“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as an anxiety disorder characterized by reliving a psychologically traumatic situation, long after any physical danger involved has passed, through flashbacks and nightmares.”- CAMH
In my research and studies working with the ‘energy field’ and with my clients who have suffered trauma, and later the onset of PTSD, I have discovered trauma affects more than just the psyche. Current scientific research views PTSD as a psychological issue and does not consider the body. Trauma affects the entire body and mind with the body storing trauma. Our bodies consist of an energy field, known as the Human Energy Field (HEF). What we know in the world of energy medicine is that emotions are energy, yet there is moderate belief and understanding in this field of how energy medicine works, especially in the healing of trauma and PTSD.
In the treatment of PTSD, I devise a systematic approach and in order to do this a good understanding of the HEF is needed. Through energy work, we know that trauma affects the entire body, both physiologically, psychologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.
In my work experience, most of my clients who suffer PTSD have experienced early childhood trauma such as rape or repetitive sexual abuse. Commonly these women have found partners that continue the abuse, which monopolizes the development and persistence of PTSD. Early childhood abuse fractures the development of the Chakras. The symptom of this causes a dis-connect between the body and the mind. This disconnect further compromises the ability to handle stress and day-to-day living. In my studies, most people with PTSD and mental health issues have a heightened sensitivity in the senses, over stimulated thoughts, difficulties metabolizing food, a lowered immune system and difficulty processing or expressing feelings.Often chronic conditions persist in the intestinal tract and neck/mouth/sinuses.
Because trauma affects both the body and the mind, it is my belief that healing needs to start in the body. It is common knowledge in eastern tradition that the body manifests all dis-ease and mental health issues. So why not start at the origin.
In my experience, to ensure a successful releif from PTSD, the best route to healing starts with the Nervous System, energetically located at the first/root Chakra, the base of the spine. This area marks the beginning of all life in the energy system. The root chakra manages our birth into this world, our safety, trust, fear, beliefs, health, our family roots, stability and on into our comfort zone.
Through the energy field we know that traumatic events are stored energetically at a cellular level, and in parts of our body. The sacrum can store trauma and the Amygdala in the brain play an integral role in the memory of all events of life. Ekhart Tolle, an author and spiritual teacher, talks about the emotional pain body, where old emotions are living inside you, he describes; “It is an accumulation of painful life experiences that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain. It comes together with other energy forms from other instances, and so after some years you have a “Painbody,” an energy entity consisting of old emotion.”
So one can understand that, trust and safety need to be re-established back into the body and nervous system. Without first doing this symptoms of PTSD like insomnia, night terrors, fear and fear of vulnerability can persist for longer periods.
In an energy healing treatment, the defining factor in someone who has PTSD, is Rapid Eye Movement (REM). Although REM is associated with dreaming stage of sleep, researchers noticed that when we dream, our eyes move back and forth rapidly, naming this phase REM. What is also happening is you are reprocessing your experiences. It is very possible that in the REM state, the mind could be processing trauma in an unconscious state. An interesting development in the psychotherapy modality EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This technique is used for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. It uses a patient’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements, consciously. These eye movements dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events.
Working with energy, aids the mental, emotional or physical body; collectively working with the nervous system and the bodies consciousness.