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Massage for Abuse/Trauma Survivors


Massage for Abuse/Trauma Survivors

Creating a national list of therapists that are specially trained to provide services to people surviving various traumas including domestic violence and sex abuse and/or people suffering from PTSD.

Location: National Headquarters is in Oakland, Ca.
Members: 82
Latest Activity: Mar 23, 2016

Discussion Forum

How can trauma release therapy be marketed/ 2 Replies

Started by Mimi Rhys. Last reply by Mimi Rhys Nov 4, 2011.

Special training? 12 Replies

Started by Martha Kay. Last reply by Tina Allen Jun 1, 2011.

Veterans and PTSD 6 Replies

Started by Salvatore Daino. Last reply by Salvatore Daino Jan 21, 2011.

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Comment by Darcy Neibaur on June 18, 2011 at 8:39pm
Hi Dave, At some point she may have an emotional release on your table. Just let it happen and keep massaging.
Comment by Dave Brower on June 18, 2011 at 8:21pm

Thanks Darcy,    What you describe is indeed happening. She mentioned journaling. You are right, what ever I've been doing is good so far, so I'm not planning any significant changes in what I do. I just want to make sure I'm a little ahead so I don't make any mistakes as things change for her. I guess I'd just rather not be so surprised is all.


Comment by Darcy Neibaur on June 18, 2011 at 7:04pm
Hi Dave, Keep doing what you are doing. The work is hers not yours. She needs to write the stories and get rid of it all. Just keep listening offering nothing but listening. I fought my massage therapist in the beginning for about 4 months until I could share that I had been abused as a child and the massages triggered everything. Once I shared, then I was able to relax and let the healing begin. You are doing a great work.
Comment by Dave Brower on June 18, 2011 at 5:00pm

I've recently picked up a client with abuse history that was brought out after 8th sessions. She has mentioned that I've already provided significant help through my non evasive non confrontational touch, and that I'm on occasion a trigger to memories of the past which she has brought up in her counseling sessions which was a huge surprise to me. She very much wants to continue sessions with me. Although I must be doing something right,  I'm now on the fast track to learn as much as possible about how I can modify my work to provide the best healing support. I'm still a student taking more classes and will of course bring this to my instructors.  I've already picked up on contacting my local support services organizations and have made initial contact. Any books or other references will be greatly appreciated. I look forward to what this group and its site will teach me. I affirm that I shall be a sponge.

thanks for being there and open,


Comment by Kim Savoie on February 23, 2011 at 10:26am

Hey Everyone

I am in need to three more massage therapists to partake in a test pilot Pediatric Massage for Children with Special Needs offering 20 CE's.

Visit Touch-For-Life.Com for more information

Thank you

Comment by Mimi Rhys on September 22, 2010 at 5:33am
I just attended a class in Craniosacral therapy around death and dying given by Don Ash in NH. It also talked about trauma and loss. I have used the technique on a client who has PTSD due to a suicide in their family. The techniques work very well, and can be applied to situations involving abuse.
Comment by Sue Heldenbrand on September 19, 2010 at 6:07pm
CE classes for La. Massage Therapists, approved provider. Energetic Trauma Release Workshop, 6 hours

This class is designed to increase your knowledge regarding working compassionately and effectively with the effects of trauma/chronic stress in your practice. Learn how secondary trauma affects those dealing with trauma and abuse with others.

Learn about “triggers” that affect a person after the event or trauma is over and how to release them, replacing fear motivated behavior with a sense of calm.

When someone experiences emotional or physical trauma, illness, chronic stress, surgery, suppressed or negative feelings, this causes “energy blocks” in the body, affecting our health and well being.

Oct.9, Nov.6, Dec.11, Jan.22., Lafayette, La. contact Sue @ 337 232-4799 for more information or email; $125 investment or $195 with Mind, Body Self Care Strategies. 6 hours

Mind, body self care strategies: 6 hours, Oct.16, Nov.7, Dec.12, Jan. 23-$125 investment or $195 if taken with Energetic Trauma Release, Lafayette, La.
As caregivers we tend to take care of others,but it's important that we learn how to relax, what our stressors are and take care of ourself. In this class, we will learn relaxation techniques, mind, body spirit assessment, meditation, and many more ways to avoid burnout.
Comment by Sara Firman (Sulis) LMT, Watsu T on July 6, 2010 at 3:00pm
To round-up the recent series on my blog Aquapoetics about the potential applications of aquatic bodywork in trauma healing, I am delighted to include with kind permission an article 'Trauma Healing and Aquatic Bodywork' by aquatic bodyworkers and teachers Diane Tegtmeier and Inika Spence. Further exciting news is that they will be presenting their findings at the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Conference 'Unraveling trauma: Body, Mind and Science' (CA, 22 Oct. 2010). Go here to read the article and more.
Comment by Sara Firman (Sulis) LMT, Watsu T on June 17, 2010 at 6:33pm
During May, I listened in to an excellent six-part teleseminar series from The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) on New Treatments for Trauma: Setting Free the Trauma-Locked Brain. I recommend signing up for the next cycle. It's free or reasonable cost if you desire CEU.

The theme throughout was the significance of the body in trauma treatments and effects. The series had good follow-up inspiring all listeners to say what they would do with what they'd learned. As part of my call to action, I turned my notes into something to share with my fellow aquatic bodywork colleagues.

New treatments for trauma: a review with special reference to aquatics
Comment by Sue Heldenbrand on June 17, 2010 at 5:54pm
Energetic Trauma Release CEU Workshop

July 17, ,August 28, Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 62010
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Sue Heldenbrand, chtp, certified Healing Touch Practitioner
Location: Lafayette, La.
Investment: $125

Approved as a state recognized provider of continuing education classes, LA State Board of Massage Therapy CEU Provider #LAPO146

To provide a non-invasive therapeutic, energy modality for trauma/ PTSD/chronic stress that can bring peace and well-being to all who give and receive. Participants will have the opportunity to share in hands–on giving and receiving. Each participant will be guided by easy–to–follow, step–by–step verbal and written protocols and individualized assistance.

This class is designed to increase your knowledge regarding working compassionately and effectively with the effects of trauma /PTSD/chronic stress in your practice. Information will be provided regarding techniques designed to address the needs of a person whose life has been touched by trauma/PTSD/chronic stress.

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