What is Trauma

What is Trauma ?

 Trauma is the emotional and bodily response to experiencing an overwhelmingly terrible events and has devastating impacts on our minds, our bodies, and our relationships. Some examples are the following:

  • Combat
  • Natural disaster
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Physical, sexual, emotional abuse or abandonment in childhood
  • A medical condition such as a caner diagnosis and treatment

Trauma often threatens body integrity and tends to overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. Trauma often disconnects one from their bodies even after the experience has passed.

Some common affects of trauma might be:

  • severe anxiety and depression
  • mental health diagnosis's 
  • PTSD
  • difficulty regulating emotions and well being
  • dissociation from one’s body or hypersensitive to sensory experiences
  • a reliance on external forms of coping such as addictions 
  • poor self image, esteem and worthiness of care
  • compromised abilities to relate with other relationships  to one’s self and others
  • chronic pain 

In fact when compared to the general population, individuals with chronic pain tend to have at least double the rates of trauma in their past.

 Why TCTSY as an integral part of one’s healing journey?
Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves." -Bessel van der Kolk

TCTSY facilitators are highly trained trauma experts to guide you body based healing that is safe, effective and evidenced based.  TCTSY is a practice of bodily inquiry that one is completely in charge of at all times during movement exploration. TCTSY focuses on the re-experiencing of one’s body through a practice of interoception which means feeling one’s own body in new empowering ways.  

Please watch this short video from The Trauma Center in Boston from one of my mentors to learn more about TCTSY. 
 

Creating a safe place for healing

A brief introduction and demonstration of a Trauma Center Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) experience.