Trauma Skills for Bodyworkers

With Suvaco Hansen, Emma Gilmore and Katherine Ukleja    

THE CONCEPT

Babette Rothschild tells us The Body Remembers, Besel van der Kolk tells us The Body Keeps the Score, and Peter Levine tells us that trauma is treated in the body, not the mind.

All these giants in the trauma field point to the same truth - trauma alters body function. The involuntary neural circuits, which drive trauma physiology also control instinctual, emotionally-lead behaviours ranging from to aggression, to withdrawal. As body workers with sophisticated touch skills, we are in the ideal position to help the body let go of these disturbing tissue memories and move towards healthy function of both body and mind.

THE TEACHERS

Suvaco is a body psychotherapist specialising in developmental trauma. He holds an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice and is a registered UKCP and NARM practitioner. He trained in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah for 17 years as a Buddhist monk. He will introduce the so-called 'top down and bottom up' approaches for somatic inquiry using both verbal and non-verbal skills for co-regulating neuro-affective states.

 Emma has been a Bodywork therapist for 25 years and teaches internationally. She has been working with fascia for the past 10 years and is fascinated by emotional holding patterns that manifest in the tissues of the body. It is this and her experiential knowledge that she will share with you through hands-on techniques.

 Katherine has been a practitioner for 35 years and one of a small band of leading international teachers of Craniosacral Therapy. She will bring clinical approaches that work directly with trauma physiology in which the nervous system defaults to survival reflexes. In particular she will focus on normalizing the function of the ANS and optimising vagal tone.

© Katherine Ukleja 2014