How Somatic Work Helped Me Heal from Trauma and Come Home to My Body

Trauma and repressed emotions often live in the body and nervous system beyond the conscious awareness of our mind. Somatic and hypnotherapy techniques are powerful ways to address these stuck energies and create lasting healing.

I was fortunate to deeply explore somatic practices with the guidance of today’s podcast guest, somatic therapist Jessica Benstock. Jessica trained me in a somatic certification program called The Phoenix Path, which was invaluable for my own trauma recovery.

In this post, I’ll share key highlights from my conversation with Jessica on all things somatics, hypnotherapy, parts integration and more.

Jessica’s Journey Into Somatic Therapy and Hypnotherapy

Jessica has been practicing somatic hypnotherapy since 2010. This was before concepts like “trauma” and “emotions” were talked about freely! Jessica remembers wanting to share about parts work and subpersonalities with friends back then, and people reacting with confusion and discomfort.

Now somatic modalities are much more mainstream. But Jessica was drawn to hypnotherapy and somatics from an early age based on seeing tangible results, even when these practices were taboo or “woo woo.”

She has trained extensively in hypnotherapy, shamanic techniques, somatic therapy, meditation and more. This equips Jessica to take an integrative approach by drawing from the wisdom of various traditions.

Much of Jessica’s desire to help others comes from growing up in a family with intense emotions but no resolution. She saw the potential for healing through accessing repressed emotions and memories. The catharsis of hypnotherapy sessions lit a spark in her soul.

Why Somatic Work is Effective for Trauma Recovery

Somatic techniques get underneath mental defense mechanisms to address trauma and emotions trapped in the body and nervous system.

According to somatic theory, repressed memories and emotions manifest as chronic tension or armoring in the body when they are not fully processed. Gentle somatic exercises aim to bring awareness to these areas of armoring and loosen them, so the underlying emotions can flow.

As Jessica shares, hypnotherapy and parts work are also invaluable for trauma recovery. Hypnosis allows direct access to the subconscious mind, where memories hide. Parts work helps identify and integrate wounded aspects of self.

Jessica uses somatic methods, hypnotherapy, parts work and more in her integrative approach. These modalities complement and enhance each other in promoting lasting trauma resolution.

The Power of Combining Healing Techniques

There is so much wisdom contained in different healing traditions. Jessica believes that bringing these techniques together magnifies their impact. Each modality offers a unique lens and tools.

For example, Jessica trained in psychology and childhood development principles to understand trauma’s origins. She studied indigenous shamanic rituals to address ancestral wounds. She learned somatic exercises to release body armor. And she practiced esoteric meditation to cultivate subtle energy.

Jessica sees the common threads running through these approaches. Her ability to weave them together creates a comprehensive trauma-healing program.

My Own Experience with Somatic Work

Going through Jessica’s Phoenix Path training was invaluable for my trauma recovery. Not only did I learn somatic principles and practices, but I experienced their benefits firsthand.

Having a skilled guide like Jessica hold space for me to process intense emotions was incredible. The somatic tools helped me stay present and anchored, so I could fully express myself without feeling flooded or overwhelmed.

Releasing body tension and armoring through somatic movement, breathwork and massage brought up memories I didn’t know were trapped. I gained so much more access to myself and my inner world.

My nervous system feels more regulated, my mind is clearer, and I have greater self-awareness. I’m deeply grateful to Jessica and somatic work for the level of healing they have facilitated.

Now I incorporate somatic practices like pendulation, resourcing, boundary setting and parts integration into my daily self-care routine. These tools will serve me lifelong.

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