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September 3, 2017
Thank you Steven for this question.
In this situation you did the right thing by backing off a few times and resourcing in between.
To answer your questions, yes, it looks like there was an actual trauma release. Not every session has to result in shaking and tremoring. Sometimes connected emotional expression is what comes up to the surface and in that case it’s important to bring our client’s attention to their felt sense and connect it to the physical experience.
In your client’s case memories came up to the surface as well and this is also great as to heal something we need to activate it first so it can leave our body.
It’s of absolute importance not to stop here with the sessions. You need to continue so this experience can process for your client. That is why we do a series of sessions so we have an opportunity to work with trauma over the course of series of sessions. Otherwise we activate an experience and have no chance to see it though.
Giving your client homework in a form of resourcing as well as active meditations is also essential. She needs to stay connected to her experience and not check out out from it between sessions.
When you have a next session with her try to use pendualation and felt sense more in a session so emotional expression can happen but its not consuming her so much and she is present to it and able to stay with the experience.
Hope this helps.
September 3, 2017
Hello there. I am asking for some expert advice here. On Wednesday I held a breathwork session for a female and it was her first 1 on 1 experience. I am very respectful and hold a safe and trustworthy space. She was breathing well and charging up the body with the breath, I was intuitively guided to put my hands on her hips (in which I asked if that was ok first and she agreed) and I started to rock them them side to side and it was when I put my thumbs just next to those 2 pertruding parts of the hip bones into what I believe to be tendons?? that she immediately had an emotional response and started to cry. When it got too much I brought her back to resource and throughout the session we went back there 3 times and each time there was an emotional response of her crying and screaming and then by the end of the session she was brought back and hugged herself for a while but she was still quite emotional afterwards and has started to have some images of some man possibly crossing boundaries when she was a child but she is still functioning in the world and carrying on about her normal business.
So my questions are was there an actual trauma release as i didn’t witness and tremoring in the body??
Have I opened up a traumatic experience from her past and we didn’t quite heal it?
Or with a situation like this would it possibly take a few sessions to really clear it out of the body?
I believe she was sexually abused as a child. She is very spiritually aware and has done a lot of work on herself already and i know that she would be brave enough to go there and completely heal it. The session was massive in terms of emotions released but i am still unsure..
I would really like to hear from some experienced practitioners that have held space for sexual abuse victims or have had simular experiences..
Thank you so much