Body Sense

Spring 2013

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The Body Remembers Address and Relieve Traumatic Stress Through Massage By Leslie Korn W e benefit from massage and bodywork in so many ways. We may seek the help of massage to address pain and discomfort, or to relax from the stress of daily life. But bodywork can be just as effective in addressing traumatic stress, whether recent or long past. Sometimes during a session, when a practitioner touches specific areas of pain, emotions arise; these might include anxiety, fear, or sadness, or you even might experience flashback memories or images. If this happens, it is useful to have open communication with your practitioner to determine if you feel comfortable proceeding with the session. You may want the practitioner to stop the session entirely or work somewhere else on the body, or you may feel ready to process the feelings that arise. It is important to communicate with your practitioner, sharing any current symptoms, along with a history of injury or discomfort, and discuss whether the practitioner can provide touch therapy techniques to relieve these symptoms. Addressing symptoms that are related to longheld trauma can initiate a deeper experience of healing. 4 Body Sense

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