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Release Stored Trauma for Better Health by Heather Koubek Jameson

So many healing modalities lately seem to focus on the mind-body connection. What does this really mean for us and how we seek out ways to deal with trauma and improve our quality of life?

The mind-body connection is not just a concept; there is a lot of scientific evidence behind it. Let’s talk about trauma. Trauma can be defined as any event that creates a high enough stress level that our ‘fight or flight’ response is induced, activating our sympathetic nervous system. Trauma can be many things: from the life threatening to the life altering. When our stress response is queued, we begin to experience things through the limbic system (our emotional headquarters) of our brain and not our frontal cortex (the thinking headquarters.) This is so we can act swiftly without much thought in our actions to survive.

As we cycle from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic system during trauma, we are unable to record these events in words or a narrative story; that is the job of our frontal cortex which is temporarily shut down. So if the limbic system is doing the recording, the recall of these events only can be felt in emotional or physical symptoms. After the trauma is over and we have survived, we are sometimes left with overwhelming physical and emotional symptoms that can interfere with our quality of life. These symptoms can be triggered easily in seemingly innocuous situations. These symptoms are actually traumatic memories. Because the limbic system has no concept of time, these ‘memories’ feel very present, yet not relational in real time to anything applicable to the level of discomfort being experienced.

How does this relate to the mind-body connection? With therapeutic modalities that acknowledge this integral connection, we can address these stored emotions and physical symptoms left over from our brain’s limited capacity when experiencing traumatic events. These intense emotions can get trapped in our physical connective tissue (fascia), walled off after the trauma so that we can resume our lives with the least amount of interference. But eventually this stored emotional trauma restricts the tissue which has a ripple effect on the surrounding tissue and organs.

CranioSacral Therapy’s Somatoemotional Release (SER) finds these deeply embedded, restricted emotional and physical areas in the fascia of our muscular system. Through dialog and gentle bodywork, always working at client’s level of comfort, this treatment identifies, explores and releases these restricted areas. The goal is to restore the tissue to optimal health and free the body and mind of these old stored ‘memories’ that were causing chronic emotional and physical distress.

Heather Koubek Jameson, licensed massage therapist and licensed master social worker, is the owner of Yemaya Massage & Wellness Center and has been practicing CranioSacral Therapy for seven years. She recently completed the third level, SomatoEmotional Release. Her center is located at 345 N. Main St., Ste. 10, in New City. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 634-3100 or visit

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