PODCAST: Reflections on the Feldenkrais Method ft. Nicolette De Saint Amour
In this episode of the Red Beard Embodiment Podcast, host Alex Greene engages in a fascinating conversation with Nicolette De Saint-Amour, a somatic movement practitioner with a decade of experience. Nicolette's unique background, encompassing bioenergetics, jiu-jitsu and her training in the Feldenkrais Method, brings a rich tapestry of knowledge to the exploration of movement and awareness.
Navigating the Inner Landscape: Harnessing Interoception to Transform Negative Emotions
Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, influencing the way we perceive, interpret, and interact with the world around us. They shape our thoughts, behaviors, and relationships, playing a crucial role in our overall well-being. However, navigating the complex landscape of emotions can often be challenging, especially when faced with negative emotional states such as anger, sadness, or anxiety.
PODCAST - The Early Days of TRE® in the USA ft. Jacy Sundlie
In this blog post, we dive into a fascinating conversation with Jacy Sundlie, a long-time friend, supporter, and colleague of TRE (Tension and Trauma Release Exercise) founder, Dr. David Berceli. Jacy shares her journey with TRE, from her first encounter with David Berceli to her role in shaping the certification program in the United States. We also explore the power of group work, personal experiences with TRE, Jacy's involvement in creative projects like mask making and how TRE impacted her creativity. Additionally, we discuss her ongoing efforts to document the history of TRE and her vision for its future growth and expansion.
How can touch therapies help with developmental trauma? - Aleksandra Bazinska
Developmental trauma occurs when a person experiences intense stress, adverse or traumatic events over a period of time during their childhood or teenage years. This can include events such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, poverty, family dysfunction, bullying, being exposed to violence or other catastrophic events. In many cases this kind of trauma is systemic or intergenerational in nature. The effects of these experiences are cumulative, meaning that each experience adds up until the individual reaches their breaking point.In most cases the effects of developmental trauma persist into adulthood, often resulting in complex post traumatic stress disorder. The physical effects of developmental trauma include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive issues and chronic tension or pain. On the mental and emotional side, it can lead to feelings of intense fear and existential terror as well as depression, anxiety, anger outbursts, flashbacks to traumatic memories, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, low self-esteem, social isolation or withdrawal from relationships and difficulty feeling joy or pleasure (anhedonia).
Dancing Minds, Embodied Whispers: A Deep Dive into Embodied Cognition.
Embodied cognition is an emerging field of study that challenges traditional views of cognition by emphasizing the inseparable connection between the mind, body, and environment. It recognizes that our cognitive processes don't solely occur in the brain, but rather emerge from the dynamic interactions between our body, brain, and the world around us. In this blog, we will dive into the definition and significance of embodied cognition, setting the stage for a deeper exploration of its fundamental aspects.
PODCAST - The Subtle Movements Within: A conversation with Anna Solyóm
Welcome to the Red Beard Embodiment Podcast, where we explore the world of embodiment and how it can help us connect the mind and body for a more fulfilling life. In this episode, host Alex Greene sits down with Anna Solyóm, a Hungarian-born writer, psychosomatic therapist with expertise in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, as well as TRE® (Tension Releasing Exercises).
PODCAST - The Origins of TRE® Part 1 with David Berceli, Ph.D.
In this captivating episode of the Red Beard Embodiment Podcast, host Alex Greene engages in a deep conversation with renowned psychotherapist, field traumatologist, and founder of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), Dr. David Berceli. Their enlightening dialogue delves into the early days of David’s journey, exploring the influences and experiences that led him to develop his groundbreaking trauma healing work, TRE®.
The Invisible Wounds: Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Pre- and Perinatal Trauma
Pre- and perinatal trauma refer to any experience of trauma that occurs during the period from conception to birth. These experiences can include physical or emotional abuse, neglect, substance abuse, maternal stress, maternal illness, maternal malnutrition, or other adverse experiences that occur during pregnancy or childbirth. The impact of peri- and prenatal trauma on a person's life can be significant and long-lasting, affecting their physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing throughout their life. In this blog post, we will explore pre- and perinatal trauma, birth psychology, and the impact of early trauma on a person's life.
