Healing Circles
Map to Explore Trauma
Ways To Heal The Traumatized Body
8 Ways To Heal Trauma

  • Theater -- Bart Sumner is a bereaved parent who teaches improv. He has seen many amazing responses from those who take different roles giving them the freedom of possibility.
  • College Making -- Sharon Strouse, bereaved parent and board certified Art Therapist and author of "Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing," has many great ideas on healing through art.
  • Singing -- Alan Pedersen, bereaved parent and Executive Director of The Compassionate friends, has inspired hundreds of thousands of bereaved people with his music.
  • Walking, Running -- Twenty minutes of daily walking can reduce your risk of stroke by fifty percent.
  • Hugging -- Touch releases those feel-good hormones; being touched is a basic human need.
  • Massage -- Lyn Prashant PhD, a bereaved spouse, has seen huge gains for herself and her clients with regular massage.
  • Yoga, Tia chi, Chi kung, Aerobics -- Body movement can change the brain connections and calm the body. Moving the body is key to keeping a healthy attitude and alert mind.
  • Laughing/Smiling -- Research has shown that even if you just pretend to smile it can change your brain patterns.

A Three Stage Mind-Body Approach

Stage 1: Stabilization/Grounding Calm the Nervous System Using Yoga and Meditation
Stage 2: Processing the Trauma Incorporating Tools to Resolve the Trauma
Stage 3: Integration

Lazaris Material
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Facts about PTSD
  • Although PTSD does affect war veterans, PTSD can affect anyone. Almost 70 percent of Americans will be exposed to a traumatic event in their lifetime. Of those people, up to 20 percent will go on to develop PTSD. An estimated 1 out of 10 women will develop PTSD at some time in their lives. Victims of trauma related to physical and sexual assault face the greatest risk of developing PTSD. Women are about twice as likely to develop PTSD as men, perhaps because women are more likely to experience trauma that involves these types of interpersonal violence, including rape and severe beatings. Victims of domestic violence and childhood abuse are at tremendous risk for PTSD.

  • Many people who experience an extremely traumatic event go through an adjustment period following the exposure. Most of these people are able to return to leading a normal life. However, the stress caused by trauma can affect all aspects of a person’s life including mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Research suggests that prolonged trauma may disrupt and alter brain chemistry. For some people, a traumatic event changes their views about themselves and the world around them. This may lead to the development of PTSD.

  • PTSD symptoms usually develop within the first three months after trauma, but may not appear until months or years have passed. These symptoms may continue for years following the trauma, or, in some cases, symptoms may subside and reoccur later in life, which is often the case with victims of childhood abuse. Some people don’t recognize that they have PTSD because they may not associate their current symptoms with past trauma. In domestic violence situations, the victim may not realize that their prolonged, constant exposure to abuse puts them at risk.
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