Stress, Trauma & Health Conditions

Health conditions are often complicated by  every day stress or traumatic stress. As you know, stress can comes from all aspects of life - social, work, emotional and relationship.  What is often invisible, are the deeper traumas held in the body - an old car accident,  a serious shock from a past physical disaster or relationship break, or a deeper childhood event.  These all leave trauma patterns in the body.
Your health today is influenced by the stress you have today.  And for some people, your health condition today is influenced by the stress and trauma you experienced as a child, as a teenager, or a young adult.  Basically any unresolved stress from the past can influence your health today.
Too often, a child experiences a traumatic event.  They do not adequately resolve or repair the stress response at that time when they are a child.  Consequently, the stress response becomes a pattern throught out their entire life.  A stress cascade occurs.  Decades later the old stress effects currrent behafvior.    It also influences multiple internal organ functions and contributes to a health condition, such as:  a digestive disorder, an immune condition,  a skin condition, a respiratory condition, or a mood disorder- and more!

Resolving current stress and past trauma can improve wellness and increase the speed of healing today.
Some aspect of resolving stress can be very simple.  For a person with a  health condition the stress and trauma patterns in their body can be complicated.  It requires slow, steady action to turn the tide.
From my experience,  an integrated 'mind-body' approach is required to support a person with a complex health condition that includes old stress and trauma patterns. 
Sometimes a patient with a medical condition where stress and trauma is a co-factor will consult multiple medical and health care practitioners and not find a resolution. Unfortunately, stress and trauma education is not a mainstream topic in medical schools.   This is especially true as it relates to early childhood stress and trauma.
Consequently many mental, medical and other health professionals do not have the training and insight to understand the contribution of the deep layers of stress and trauma to the person's current health condition.
Mental health professionals do receive training in stress and trauma, yet their training often does not address the deep physical components of stress that effect organ systems.   Too often mental health professionals are trained in face to face, verbal, and meaning making aspects of stress - not the deeper mind-body physiology of stress.  Those insights and skills are more commonly found with Integrated Health Professional, and Mind-body, or somatic bodyworkers - such as myself.
Furthermore,  the contribution of childhood stress and trauma to adult illness is significantly underrepresented in medical and mental health education.
Medical professionals do train in trauma, but it is a narrow scope of trauma, such as an open chest wound with loss of blood.  They are less trained in the relationship between a physical trauma condition and the related states of mind and emotion.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, my personal journey has given me uncommon insights into
The intersection of the two domains - physical, medical sympotoms and the correlary mind and emotional issues.   Therefore, the services I offer are grounded in the deep physical nature of being.
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Clients I have Supported

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In my practice I have supported clients where unresolved stress and trauma was a co-factor in their health condition, including:

·      Auto-immune
·      Digestive
·      Heart
·      Pulmonary and asthma
·      Ear, Nose and Throat
·      Skin
·      Nervous system
·      Depression
·      Cancer
·      Migraines and head aches
·      Sleep conditions
·      Substance abuse
·      Women’s health issues
·      Pre-surgery preparation, Post-surgery recovery
·      Pain
-     Spasmodic Dysphonia

-     Sciatica
-     lower back pain
-     Physical, Psychological or Sexual Abuse

After Treatments, clients have reported improvement to:

·      Symptoms
·      Stress  levels
·      Clarity, focus, orientation and organizationto their health condition and life.
·      Ease and comfort
·      Pain level
-      Range of motion, physical flexibility
·      Sleep
·      Self care
·      Attitude about following self care treatment.
·      Self awareness about health issues.
·      Relationship with caregivers, partners and family.
·      Resolution with the past
·      Simple, clear presence in the moment.
·      Ease with being in their body.

Women and Stress Related Illness
Women are particularly susceptible to stress-related illness because the stress response  in women is different than in men. Most, but not all, men respond to stress with muscles and movement – physical action. Women in general respond to stress with internal feeling and empathy. In some cases of prolonged stress, or old trauma, this can complicate a woman’s health burden.

"I have been dealing with chronic health issues for the past six years accompanied and induced by a number of traumatic events. I have seen a lot of healers and body workers. Daniel created a space of complete safety that was crucial for me, which allowed me to relax deeply in a way I have never been able to before.   The difference in the way I felt after sessions with him was immediate and palpable."

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"Before we met I had been seeing many doctors to resolve a long-term painful condition. I was amazed after the very first session that I felt a 40% reduction in pain. Something really changed in my body.  Sleep, relaxation, energy, work, and relationships are all flowing better now as well."

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