Healing from trauma is like
growing into your own version
of a butterfly.-C.T. Holman
what is trauma and how it can be helped
Is there an experience in your past that is just stuk in your mind, or still makes you cry or shudder when you think of it?
Have you seen, done or experienced things you would rather not talk about?
Do you feel sometimes that you are just going through the motions of living, moving
through your life as if through a thick veil, or watching someone else’s story?
Any of these are signs that the pain you have been through is still affecting you. The exact label (PTSD or not) does not matter much. There is help.
we tend to diminish our trauma
Don’t compare your experience to anyone else’s.
You might think: “but I only went through a divorce / difficult childbirth / job loss, it’s not like I have lost anyone important”
Or maybe you are the person who has lost someone important.
But then you think:
“It’s not like I am a solder who has really been through hell. My loss is so painful, but it happens to many”.
Or you are the solder who has been through hell. Yet, you may still think:
“There were others in an even worse hell than me. And this is my job, I was trained to do this. I am surely strong enough to cope”.
It is high time we leave the “grin and bear it” attitude behind. It is based on wrong assumptions about what trauma and PTSD is!
trauma stems from a healthy reaction to life’s circumstances
It is nothing to be ashamed of.
Humans tend to get stuck within that adaptive response due to a highly developed neocortex of the brain.
This “stuckness” then affects your body, your mind, spirit and emotions. It seems as if a part of your spirit was stuck in the past. But the root of it is physiological and has nothing to do with how strong you are, how intelligent you are, how well prepared you are.
The most intelligent, strong-willed and prepared person will still develop a traumatic reaction.
Healing will break the way that your past experience is affecting you in the present. It will allow your nervous system to relax, reducing flashbacks, and clearing the way for your spiritual or emotional growth.
acupuncture is the perfect path to healing
Here is why:
- You do not need to talk or even think about your traumatic experience during treatment;
- You don’t need to disclose anything about your experience to me unless you wish to, the treatment will work just as well!
- Acupuncture influences the deep structures of the mind-body, bringing back our parasympathetic / sympathetic balance;
- Acupuncture activates the vagus nerve, which plays a crucial part in the experience and lingering effect of trauma;
- Acupuncture releases neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, which affect mood, sleep and more;
- ear acupuncture is now officially used for PTDS, anxiety and related problems in over 40 countries;
- it is also used by Acupuncturist Without Borders, an organisation that mirrors Medicines Sans Frontiers, and
- and even on the battlefield by the US army!
The weekend following the treatment, I felt more like myself than I had in years since X died. Kim B.
I have been sleeping better. I can concentrate. I am beginning to enjoy things I had forgotten I enjoy. Andy W.
Last treatment touched something very deep. I wanted to let you know how much better I feel now.
I cried for a while, I journalled in a way I wasn’t able to before. I feel so much lighter now! A. S.
iga’s involvement in a documentary on acupuncture for trauma
When I was a young filmmaker in the USA, I was approached by the wonderful Laura Cooley, an acupuncturist with extensive experience working with trauma.
We bartered my filmmaking skill for some acupuncture (those treatments were so deeply recharging, I remember them to date!). I became a part of a team working on Laura’s documentary short, “Unimagined Bridges”, which showcases people experiencing healing thanks to ear acupuncture.
Those people include:
- US war veterans,
- fire fighters (including a compelling interview with the chief of the 9/11 attacks brigade),
- and hurricane Katrina victims.
Viewing “Unimagined Bridges” is now a part of the Medical school curriculum in many reputable medical schools across the USA, including Yale!
It is a powerful testimony to a life-changing treatment.
If you are interested in organising a showing of the film, followed by a scientific presentation and Q&A, please contact me.
Trauma is an issue very close to my heart, and I hope to help dispel myths around it, as well as help alleviate the suffering of people still burdened by past experiences.
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