“I’ll say that, for me, was the hardest part of reading your book was…being faced with how much pain people are simply carrying around with them every day…It’s just this reminder that you have no idea what somebody is carrying.” ~Ezra Klein
“The Body Keeps the Score,” was the first thing I read as Covid brought life to a halt last March. Trauma & ways of healing from it were already part of my focus; I’d begun the Somatic Experiencing training that January. As a bodyworker, untangling the traumas living on in our bodies is a substantive part of my work.
The work of van der Kolk, Stephen Porges’s Polyvagal theory & Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing all address the myriad ways trauma resides in our bodies, lives on in our nervous system and how we can heal. What they agree on is that healing, that transformation, is effected most meaningfully through the body. Though I’d propose Polarity & Craniosacral work, yoga, EMDR, Continuum movement and other body-based therapies can be powerful allies in healing.