Ways of Releasing Trauma From the Body

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Trauma has a way of affecting us in not just an emotional sense but also our physical bodies. Because of its effects on the brain, our mental and physical functioning will change due to trauma. Although trauma can alter our bodily functioning, the body has an amazing healing process when unprocessed trauma gets reintegrated into the mind. In addition, many researchers believe that working to release the energy of stored trauma in the body will also help release the tissues and muscles that have been locked in a holding response pattern since the initiating traumatic event.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma happens when we do not know how to emotionally handle a stressful situation, leading us to feel hopeless and disconnected from our bodies and the present. Because of this inability to process the situation, trauma gets stuck in our subconscious minds and bodies, making trauma responses common in situations that do not elicit an extreme response. When reintegrating trauma, we must complete the trauma cycle and move out of the frozen state that often we get into following a traumatic event. 

Learning to reconnect with our bodies and the present is an essential step to having our bodies achieve balance and homeostasis once again, so bringing the intention of physically releasing the stuck energy of trauma from our physical bodies will help us rebalance ourselves. There are many ways to release trauma from our bodies to achieve both mental and physical healing.

How to Release Trauma From Your Body

  • Laughter
  • Tapping
  • Breathwork
  • Yoga
  • Dancing
  • Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) 
  • Movement like shaking
  • Crying until it feels natural to stop
  • Walking
  • Sound therapy
  • Short but high-intensity workout sessions
  • Somatic experiencing
  • Sleeping
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Grounding

Trauma affects our minds and bodies, but its effects don’t have to last forever. By reintegrating the trauma and releasing it from your body, you can find long-term healing.  Avalon Malibu is a California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse treatment center that can help you with recovery and mental health struggles. Through our integrative approach to healing, we will customize a treatment that is unique to your needs. With our help, you can overcome the challenges facing you, and you will be on the road to feeling joy and a strong sense of well-being once again. To find out more about our services, call us at (844) 857-5992.

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