The Body Stores Trauma

Walking Greenlake is one of my favorite resources for healing trauma in Seattle. Today was beautiful!
Greenlake is one of my favorite resources for healing. Today was beautiful!

Hello my loves!

It is officially fall. We are being enveloped by the mysterious mist of rainy days and leaves beginning to change color. Halloween is on the horizon and we can almost smell Christmas. As we shift seasons let’s remember that our Nervous System needs to adjust from the sun filled days of joyful exuberance to the time of strength gained from knowing yourself though introverted inner exploration.

To know oneself is to connect with our soul’s desires and its reason for having incarnated. As we delve deeper into our process of self-discovery, we will find areas that are temporarily inaccessible to us. Areas of our body that we walled off to keep ourselves safe when we experienced trauma. There can be many forms of trauma that our cellular memory carries as cysts of disorganized energy.

I first encountered this when doing massage and the tissue under my hands felt like a wall that pushed back with a resounding “do not enter”.  When our body holds trauma we don’t have access to all of who we are and we have a limited ability to experience our natural joy and healing capacity.

How do we know if trauma has limited how we experience ourselves?
  • Decreased vitality and joy
  • Physical pain that has “no reason”. (Tight jaw, shoulder pain, headaches)
  • Restrictive body patterns and armoring
  • Limited capacity for intimacy
  • Unhealthy boundaries
  • Known traumas (car accidents, falls, surgeries, illnesses, sexual trauma).
  • We may react with a visceral intensity that does not match the “offense”. – Suppressed emotions
  • When we still have a charge when thinking about or discussing an event in our lives. (We may flush, feel a little sweaty, get dizzy, “pop out of our bodies”)
  • When we aren’t living up to our soul’s potential
How can we claim all of who we are?

The first question is how does the belief, story or traumatic event land in your body? Does your heart ache when you talk about someone or does it feel full? What are the physical sensations you are experiencing in your body? Hot, cold, numb, tingly – Learning how to listen to what your body is telling you is the first step in healing. As you do this remember to be kind to yourself and to create a sacred space of healing. I personally like to set aside quiet time to go inward and I have a little ritual of lighting a candle as I set the intent for my exploration. Journal your findings. Find support from a trauma informed professional who specializes in healing soul wounds. Connect to resources that will best help you through your journey. Some of my favorite resources are:

  • Meaningful connection with friends
  • Healthy and nourishing food (That includes my sugar-free organic hot chocolate, Yum!)
  • Hugs, lots of hugs!
  • Snuggling with my kitty
  • Exploring nature

To heal trauma more deeply book a BioEmotional Transformation session with me (Erica Eickhoff) . Discover how to:

  • Connect more fully with your body
  • Live a soul inspired life
  • Expand your capacity for creativity and joy
  • Use your inner physician to heal yourself
  • Feel more “at home” within yourself
  • Embrace your pleasure potential
  • Gain access to the Universal Source of vitality

To begin your healing journey schedule your session here.

Happy Fall my dear friends!

Hugs,

Erica

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