Live More Joyfully

Trauma-Aware Bodywork, Breathwork, and Somatic Self-Care

Take up space in your body.

Living with chronic conditions can bring a whirlwind of challenges. Give yourself a chance to breathe with this core-centered approach to healing.

This treatment draws on principles of Maya Abdominal Therapy, breathwork, structural bodywork, and neuromuscular techniques to support the optimal function of all body systems. From your most pressing concerns about your health, we create a plan to help you achieve a notable improvement in your everyday experience of your body.

To that end, our intentions are threefold:
• Restore physiological balance to areas of soft tissue restriction and pain
• Notice the physical sensations connected with any emotions that arise
• Practice mindful self-care in moments of stress or pain to help break the cycle

Working with the Body’s Pain

The nervous system serves as a control center for all other body systems, and its settings are constantly adjusted in response to physical and emotional sensations. The gut-brain connection is a vital player in this process.

Trauma-aware bodywork trains your nervous system to a new state of balance. Through gentle abdominal therapy, intentional breath, and bodywork performed at your pace, the door opens to positive change in a wide variety of symptoms.

Self-care activities are an essential part of this practice, enabling you to access your inner resources where you need them most: out in the day-to-day world with all its pitfalls.

The Brain in Your Gut

Often called the “second brain”, the enteric nervous system is an extensive neural network on par with that of the brain itself. The vagus nerve--the longest cranial nerve in the body--supplies the digestive system and vital organs. Research shows that about 90% of the vagus nerve’s fibers are for sending information to the brain, not receiving it.

In other words, the gut has a significant and undeniable influence on our brain. It affects how the brain governs the body’s physiological processes, including those involved in mental and emotional health.

This is why the abdomen and the breath are central to this work. If you rest your hands on your belly, you have a powerful access door to your body’s inner physician right at your fingertips.

Why Trauma-Aware?

Trauma, both physical and emotional, has a profound effect on our physiology. When receiving physical touch, past traumas--even those not consciously remembered--can arise in surprising ways. Trauma-aware bodywork is designed with some common concerns and challenges in mind.

1. You have the option to remain clothed.
Bodywork can be deeply restorative for trauma survivors, but having to undress for it can be a barrier to treatment. You have the option to remain fully clothed for the session, and your comfort and privacy is assured regardless of your choice

2. We practice consent-based communication.
The intensity and pace of each treatment is directed by you. Your consent is verbally requested throughout the session, and we’ll make sure you’re comfortable with verbal and non-verbal ways to withdraw consent when needed.

3. You control the amount of touch you receive.
There is no right or wrong way to receive touch. As a matter of fact, the bodywork portion of the treatment can be done without receiving any physical touch at all. Energy work and/or self-massage techniques can be used instead to facilitate healing.

4. You control how much of your story you share.
You are welcome to talk about your past experiences if you find it helpful, but you are also welcome to receive your treatment without sharing those details. It isn’t necessary to tell stories from the past to experience positive change in the present.

5. You’re supported in case of dissociation or flashback.
The measures above are designed to minimize this risk, but your practitioner will be aware of signs that it may be occurring and will provide gentle support as you restore your present-moment awareness.