PODCAST - TRE® & Medicine ft. Dr. Eric Robins, MD
In this episode of the Red Beard Embodiment Podcast, host Alex Greene engages in a conversation with Dr. Eric Robins, a urologist and an expert in mind-body healing, with a special focus on chronic pelvic pain. With a history of early developmental trauma and chronic fatigue syndrome, Eric dedicated himself to exploring mind-body practices, such as Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) and EFT. Through his own journey of unlocking his nervous system from its chronic state of fight-flight-freeze, he regained his energy and health. Now, as a TRE provider himself, Eric uses his deep understanding of trauma to guide others in reaching a state of nervous system homeostasis and facilitating healing from within.
The Ghosts of Our Ancestors: How Intergenerational Trauma Shapes Our Genes
Intergenerational trauma refers to the phenomenon where the experiences of past generations can influence the behavior, emotions, and well-being of future generations. Recent research has revealed that trauma can trigger epigenetic modifications, which can be inherited and change gene expression. This can increase the risk of mental health issues and autoimmune diseases in offspring.In this blog, we will delve into the concept of intergenerational trauma and its effects on gene expression. Specifically, we will explore how epigenetic markers can be retained and transmitted across generations, even during the reprogramming process. We will also examine the connection between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and epigenetics. Additionally, we will discuss Dr. Rachel Yehuda's groundbreaking study on the impact of severe parental trauma on DNA methylation in Holocaust survivors and their descendants.
Overcoming Sexual Abuse: Healing the Sacred Wound
Experiencing sexual abuse is undeniably one of the most distressing events that an individual can encounter. Sadly, it is an all too familiar occurrence in our society. Whether it's sexual molestation, date-rape, or incest, sexual trauma has affected almost one third of the population at some point in their lives. Not only does sexual abuse cause deep emotional scars, but it also has a profound impact on our very essence, altering how we view ourselves and engage in intimate relationships. This blog will delve into how sexual trauma affects the body and nervous system, explore the benefits of somatic healing modalities in releasing trauma, and provide insights into ways to recover from the experience.
PODCAST - Zen Integration Bodywork ft. Fellen McKenzie
This podcast episode featuring Ellen McKenzie and Alex Greene offers an intriguing exploration of their shared journey through Zen training, TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercises) and bodywork. Their conversation reveals the transformative power of somatic practices and the integration of Zen philosophy in their work.
PODCAST - Zen Art & Embodiment ft. Author John Stevens
Welcome to a new episode of the Red Beard Embodiment Podcast, where host Alex Greene engages in a captivating conversation with the renowned author, scholar, and art collector, John Stevens Sensei. Join us as we embark on a profound exploration of art, Zen, and the rich background story of John Stevens Sensei.
The Healing Power of IFS - Mallory Burggraaf
For many, the battle of conflicting inner selves is a familiar struggle. The challenge of feeling like certain aspects of oneself dominate or constantly engage in a tug-of-war can be frustrating and disheartening. Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems Model offers a refreshing approach to healing through self-awareness. This non-pathologizing technique fosters compassion, trust, honesty, and encouragement; creating a safe space for clients to discover the unique parts of themselves. By recognizing their strengths and weaknesses, clients can better understand the role these play in their behaviors and emotions, leading to lasting transformation.
