|It is rare that an adult has lived a life untouched by stressful situations. From fender benders to financial troubles, virtually everyone has experienced a time when they felt they had little or no control over events in their lives. Many people think the word 'trauma' implies something catastrophic, like domestic violence or PTSD. We believe this does a grave disservice to us all. Many people live with the effects of such a loss of control while believing that what happened to them wasn't large enough to qualify as trauma, and so they don't feel entitled to seek help, are ridiculed for not 'getting over it,' or their feelings of anger and helplessness aren't taken seriously by those to whom they do reach out. |
Body-Stored Trauma Release Therapy (BSTRT) is meant to assist those who want a bodywork practitioner who creates an environment of safety, who listens to and respects their boundaries (both verbal and unspoken), who is able to cultivate trust, and who will not shame them for how they feel or what they do (or don't do). Sometimes it resembles 'typical' bodywork sessions, but it doesn't have to -- it may not even involve actual physical contact between client and therapist. It is a way for you to release from your body sensations that do not serve you. Think of BSTRT as talk therapy for your body.
"Trauma is about loss of connection -- to ourselves, to our bodies, to our families, to others, and to the world around us." -- Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Peter Levine, Ph.D.
We believe that the health of a person's body is directly proportionate to their ability to fully physically and emotionally inhabit their body. Often, individuals experience traumatic events that prevent them from feeling comfortable in their own skin. Whether it is due to physical/sexual assault, emotional abuse, chronic illness, an automobile accident, surgery, military service, incarceration, or some other reason, some people whose bodies need massage therapy experience challenges in feeling safe while receiving one.
While there are many self-help books and programs available, it is most helpful if a person works to heal from trauma in the presence of someone else (someone who is skilled at holding space and keeping them focused). This is because we humans are social creatures, and we simply feel safer when we are not alone. It is well known that people who have a buddy to help them quit smoking, go to the gym, or study for a test, tend to achieve their goal faster. RST can offer you this level of accountability for your trauma healing.
Because this sort of work can only be accomplished through mutual trust,we find it most helpful to have a short pre-session meeting for new BSTRT clients, in which we get a sense for each other and chat about appropriate goals for our work together.
Beau has been working, in various capacities, with individuals experiencing body-stored trauma since 1986. Specific populations worked with include: former military servicepeople living with PTSD; current sex workers; chronic intravenous drug users; those who have been physically and/or sexually assulted; surviving siblings; and transgender people and others with body dysphoria.
---- This is a link to an article called The Trauma of Being Alive, by Mark Epstein, published in the New York Times 3 Aug 2013. If you or anyone you know doubts your feeling that something from your past is affecting your present, please read this. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/04/opinion/sunday/the-trauma-of-being-alive.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=fb-share