• Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies

    BLOG / Stillpoint Health


Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies

19 November 2019

“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies. The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from themselves.” – Bessel van der Kolk

Having the courage to stop and feel this gnawing discomfort is often the first time those who have lived with chronic trauma will truly experience being in the body.

They often won’t even be aware that they aren’t fully embodied. This often started with multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) that kept a little one from developing healthy coping mechanisms. This is often accompanied by poor family connections (if any at all) which is critical for developing the nervous systems and the brain.

We are wired for connection, but we need to learn how to make these vital relationships through our parents and primary caregivers.

It can often sound counter-intuitive to a traumatized individual to start to feel into the body. We are a society that thinks and leads from the mind, believing this to be the only place we look to start the process of healing. Usually through talk therapies, which of course, do have their place.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy gently encourages a relationship to Self through the body.
This in itself, is a revelation, that once trusted, can lead to lasting trauma resolution and healing.

You Say

" I went to see Jo because I’ve suffered with chronic knee & shoulder pain for over a decade. I’d tried physio & massages which helped temporarily but the pain would always come back. After noticing ... "



What my clients say