Embodiment and Creativity: Activating your Inner Genius through the Body
Have you ever been so immersed in an activity that you felt like time had stopped? Chances are, you were experiencing a flow state. Flow is defined as an optimal state of consciousness in which we feel and perform our best. It refers to those moments in the zone, when focus becomes so intense that everything else seems to disappear. Action and mindfulness begin to merge. Our sense of self disappears. So does our sense of time. And while that is happening, all aspects of mental and physical performance go through the roof.Flow is often accompanied by intense feelings of joy, aliveness and spontaneous creative inspiration or insights. It is that elusive, magical moment, where everything just seems to click and fall into place. But how do we reach this state, and how do we - as Jason Silva once famously asked - “stabilize ekstasis?”According to the latest findings in neuroscience, deep embodiment is probably the most potent of all flow triggers which can lead to deep flow states, which border on ecstasy.
Trauma as Transformation: Harnessing the Power of Post-traumatic Growth
During times of stress and crisis, it's natural to wonder if any good can come out of tragedy. And with the pandemic wreaking global havoc, the war in Ukraine and the economic crisis, it might seem like the answer is a resounding "nothing." However, in the midst of this turmoil, psychologists have been studying a fascinating phenomenon: posttraumatic growth. Despite the devastating effects of trauma, there is evidence that individuals and even entire communities can experience positive transformation in the aftermath and it is important to remember that amidst the darkness, there is the potential for growth and renewal.
An Introduction to Visceral Manipulation Therapy
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a manual therapy modality that helps to improve the body’s mobility, circulation, and organ function. It works by manipulating the connective tissues that surround organs and other structures within the body. Designed to heal and alleviate symptoms of abdominal pain, constipation, cramps, and indigestion, Visceral Manipulation views the body as a complex web of interconnected tissues, holding the organs securely in place.
An Introduction to DARe Attachment Coaching
DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning Experience) is a relatively new somatic attachment approach created by Diane Poole Heller. The method combines attachment theory with neuroscience and trauma-informed therapy to help clients create healthier relationships. It empowers individuals to enhance crucial proficiencies, fostering robust and secure attachment patterns, which paves the way for thriving adult connections. Through insightful exploration of early childhood experiences and subsequent attachment behaviors, clients are equipped with pragmatic solutions and proven tactics to mend past attachment wounds and steer towards secure attachments in present relationships.
What is Somatic Experiencing® and how did it develop?
Dive into the world of Somatic Experiencing®, an innovative approach designed to alleviate the effects of trauma, shock and stress embedded within our physical being. Somatic Experiencing (SE) offers an elegant solution to breaking free from the chains of fight, flight, or freeze patterns that impede our well-being, paving the way to recovery, release, and enhanced resilience.
What is Brainspotting and how did it develop?
Brainspotting Therapy is a cutting edge approach to overcoming trauma, emotional distress, and addictive patterns. This groundbreaking method delves deep into the core of your subconscious, unlocking unexplored pathways to recovery and personal growth. Ideal for those who have reached a plateau or feel unfulfilled in their healing journey, Brainspotting promises lasting results by redefining the limits of traditional therapeutic practices.
Improv Theater's Impact on My Work as a Visceral Manipulation Therapist - Esther Martin
Playing my first game in a beginning level Improv class, I had no idea this acting form would so deeply influence my work and development as a bodyworker. As time has gone on, I have found the practice of calm awareness and presence necessary to effectively play in the setting of Improvisational theater to be an ongoing source of grounding and inspiration in my bodywork practice; particularly in the Visceral Manipulation work which requires attunement and listening to the client's body, as it exists, in the present moment. In this blog post, I'd like to share with you how the power of improvisation has changed the way I approach bodywork and helped me become a better listener and healer.
The Healing Power of Craniosacral therapy
Craniosacral therapy is an increasingly popular natural healing modality that focuses on helping people relax physically and mentally while reducing stress associated with pain, muscle tension, as well as emotional issues.Craniosacral therapy (CST) began in the mid-1970s when an osteopath, John Upledger, began studying the rhythmic wave and fluid motion in the spinal cord that would sweep up and down within the membranes. Craniosacral therapy utilizes light touch along the head, neck and back to examine the membrane and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system.
The Power of Co-Regulation
Co-Regulation is a tool for calming and connecting the nervous system during times of distress. It helps to create an environment of safety and understanding through limbic resonance, which is the sharing of emotions between two or more people. This shared experience of connection can help people regulate their nervous systems and reduce stress and anxiety.
Embodiment and Confidence
Embodiment is a tool used in therapy and coaching settings to help people reconnect with their bodies and minds. It includes awareness of sensations, feelings and thoughts and brings mindfulness into our movements. It offers individuals a chance to reconnect with themselves on a deeper level while gaining insight into how they think, act, and feel - ultimately leading them down the path of increased self-confidence.
The Safe and Sound Protocol: A Possible Solution for Long Covid Patients
The Safe and Sound protocol is a neurodevelopmental listening therapy that has been used to help people with a wide range of issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and autism. This post will explore how the Safe and Sound Protocol may provide relief to those struggling with long Covid.
What is IFS Coaching and How Can it Help?
IFS coaching is an evidence-based model of psychotherapy developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz which has been gaining popularity in recent years for its unique approach to helping people create meaningful change in their lives. Let’s explore what this type of coaching is and how it can be helpful.
Origins of Zen Integration Bodywork
Red Beard founder Alex Greene writes about how his early Zen training led him to explore bodywork and somatic therapies.
How To Overcome Trauma With Body Awareness And Embodiment
According to Peter Levine, the creator of somatic experiencing, embodiment is the practice of creating a relationship with our body, by developing awareness of and attending to physical sensations and prompts, and connecting to the world through our body in a healthy way.
How The SIBAM Model Can Help You Overcome Trauma
The SIBAM model, developed by Peter Levine, the founder of Somatic Experiencing, describes how we create a complete experience. Through his work, he identified the channels or component pieces that build a complete experience. When we experience trauma our relationship to the experience fragments. Some parts of the experience get over-emphasized (like a sound or a smell) and others become under-emphasized (like bodily sensation during the event).
How To Achieve Peace With Zero Balancing
Zero Balancing (ZB) was created by Dr. Fritz Smith, an osteopath with extensive experience and training in osteopathy, acupuncture, rolfing, and meditation. Zero balancing is a body-mind therapy that blends Eastern and Western practices. Our Zero Balancing practitioners guide you towards harmony and balance through touch that releases the energy that weighs you down.
Three Powerful Somatic Therapy Practices Used By Alex Greene
Alex Greene, owner of Red Beard Somatic Therapy and somatic therapist, began his journey as a Structural Integration practitioner. While Alex initially focused on postural and musculoskeletal issues, psycho-emotional content and trauma history would regularly come up in sessions. Through his continued studies in neuroscience, the polyvagal theory and interventions for trauma survivors he has been able to build an integrated therapeutic approach.
How To Heal Trauma With Felt Sense And Somatic Therapy
Felt sense is not the act of repressing emotions. Instead, it is being with emotions, while actively maintaining grounded presence. When the ability to stay grounded with the emotion feels challenged, a Somatic Therapist will support you in regulation so that you can increase your tolerance for being with emotions. By staying with the physical sensation associated with emotion we can track how things change and study with curiosity what supports regulation.
How To Overcome Pain With Massage
Tim Schimick is a licensed massage therapist who has been practicing for over 20 years. In addition to therapeutic massage, Tim has training in Structural Integration, Zero Balancing, Craniosacral therapy, and the John F. Barnes’ method of Myofascial Release.
How To Heal From Adverse Childhood Experiences With Somatic Therapy
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a term that was coined by Dr. Robert Anda along with his research colleagues after concluding a two year study that surveyed 17,000 individuals about their childhood, current health, and behaviors. ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). “ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education, job opportunities, and earning potential. However, ACEs can be prevented.”
