Healing Trauma through Body-Based Practice

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Contemporary research shows that yoga can be very beneficial in overcoming the effects of trauma. Being empowered to make choice, and experiencing the present moment within one’s body are invaluable tools in overcoming the psychological effects of trauma.

Yoga can be a powerful tool for creating that experience. Yoga can provide a pathway for reclaiming and befriending the body, an enormous part of the healing process.

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Trauma Informed Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a form of body work and includes awareness of body posture, breathing and exercise.

The shiatsu delivered at WestCASA is called Trauma Informed Shiatsu. It is informed by the most up to date information about body physiology and how this is impacted by trauma… what happens to the body when it experiences trauma, which parts of the body are affected by either shutting down or becoming more active.

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Trauma Sensitive Yoga online sessions

Trauma Sensitive Yoga online sessions for people who have experienced trauma at any time in their life.

The emphasis in a Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) session is to create a safe, predictable and non-judgmental space in which survivors can look into, explore and befriend their bodies again.

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BBT Report

New! BBT Program Evaluation

by Tara Schintler, Georgia Taylor and Juliet Watson

This research report outlines the establishment and integration of the 10-year body-based program to complement current psychotherapeutic interventions, within a specialist sexual assault service.

The foundational principle of body-based therapy (BBT) at WestCASA is that it is practice that is trauma-informed. Practitioners, therefore, are sensitive to how experiences of trauma contribute to current difficulties, and how this might affect engaging in a therapeutic alliance.

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