10-Minute Somatic Therapies For Healing Trauma

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“Traumatic events are almost impossible to put into words.” - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

For this reason, talk therapy doesn’t always help. 

This is because during moments of trauma recall, Broca’s area of the brain – the part responsible for speech production – shuts down, compromising our ability to describe how we are feeling (van der Kolk, 2014; Werbalowsky, 2019).

Not only this, but verbal forms of therapy that rely on the recounting of traumatic events can in fact retraumatize survivors and hinder the process of healing (van der Kolk, 2014).

But according to Dr. Peter Levine, by working with the trauma-affected nervous system directly through somatic therapies, we learn to slowly release trauma from the body, creating a space inside ourselves where healing can begin.

These somatic techniques – such as yoga, breathwork, meditation and dance – enhance our awareness of the exact sensations we are experiencing in the parts of our bodies that have been affected by trauma (Saumaa, 2021; Warren, 2022; Werbalowsky, 2019).

This heightened awareness, in turn, helps us to reintegrate our minds and bodies to work toward a state of being where we can fully trust that we are safe in ourselves (Grabbe & Miller-Karas, 2018; Warren, 2022; Weber, 2009).

These body-based modalities have a range of other benefits, too.

These include:

  • Improved self-agency and self-empowerment (Madeson, 2021; Werbalowsky, 2019)

  • Enhanced ability to connect with ourselves and others (Werbalowsky, 2019)

  • The reduction of symptoms of PTSD (Andersen et al., 2017)

  • Diminished physical pain (Andersen et al., 2017)

  • The calming of the mind (Madeson, 2021)

  • An appreciation of the pleasure of movement (van der Kolk, 2014)  

By reconstructing our sense of awareness, connection, trust, and agency, our new Understanding Somatic Therapies program explores how these body-based techniques can be used to heal the effects of trauma.

Determined to make these modalities more accessible, Rewire Therapy has brought together experts in the field of somatic therapies to assemble a two-week, expert-guided, do-it-from-home course – and we’ll be here to support you along your journey.

You’ll get 10-minute techniques for gradual, gentle, bodily trauma-release – such as pendulation, meditation, and breathwork.

You’ll also gain access to six theory modules where you’ll discover more about the effects of trauma on the body and how somatic therapies can be used for trauma-release.

These approaches intend to remind us all that we have the power to heal, and that this power comes from within (Hartley, 2004).

Introducing The Somatic Therapies For Trauma Program: 10-Minute Somatic Techniques To Heal From Trauma

 

Including Seven Somatic Movement Techniques:

Day 1: Orienting 

As caged animals without tails, we have lost our natural tools for locating danger. Orienting uses our five senses to become in tune with our environments so that we can find a sense of security.

Day 2: Dissociation

Feeling disconnected from our bodies and minds is a sign that we are stuck in survival mode. Although this is a protective mechanism, it is not a sustainable state to live in. Accordingly, through this exercise, we will explore tools for reconnection.

Day 3: Flashback Protocol

Shift traumatic memories using the flashback protocol technique to quell intrusive triggers. It is essential to develop skills for when flashbacks present themselves, as these resources can be called upon when our trauma overwhelms us.

Day 4: The Autonomic Nervous System

Using a visual representation, this simple psycho-educational description can be the start of a healing journey.

Day 5: Understanding Somatic Techniques

Learn how somatic techniques can help repair and rebalance the nervous system. It is not a quick fix. Healing from trauma is not a process that can be rushed.

Day 6: Neuro-Linguistics in Trauma Healing Sessions

Become aware of words' power and their capacity to trigger distress. Small and seemingly subtle differences in how something is expressed can determine whether a space is safe or not.

Day 7: Assisting The Immune System With Four Body Healing Techniques

Using four simple techniques, learn to shift your immune systems and feel more grounded. These easy-to-do, scientifically researched techniques help the pain body and mind repair and flourish.

7 Bonus Techniques

Receive seven additional expert-guided Somatic techniques: 

  • Body Layers
  • Pendulation
  • Furling and unfurling for bringing out your energy
  • Calling in your support team
  • Swaying meditation for checking into your body
  • Somatic guided breath exercise
  • Touch exercises to support yourself

+ 6 Expert Integration Modules:

Theory Module 1: An Introduction To Somatic Techniques For Trauma With Dr. Barbara Wade (44-min)

  • Somatic therapy and the autonomic nervous system 
  • Understanding the steps in trauma response 
  • Exploring the process of fragmentation 
  • Utilizing the nervous system to create a sense of safety 
  • Working to expand resilience and the window of tolerance 
  • Exploring skills to become more in-tune with body sensations

Theory Module 2: The Do's And Don'ts Of Somatic Work And Extra Practice With Dr. Barbara Wade (33-min)

  • The don'ts of somatic work 
  • The do’s of somatic work 
  • Examples of somatic work exercises you can practice

Theory Module 3: Understanding Somatic Work And Its Role In Healing Trauma With Ilene Smith (26-min)

  • What is trauma? 
  • Understanding the effects of trauma on the body. 
  • What is somatic work and how does it differ?
  • Understanding the role of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Benefits of a bottom-up approach.

Theory Module 4: Understanding The Benefits Of Somatic Techniques And How They Are Practiced With Ilene Smith (27-min)

  • Understanding how somatic work is practiced.
  • The importance of creating a presence for a therapist and client.
  • Benefits of somatic work.
  • Exploring somatic techniques to create safety in the body.

Theory Module 5: Understanding the Benefits of Somatic Work With Keara Mangham (32-min)

  • What is somatic work and why is it so effective?
  • Benefits of somatic techniques 
  • Exploring somatic techniques to help calm the nervous system

Theory Module 6: The Effect Of Trauma On The Body And How Somatic Techniques Help With Keara Mangham (33-min)

  • Western culture as a disembodied culture 
  • Understanding trauma energy in the body
  • Post-traumatic growth 
  • Understanding the role of the nervous system
  • The importance of self-attunement as a survivor, therapist, and client
  • How and why trauma gets stored in the body?

