Trauma is a tricky thing to do. As you can see, the negative effects of trauma can go away over time-and they can be “stored” physically in your body. Unless you’re working on releasing that accumulated trauma, those pressures can get stuck. “Our bodies record every second of every second we survive,” says author Brit Frank, MSW, LSCSW, a licensed psychotherapist and trauma specialist. Stuck science, In this episode of MindbodyGreen Podcast. Now, a body-based solution to a body-based problem may be needed, but once you address the physiological issues behind your fight, flight, or frozen reaction, you can begin to unravel your trauma using mindfulness approaches.
A quick warning: there is no end to your trauma healing, all the way. In fact, Frank says that the place of trauma-healing can become a bit like a cult (and Frank knew; he once joined a radical religion). “The defining characteristic of a cult is ‘us versus them’. The culture of trauma healing I have noticed [when people say]‘Here’s how you heal trauma, and if you don’t do it that way, you’ll be out,’ ’he explains.
That said, there is no “right” way to deal with trauma – but Frank has learned a few techniques for processing buried emotions. If you want to try some new methods, you may want to consult an expert: