Talking about our problems with a trusted other can be quite helpful. However, during intensely stressful or traumatic events, the parts of the brain responsible for thinking and putting experience into words actually turns off. So at a time when we need to process something out loud more than ever it is often the most difficult to do so.
In therapy we may notice this when we feel like we keep talking about the same thing but not actually changing. These experiences have a tendency to show up in the body as overall tension, pain in the neck and shoulders, shallow breathing, clenched jaw, restless sleep. Using these body signals to access “sensed” or embodied memories and experiences helps us evolve from a feeling of being stuck to vital energy.
The main tool in body-inclusive work is establishing a state of mindfulness. As we observe our breath and body, this awareness teaches us how our experiences have been held in the body and allows us to change the habits that are no longer helping us. To recognize old patterns and create new ones. These shifts in the body then have a corresponding effect on the mind, emotions, and relationships.
And so the healing begins.