• Karen Law

Reacting to threat - Part 3

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

I have been learning a lot about trauma and childhood adversity in recent years. So I was delighted to discover that Gerry Pyves had also been developing a greater interest. As the creator of NO HANDS Massage and a qualified psychotherapist Gerry had been connecting the dots between neuroscience, psychotherapy and touch.

Over the last couple of years during NO HANDS Clinical Deveopment we’ve been evolving the way we work so that the power of our safe, appropriate touch really has the potential to discharge ambient trauma and help build resilience.

As I’ve explained in my previous posts it is recognised that trauma is being experienced by many of us on a daily basis simply by hearing of it on the news and via our social media. We don’t just have to witness it second hand or even experience it directly. Our bodies are reacting to trauma we hear about. Think about it. Every time you read about a terrible disaster don’t you feel it in your gut? The shock, fear, trepidation?

So, we no longer have to directly experience something terrible to be suffering from trauma. The more we hear and read about it the more we fill our trauma bucket. If we don’t release the load it will eventually overflow. Something simple could be the last straw and we flip our lid.

The good news is that regular NO HANDS Massage or, rather, Trauma Discharge Therapy can be a powerful way to regularly empty out your trauma bucket so that you always have plenty of resilience available and avoid overfill.

But that’s not all.

We have a first aid protocol. Sometimes, as we sink into the trance like state massage can induce, we might access a memory from the past deep in our subconscious. These are not necessarily cognitive memories. Unresolved trauma is held within the body. So we might experience a very physical response such as a racing heart, stomach pain or tension