Traumatic events or situations can be overwhelming experiences. Dealing with your emotions after a traumatic event can be difficult. Although the event has ended, the memories may last for months or years to come.

One way that these emotions may be released from the part of the brain that stores these memories is with energy-based therapies. Energy-based therapies use techniques that address all levels of the individual: mental, emotional, spiritual as well as physical.

Our bodies go through a process after a traumatic event or a series of chronic stress. What happens in our bodies and our brain when we perceive a threatening situation or we have been through a traumatic situation?

Feelings of anger, rage, fear, avoidance and defensiveness are involved in the limbic brain or our emotional brain. The amygdala is part of the limbic or emotional brain. The amygdala inspires the freeze reaction, sweaty palms, and muscles to tense, protective postures or facial expressions. This area of the brain sends adrenaline and other hormones into the blood stream.

These traumatic events are stored in our unconscious survival memory centers. Trauma does not have to be one specific event. It can be a series of events, abuse, fear produced by a critical and unsupportive parent or anything that produces a feeling of helplessness.

When we experience sensations, images, smells, sights or anything that remind us of the trauma, our body reacts as if being a present threat. The traumatic experience still exists in our brain and contains the emotional and conscious memory traces of the event. Our brains are unable to release this message of threat that it is receiving and shows up as symptoms of fear and anxiety. Often times our reactions to these events can produce fear and anxiety in our responses to it.

Most people that have gone through a traumatic situation do not want to keep re-living it. Something may trigger the release of the stored emotions from the event and the person reacts without knowing why. Energy-based therapies such as Healing Touch offer a healing sequence for releasing stuck fear patterns and bring a sense of calm to the individual. For most people, talking about a trauma, having to re-live the event and continually bring up emotions can be traumatic in itself.

Energy-based techniques, such as Healing Touch are done in a specific sequence and can help persons with post-traumatic stress syndrome, chronic patterns of fear, panic and anxiety. This causes a shift in their energetic field allowing the fear-based energetic patterns to shift to a new response of calm and compassion. This feeling of calm helps to produce the relaxation response, thus allowing our bodies to heal.

This technique is great for anyone that has gone through any sort of traumatic situation, surgery or accident. This was developed as a technique to be used for the “Ready for the Return” of soldiers coming back from war and also for their family and friends. It has also been used with victims of hurricane disasters with great results.

This particular sequence can provide long lasting effects for people with PTSD, panic attacks, chronic anxiety and obsessive thinking. Each time that this technique is used, it has a cumulative effect as energetic changes last from one session to another.

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Author's Bio: 

Sue became involved with Healing Touch in 1998 and received her certification as a Healing Touch practitioner in 2002. She is also a Certified Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner, a Reiki Practitioner, and a Quantum Touch Practitioner.

She uses energy-based therapies for trauma release work with success for people suffering with PTSD or for anyone who has had a traumatic experience in their lives. When working with Volunteers of America, Sue was able to provide sessions for disaster relief workers dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in La.

She has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations, as well as presenting at state conferences. Sue has written articles on energy work for alternative and complementary newsletters and online publications.

She has developed material and has been a trainer for education classes for child care, stress management seminars and subtle body energy workshops.

She has been able to integrate energy based therapies into local hospital’s operating and recovery rooms as well as providing these therapies to newborn babies at a local hospital. As a volunteer at health fairs and cancer survivor retreats offering energy based therapies, Sue has gained experience in dealing with a variety of health challenges.

Sue teaches Care for Self and Subtle Body Energy classes at a local career College and has helped conduct workshops with local hospitals and hospice for caregivers. She is in private practice in Louisiana. She is available for distant healing sessions.
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