Somatic Experiencing: The Role of the Body in Healing Trauma & Stress


Woodstock Healing Arts

83 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498

Woodstock, NY, US, 12498

The Role of the Body in Healing Trauma and Chronic Stress

Trauma and chronic stress are hallmarks of our age. They take a toll on our bodies, our sense of self-direction and safety, our relationships, and our ability to be fully present in our lives. Rooted in up-to-the-minute stress research, Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-based method for teaching the nervous system to integrate the fight/flight/freeze reactions that sometimes persist in the body after distressing events and/or chaotic childhoods. It works subtly, without “reliving” upsetting experiences, to increase a felt sense of our capacity to act and belong in the world.

In this presentation, participants will:

• Develop an understanding of the physiology behind stress and trauma.

• Become familiar with the foundational ideas behind the SE approach.

• Learn some basic grounding exercises.

There will be time for Q&A. Participants will not be asked to share their stories or divulge personal information. Light refreshments will be served.

About Dirk:

Dirk Trachy is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist. He has also studied with bestselling author Kathy Kain, taking her year long Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists. Dirk began his career answering calls on crisis hotlines and has taught classes and led groups at cutting edge residential recovery centers. He has provided Somatic Experiencing sessions in residential recovery contexts, in private practice, and through a variety of community organizations.

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