“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.” ― Dr. Peter A. Levine, PhD, Trauma Specialist & Developer of Somatic Experiencing®
Recent studies are showing the value of massage & bodywork therapies as a complementary treatment for those who have been exposed to trauma. Built over years of experience, research, and hands-on application, Ranpreet works with a deep understanding of how trauma is stored in both the mind and the body. Becoming aware of the tension and holding patterns in the body where the energy becomes stagnant or repressive can open a door way to gently bringing these patterns to the surface to be released and transformed. The most important aspect of this type of bodywork is to meet you where you are in your healing process, to know what to nurture and facilitate and what not to facilitate during any individual session, and to collaborate with your body’s innate intelligence and power of self-healing and transformation.
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® and Energy Balancing are two wonderful clothes-on methods for addressing trauma and stress related problems. Ranpreet has been an active Jin Shin Do® Practitioner since 2014 and has been training in Energy Work since 2004. Wilhelm Reich, Austrian doctor and psychoanalyst, developed the concept “rings of armor” in the 1930s. Reich refers to emotional “body armor” as holding patterns that form in the physical body in response to chronically stressful and traumatic events and contain the memories and emotions connected with such events. He described seven horizontal armor rings — ocular, oral, cervical, thoracic, diaphragmatic, abdominal, and pelvic segments that exist at right angles to the flow of “life force” energy in the body, and are interrelated to the chakra system of eastern philosophy.
In Trauma Informed Bodywork, understanding the way the body holds traumatic memories and the systematic way to gently release these charged cellular body memories, or even to strengthen the places where the energy feels good and stable, in the “segments” using energy balancing techniques and specific pressure on acupuncture points with Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is key. The idea is that when tension becomes chronic, there develops not only a specific point of tension, but an interrelated ring of tension in that area or segment. Thus, tension in one part of a segment affects the other parts, which could be referred to as the “segmental effect.” By releasing the tension or enhancing the flow of energy in the segments, we can free up the muscular constriction and release the emotional blockages associated with this muscular tension, improving overall stress regulation of the nervous system.
Two other complementary therapeutic modalities for women with trauma backgrounds are Thai Yoga Bodywork and Integrative Massage. Please read more about these if you are interested in combining these with any other techniques or having these as stand-alone treatments with the same trauma sensitivity and integrity as applied in all sessions.
According to the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), trauma informed care is "an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of trauma." A trauma informed approach is orchestrated by the key principles of Safety, Trustworthiness and Transparency, Peer Support, Collaboration and Mutuality, Client Empowerment, Voice and Choice, and Recognition of Differing Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues. Trauma informed bodywork gives clients a voice in receiving healthy and collaborative touch. Bodywork can be a very powerful adjunct to psychotherapy and can be vital to rebuilding a sense of trust, self-empowerment, and true autonomy. A massage therapist’s scope of practice specifies that we cannot actively engage in conversation about the trauma other than to listen, support and refer. It is in the listening and supporting that we can really hone our skills and make a palpable difference in a client’s experience of healing. Additionally, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being. Additional information found at www.jinshindo.org.
A free phone consultation is provided (828) 276-3475 to better understand each client's goals for therapeutic treatment and to answer any questions regarding modalities for an optimal treatment plan to reach those goals. The treatments performed are recorded and documented to achieve maximum results.