Top Three Interventions That Help Resolve Past Trauma
Trauma and stress live in the body. They affect tissue tone, chemical and hormonal balance, digestive activity, and respiration and heart rate. While these adaptive physiological responses are important and useful when the trauma/stressor is occurring, humans have the unique capacity to get stuck in these states. This is due, in part, to the chronic nature of stressors that many of us experience. In the long term, living in these initially adaptive states, negatively impacts our internal systems and chips away at our resilience to new stressors.
Top Three Remarkable Ways To Heal From Development Trauma Disorder
Unlike PTSD, Developmental Trauma Disorder is not yet recognized by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The term was coined by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (psychiatrist, trauma researcher, and best selling author) as a way to describe the effects of trauma experienced in early developmental stages. Often these traumas were chronic in nature and were experienced within the child’s care-giving system. The result is a collection of symptoms that does not fit neatly into the criteria required for a PTSD diagnosis, but is clearly the result of trauma, strongly impacts the child, and alters the path of their growth and development.
What Is TRE And Will It Alleviate My Pain Now?
I am an MSW student and therapist in training with a passion for somatic interventions. Like many, I have tension in my body and experience disconnection from my body. I have had Lyme disease for most of my life; it causes chronic pain and difficulties in movement. It is my deep desire to connect with my body, and both TRE and somatics seemed like interesting ways to start safely exploring connection. Read about my first experience working with TRE and Somatics.
How To Heal With Yoga Philosophy And Somatics Therapy
Empowered curiosity is fertile ground for change. By working intentionally with somatics and yoga to meet each client where they are, and ensuring that curiosity and agency are cultivated, then clients have the opportunity to connect with their own truth and follow that on their path towards healing.
Powerful Ways Rolfing and Structural Integration Can Help With Chronic Pain Management
Structural Integration (SI), commonly known as Rolfing, is a deep tissue manual therapy that aims to align the body’s structure within the field of gravity. Developed by Ida P. Rolf, Structural Integration systematically addresses your body as a whole. SI has the power to transform the way you experience movement and daily life as your body becomes harmonious with gravity. A SI provider educates your nervous system on how to be in tune with gravity and the world around you.
How To Unlock Healing After Intergenerational Trauma And Racial Violence
Trauma spreads through families, communities, and societies. We pass it on to those around us and to those that come after us. It informs our cultural norms, family dynamics, and community values. Fortunately, we have the power to heal from trauma both individually and culturally. We have the power to build resilience and form bonds that support us through great adversity and stop the continuation of trauma into the next generation.
How To Support Your Mental Health During COVID-19
Because the nature of the COVID pandemic is ever changing, many folks feel like they are swinging between panic and shutdown. This swing is very taxing to the system and can lead to chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues, challenges with sleep, brain fog, and difficulty connecting with others. Thankfully, we can use somatic therapies to help support our nervous systems in the face of this uncertainty. Here at Red Beard Somatic Therapy, we specialize in trauma-informed practices that will help you settle your nervous system and support your ability to connect.
Remarkable Polyvagal-Based Interventions That Help You Heal From Long COVID
Here at Red Beard Somatic Therapy, we approach Long COVID from a holistic lens. We aim to support Long COVID patients by using tools that regulate the nervous system and thereby allow the other systems of the body to return to optimal states of function.
How Does The Safe And Sound Protocol Grant Us Powerful Connections And Love?
The Safe and Sound Protocol, or SSP, is a non-invasive application of the Polyvagal Theory involving listening to specially filtered music. Dr. Stephen Porges, developed the SSP based on his decades of research that lead to the development of the polyvagal theory.
How To Heal From Trauma With Somatic Therapy
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a neurobiological approach for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It is a talk and touch-based approach that aims at noticing and tracking body sensations and the rhythms of nervous system activation.
How Do TRE And The Polyvagal Theory Support My Well-Being?
Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) were created by Dr. David Berceli, a PhD Social Worker and expert in the field of trauma. TRE is a series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma through neurogenic tremors. Yes, trembling can help us release the pent up energy that is caused by experiencing trauma and stress!