brave and Ambitious With Touch

How Bodyworkers Can Be More Brave and Ambitious With Touch

Touch is stranger and more powerful than often assumed. In trauma, pain and anxiety, touch can be a safe, novel stimulus to access new possibilities in our physiology. As bodyworkers we can learn to be more skillful as we touch our clients. A focus on slow, relational...

Relational Touch

Did you know there are two types of touch? It is useful to understand the difference between quick touch and slow touch. Quick touch goes along big, thick A fibre nerves. These nerves are like motorways. Slow touch is different, it goes along slow, thin C fibre...

We Touch Whole People, Not Parts of People

We Touch Whole People, Not Parts of People

When it comes to working with people’s pain and trauma, it turns out that feeling safe and exploring someone’s stories; their hopes, dreams and fears is key to healing.  I trained as a chiropractor where we often only treat part of the body. One of the central ideas...

Why safe touch feels amazing and bad touch feels awful

Why safe touch feels amazing and bad touch feels awful

Lockdown has been a massive experiment in non-touching. The stories of people isolated in hospital with only a screen to communicate to loved ones or the images of people on either side of plastic barriers, are heartbreaking. The past 12 months have reinforced the...

Why is embodiment key to healing trauma?

Why is embodiment key to healing trauma?

If it is hard to feel, it is hard to heal.  Our feeling states are often hidden, rarely simple, and sometimes scary. Embodiment tools can help us develop our capacity to feel, which is incredibly useful in resolving pain, anxiety and trauma.  We’re all hardwired to...

The Brain Can Make Mistakes When it Comes to Pain

The Brain Can Make Mistakes When it Comes to Pain

When I teach that “pain involves the brain,” people often feel that I’m saying that it’s their fault. That’s really not what I am saying. I like to talk about the mind, the brain, and the body. The mind is our consciousness, our awareness, our sense of self. The brain...

How to recognise fight, flight or freeze

How to recognise fight, flight or freeze

The understanding of trauma is fundamental to health.  We’re all hardwired to respond to overwhelming experiences in the same way. We contract away from danger, we run, jump fight or shutdown. The control mechanisms (nervous, hormonal and immune) take us immediately...

Links between pain and trauma

Links between pain and trauma

Links between pain and trauma Polyvagal theory developed by Dr Stephen Porges is very influential in the trauma world. The essence of polyvagal theory is that feeling safe is the fundamental drive for humans. If there is the perception of danger ('neuroception' is the...

Can feeling your body lessen anxiety?

Can feeling your body lessen anxiety?

Understanding how anxiety is created by our nervous system trying to protect us, and how our fight-or-flight mechanisms can get stuck, can significantly lessen the fear experienced during anxiety attacks. I’m deeply curious about how minds and bodies interact. I am...