Trauma and traumatic stress can affect us both physically and psychologically. Often the two are interlinked. At the Trauma Recovery Clinic we use two broad approaches, combining them where necessary:
Somatic Experiencing® is an approach which works to restore the body’s own natural self-regulating systems for dealing with traumatic events. It does not necessarily involve hands-on bodywork or talking about your experiences, but allows you to enter your autonomic (unconscious) nervous system to help your physiology and nervous system to re-regulate and return to a state of ‘relaxed awareness’.
Where multiple members of the same family need Somatic Experiencing® Anne Cheshire works with Joolz Flynn, director of the Pain Recovery Clinic, who is an experienced Somatic Experiencing® practitioner in Edinburgh.
Connective tissue, or ‘fascia’, becomes adhesed – literally ‘stuck’ – within the body when there has been a physical injury, or the body tenses in response to emotional or traumatic stress. We release the fascia to enable movement and reduce pain.
Trigger points are areas in muscle tissue which are painful to touch and refer pain to other areas in the body. We search for trigger points and release them along with the adhesed fascia surrounding them.
Craniosacral therapy is a type of Myofascial Release which focuses on the fascia through the central nervous system, releasing and balancing fascial sheets within the cranium, the meninges, and further down the spinal cord, the length of the dural tube. At the same time the craniosacral rhythm (the production and draining away of craniosacral fluid) is balanced and freed through gentle manipulation of the cranial bones. Although this is an extremely light touch technique, the therapist seldom applying more than 5g weight, corresponding roughly to a British 20p piece, all bony structures within the cranium can be released and balanced this way.
The gentle release of adhesed fascia around the organs – liver, intestines, kidneys, stomach, bladder etc. When fascia is adhesed around the organs, this restricts their movement and can interfere with their functioning. It can also cause pain and other problems, for instance with digestion, causing IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Scarring and adhesions will occur in the body after surgery or wounds, inflammation or burns. Scar tissue release involves the gentle release of adhesions and excessive scarring.
We employ other advanced massage techniques such as soft tissue release, harmonics, neuromuscular re-abilitation, positional release, specific RSI approaches and stretching techniques.
We will teach you Pilates – based movement and stretches to do at home.