Trauma therapy, Fight, Flight & Freeze… how to stop running away from the tiger

Animals shake trauma out of their body naturally. Unfortunately humans often get stuck in the fight/flight or freeze response since uncontrolled crying/shaking or tantrums are socially not acceptable and so since childhood we have learned to suppress them. But what emotions we suppress eats our energy and finally makes us ill. – Depression, Anxiety, Sleep disorder, Chronic Fatigue, to name just a few. Over the past year my therapy journey has increasingly focused on trauma release. And one of the most important things I learned was that working with the logical level does not help. We need to work with the emotional charge in the physical cells, the unconscious animal body that at all costs tries to survive. So how do we bypass the conscious brain? There are many techniques. The one’s I am using are NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Hypnotherapy, combined with Shiatsu (Acupressure) and Somatic body work/Emotional release techniques, supporting clients during trauma release (grief, fear, sexual abuse etc).

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One of the most important things I’ve learned is that working with the logical level of the mind does not help. We need to process the emotional charge of trauma on the unconscious, the physical cell level – because it is our unconscious animal body that runs the survival program – at all costs, even if it is exhausting the body to the core it intention is to be safe, to survive. So how do we bypass the conscious brain to work with the unconsciousness? There are so many practices available. They all have the aim to integrate and heal, may it be Shamanic Healing, Reiki or Meditation. I am using NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Hypnotherapy, combined with Shiatsu (Acupressure) and Emotional release techniques, supporting clients during trauma release (grief, fear, sexual abuse etc). Our animal body needs to know it is safe first of all – then we can teach it different behaviour patterns and create new beliefs.

And animals and consciousness is a good subject. In their own way they are superior as they do not judge, they are in the present moment. When our human consciousness arises it separates us from the environment. It’s the “I”, the ego, that learns to fear, to contract and control. How do you let go of this control and allow the universe to hold you? How do you wake up from a victim state when you don’t know you are in this story of blame and wanting to control? How do you return to the universal flow when our unconscious mind runs the show? About 98% of our action is driven by programs learned in our early childhood or even before – ancestral Qi … How do you know that it’s your limiting beliefs and perceptions that create the world around you… the path to awakening and COMPASSION for ourselves is a slow and windy one…

I have now “stumbled upon” a wonderful Shiatsu/TCM (Chinese Medicine) focused trauma workshop and I’m so looking forward to bringing this focus even more into my body work, freeing the instinctive animal body of old trauma and help it to find new zest and joy for life.

When releasing old trauma and related behaviour and belief patterns you can often experience a completely new outlook on life, a heightened sense of peace and calm and at the same time a new lease of energy and aliveness, as the stress reduction helps freeing up the body’s energy and helps us find more empowered ways of dealing with life’s challenges.

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