Healing Past Trauma, Part One
The Body is Our Story-Teller
by Cailin O'Hara, MAcOM, LAc, Dipl OM
“…our bodies are the agents by which we exist in the world. They are also the receptacles of memories that, often vanished from our conscious awareness, are still deeply etched within our being. When those memories are triggered, we experience suffering at a highly existential level that transcends consciousness.”
Anyone that experiences anxiety, flashbacks or panic will tell you that their feelings are not only in their minds but also in their bodies.
A rapid heart rate, sweats, shakes, sensations of numbness or feeling like you're not actually in your body are all examples of this. When we experience any kind of trauma, whether it be shock, grief, abuse or a physical event (like a car accident), this creates a shock to our physical system. This abrupt stop can create holding patterns and stagnation in the body.
In effect, we hold our experiences in our being.
"Trauma victims cannot recover until they become familiar with and befriend the sensations in their bodies."
On every level, our body tells our story.
When you don’t honor the power and innate intelligence of the body, you’re missing the point in providing medicine.
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I love this article. It is so true, sometimes when we start to work through our past traumas it can make us feel re traumatized! I look forward to more information on this topic!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Danielle! I'm grateful that the article resonates with you. More to come soon. :)
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Dr. Cailin O'Hara, DACM, Dipl OM, LAc, is a nationally board certified Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, intuitive and coach. She is based in Phoenix, AZ, and works with clients worldwide.
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