The premise of this book is that, by adding body-oriented interventions to their repertoire, traditionally trained therapists can increase the depth and efficacy of their clinical work. When trauma is trapped, your body feels it and your brain tries to make sense of it. But it does not recognize the difference between physical or emotional danger - that's why your heart may physically hurt during heartbreak.
Dramatic advances in neuroscience over the past decade have led to important insights about how the brain, mind and body process traumatic experience. As part of my deep dive into trauma I wanted to write a post about the way trauma works in the body and brain, and the implications of this when we're working with trauma personally. I want to understand which kinds of practices are likely to be helpful, and which risk retraumatizing us.