My desire to be a registered (BCST) therapist and bring the work to others came from personal experience receiving the work. In spite of leading, what appeared to be, a charmed and unquestionably privileged life, the head and neck pain I had my whole life persisted. I never once thought about my nervous system--let alone considered that it was dysregulated and keeping me stuck with a way of living that was far from my potential.
Then I learned about trauma*. Like many, I thought I hadn’t experienced any trauma. I started to understand that smaller, cumulative traumas were undigested in my body and since we are bodies that is what mattered. That overwhelm is overwhelm whether I judged it as trauma or not. That even pre-birth and birth process events can still be unresolved and impede health. I couldn’t learn and think my way out of this if I tried. All the adjustments, massages and yoga classes alone could not ease my pain. First my body needed to know safety and I needed to know what it felt like to feel it.
I have found the work to be vital in processing old and recent undigested stress and trauma, lessening pain and stiffness and bringing a sense of well-being that extends to all aspects of my life. I also schedule it to provide nervous system support around common stressors, such as surgeries, dental work, grief and loss.
Read more about the work here.
*"Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict."--Peter Levine
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Amy Linville is an artist and esthetician that believes simple, sustainable and non-rushed daily skincare and beauty rituals are the foundation for finding comfort in your skin and looks, no matter your age.
Photos used under Creative Commons from Pen Waggener, Brett Jordan