All Rewire Therapy Programs Come With:

  • A private support community

  • Lifetime access to the program and all future updates

  • Technical support via email and text

  • Start at any time at your own pace

  • 30-day money-back guarantee

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You’ll get all 6 theory modules, 7 somatic therapy techniques, learning tools, plus bonuses you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with a dysregulated nervous system.

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Thousands Of Healing Transformations With Rewire Therapy

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“For the first time ever, I feel like I understand what's happening in my body.” 

 

Andrea, USA
"I was super-skeptical if this would work for me because I had literally tried everything and nothing was helping my PTSD... A week into the course and I already feel a huge difference."
 

Emily R, New York
"I bought a course on trauma healing from MindValley but totally didn't relate to the teacher or the content. Listening to female experts who have been there really makes all the difference. Thank you so much :-)."
 
Jessica L, Toronto
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"I've learned to truly listen to my body once again. This course has been a true gift."
 

Jenna, Survivor, USA
"I think the weirdest difference I noticed was that when I was practicing the exercises in Week 1... I began to feel my feet again. I realized I had dissociated from my feet for so long."
 
 
Jason R, Los Angeles
"I've been trying to heal my PTSD for years. It always felt like I took 2 steps forward and 1 step back. I just purchased this course and it's already paid for itself. The information in week 1 alone was more helpful than anything else I've done."
 
Marie G, Quebec
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I was in a good place anyway. But this is the missing puzzle piece that I needed.”
 
 
Robert E, Portugal

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Meet The Experts

Tanya Zajdel

Tanya’s work with trauma healing and survivorship has been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, CBC News, Vox Tablet and Iheart Radio.

 

Tanya is a mental health worker, a women’s health nurse, and a published feminist author. Tanya focuses primarily on creating programs that facilitate trauma healing through creating new neural connections in the brain called 'neuroplasticity exercises'.

 

Her techniques combine various proven therapies to repair and reset the nervous system after trauma including somatic therapy, yoga, drama therapy, dance therapy, CBT, qigong, EMDR, vagal toning, authentic movement, and a combination of expressive, creative art therapies.

Dr. Kim DiRe'

Dr. Kim DiRe’ is trained, practiced, and certified in multiple disciplinary treatments for trauma healing. Her trauma healing response model has grown in popularity by referring physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists. She is certified as a Somatic® Experiencing Practitioner, has a Masters in Education as well as a Masters in Counseling. She received her Doctorate of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University Certified as a clinical hypnotherapist. By helping people heal and balance their nervous system, our community becomes surrounded by more individuals feeling a sense of well-being and purpose. The feeling of self-regulation and self-care is stabilizing and benefits each person’s mental and physical health.

Keara Mangham

Keara is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Expressive Arts Practitioner, Theta Healer, and Mindfulness teacher.

Keara offers a safe space to remember the feeling of deep connection with oneself. Her passion is in helping to guide clients back to their soul’s calling by coming home to their bodies. She's found that by learning to feel at home in our bodies, we can heal and feel able to fully arrive at each chapter of life. We hold the keys to our body, mind, and spirit, and with that reconnection comes a remembrance of the innate wisdom and joy to guide our journey.

Keara integrates elements of somatic experiencing. expressive arts therapy, movement, and touch into sessions. She's passionate about supporting client's in their healing journey!

Dr. Barabara Wade

I am a social worker in private practice and offer counseling for a variety of emotional and relationship difficulties. I am committed to seeing positive change in my clients’ lives. I hold a degree in physiotherapy, a master’s degree in psychology, and a doctorate in social work. In addition. I have training in Somatic experiencing, polyvagal theory (with Deb Dana), and emotionally focused couples therapy. I strive to have a deep empathic understanding of those with whom I work. I enjoy seeing others grow and I present courses to colleagues. I love what I do and am grateful for the satisfaction and privilege of sharing my clients’ journeys to healing.

Ilene Smith

Ilene Smith is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) whose work helps clients resolve trauma and develop a deeper sense of personal safety and capacity for resilience and joy. She is the author of Moving Beyond Trauma: The Roadmap to Healing from Your Past and Living with Ease and Vitality, an Amazon Bestseller, and her writing on psychology and wellness has appeared on Spirituality and Health, PsychCentral, and Brooke Burke’s ModernMom. Ilene holds master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Exercise Physiology. Ilene makes her home in Arizona and loves to travel, collect art, cycle, and practice yoga in her spare time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Sources

 
Andersen, T., Lahav, Y., Ellegaard, H., & Manniche, C. (2017). A randomized controlled trial of brief somatic experiencing for chronic low back pain and comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. European Journal Of Psychotraumatology, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2017.1331108
 
Grabbe, L., & Miller-Karas, E. (2018). The trauma resiliency model: A “bottom-up” intervention for trauma psychotherapy. Journal of the American Psychiatric, 24(1), 76-84. Doi: 10.1177/1078390317745133
 
Levine, P. A., Blakeslee, A., & Sylvae, J. (2018). Reintegrating fragmentation of the primitive self: Discussion of “somatic experiencing”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 28(5), 620-628
 
Saumaa, H., 2021. The dancing brain: Attention, cognition, and somatic movement. Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 27(5), p.230-234.
 
Werbalowsky, A. (2019). Breathing life into life: A literature review supporting body-based interventions in the treatment of trauma (Published Thesis). Lesley University, Cambridge.
 
Van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Mind, brain and body in the transformation of trauma. penguin UK.
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