Stress, Trauma & the Resilient Body

Part storytelling, part lecture, part movement class, this is a free online presentation that weaves elements of personal narrative, research and cultural critique with alignment and breathing theories and corrective exercise.

Saturday, June 28

12:00 p.m. (Noon) - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Can't make the date? Register anyway in order to receive a link to the recording so you can watch at your leisure.

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For the bulk of my life, I have suffered from inexplicable physical maladies. Some - bunions, "bad" knees - were written off as genetic. Others - digestive issues, chronic pain in my right arm, vocal fold paresis - were harder to pin down. Cause: unknown. Cure: none.

My personal narrative, like that of most people I know, contains elements of stress and various forms of trauma. But as I've delved into the healing of those traumas, I've discovered that there is a detrimental lack of understanding and care around the way these traumas impact the body. It is aided by vast cultural pressure to dissociate from the hurts that have greatly impacted who we are and how we relate to our world.

As I've written about here, I had a traumatizing birth with my son. It wasn't until one year postpartum that I began to follow the trail back to my childhood and re-engaged with the sexual abuse I had wisely drowned out. For nearly thirty years, my body both helped me avoid dealing with this original trauma and simultaneously worked very hard to get my attention so that it could let go of its suffering.

Concurrent with my journey into the past I entered this world of alignment and corrective exercise.

The amazing juxtaposition of healing from trauma while studying alignment has been transformative. Incidentally, the path I took to healing from trauma had been a physical one, although I hadn't initially been seeking it out. I've used EMDR, trauma-sensitive yoga and, later Trauma Release Exercises. Today, I use my alignment practice to see where I am stuck - physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally - and as a tool in my overall healing. I have also picked up a few new tricks, most recently regarding breathing.

I believe firmly in the sharing of stories. Increasingly, our lives are lived at various levels of isolation and our lack of storytelling feeds into this separation, both because we struggle to believe anyone has had such a similar internal experience as our own and also because we get stuck in our stories if they can not be aired.

Jennifer Gleeson Blue, Restorative Exercise™ Specialist

Jennifer Gleeson Blue, Restorative Exercise™ Specialist

So I invite you to join this presentation in order to hear my story. Perhaps you will find yourself in it and my journey can shed some light into your own.

But this presentation is more than my own personal path. I will share what I've learned about the body, about all of our bodies, as we experience (and let go of) stress and trauma.

I will also invite you in to a gentle exploration of some restorative movement in order to see what your body might be longing to share with you and, perhaps, what it is ready to begin to let go of.

 

Stress, Trauma & the Resilient Body

The presentation will last 45 minutes to an hour, with time for questions at the end.

Discover yourself in and draw distinctions from my experience as I answer the following questions.

  • How have stress and trauma shown up in my life?

  • What impact has it had on my body?

  • How have I gone about healing and what does my healing look like today?

Learn key principles about the interconnectedness of the mind and body and develop a broader understanding of the possibilities for healing that exist.

  • Define stress and trauma

  • Understand some of the limitations of a solely cognition-based approach to healing

  • Unpack the cultural messages we receive

Explore your body through movement.

  • Experience a handful of restorative movements that will help you better sense where you are while moving you down the path of healing

  • Try out a new way of breathing that restores your body's natural rhythms and chemical balance

  • Discover ways to "protect" yourself and foster development as you engage with yourself or attend a class or work with a practitioner

It is important to note that I am not a psychotherapist and that the information you will learn is based on my own experiences of processing trauma and is intended to provide you with additional tools and insights for your own healing journey. I highly recommend professional therapeutic care as well as body work.

Stress, Trauma & the Resilient Body

an online presentation

Saturday, June 28

12:00 p.m. (Noon) - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Can't make the date? Register anyway in order to receive a link to the recording so you can watch at your leisure.

Recommended Props for the Movement Portion

  • A bunch of pillows, couch cushions or a bolster
  • Some heavy blankets
  • An object with a color on it that you like

Click Here to Register

Should you have any questions about this presentation, please don't hesitate to contact me.  Wishing you peace on your journey!

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