The Work

The Myofascial network is my direct connection to the nervous system and every other physical structure and system in the body.  In addition, my skills allow me to access all of the other light/energy bodies, and further genetic and karmic information.  Both the pace and scope of each session’s reach is dictated by the physical body’s ability to feel safe and release.  Each and every session is intuitively crafted in response to the conditions present on the day. 

So what exactly is Trauma Release Massage?

It’s a fairly unique hybrid of physical and energy work.  A hands-on treatment that deeply heals, regulates the nervous system and releases both physical and emotional trauma trapped in the body.  Myofascial Release Technique acts as the base layer for treatment.  Fascia winds through and surrounds every single structure in the body. When it’s tight, nothing moves like it should, injuries don’t fully resolve and we experience pain.  It’s not released by regular massage.  It needs a very specific and gentle touch.  Fascia is also where we store any unprocessed trauma or anxiety, as well as anger or grief that we’ve shoved down out of the way.  All of this stuff stays stuck until we move it.  And it impacts our health in various ways.

As we can only move as fast as the fascia will allow, and in acknowledgement to how profoundly comprehensive this work is – in order to do it well,  this technique requires time.

In addition to MRT, we add Bowen moves, as appropriate. Bowen is a holistic technique which affects the body at all levels and is also great in its own right, for resolving old injuries (no matter how old!) and promoting wellbeing. It also shifts emotional stuff, in a slightly different way (because we store stuff in all kinds of different ways. Good to have different ways to get at it).

The third layer in this amazing technique is some high level energy healing.

My hands are incredibly sensitive, able to differentiate between muscle and fascia, note subtle changes in texture and movement, on multiple layers from bone to skin – I am also highly intuitive and able to channel healing energy at a very high vibration.

What kind of trauma do you treat? Is this for people with recent trauma?

I mostly work with older trauma, once people have done some kind of talk therapy or self development work.  Including the body can help to integrate this other work better.  However, in some cases, where memories are inaccessible or buried deep, your talk Therapist or Counsellor may recommend that you engage in some body-centred work alongside their sessions.  I have enough trauma-informed training to be able to hold space for you as you feel any emotions that come up come up for release.

Recent and acute stages of trauma, addiction and mental illness are better handled by a Somatic Talk Therapist, who has more specific and relevant training.

Unprocessed stress and trauma, whether physical or mental/emotional/spiritual can stay stuck in your body for years and eventually affect your health (fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression, addictions, chronic illness). 

If you have a high ACES score or some kind of traumatic event in your history, and you also have ongoing or mystery health issues – they are probably linked.  There is a big correlation between unprocessed trauma and the onset of serious illness later in life.  A massive shift in quality of life is often experienced, once stored trauma is released from the body.

Do I have to re-hash all of the things that happened?

No.  In my work, the story that the body tells is most important.  There are tick boxes on the intake form to indicate any trauma, and while it is appreciated if you disclose it there, it is not necessary to give much further detail.  Ideally, you will be in the care of a Psych or Counsellor to help you  explore your story.  Bodywork is an additional piece and not a substitute for talk therapy.  The body remembers much that the conscious mind is unable to access, so releasing cellular memory directly makes a lot of sense.

Will it bring up my stuff?

Possibly, but I do my best to minimise this from happening. Sometimes, we will feel things acutely as they shift.  Especially if they’ve been there for a long time.  This is true for physical as well as emotional pain.  If it does happen, it’s actually a good sign. It means it’s moving on, and it doesn’t usually last for very long.  If you acknowledge it as kind of like a kiss on the way out the door, and don’t get too hung up on it, it usually passes without a lot of fuss.

As emotions shift, it is common for people to feel a memory or emotion float to the surface, maybe a realisation of some kind, related to the time when it got stuck there.  Veterans of healing work should find it quite a gentle experience.  Most people simply stay in a deeply relaxed state during treatment and feel very light, blissful and at peace on completion. 

If you have a particularly traumatic past and are worried about this aspect, it is highly recommended that you are supported by your talking Therapist or Counsellor to help unpack anything that arises. 

Motivation

My work/calling unfolded quite organically over many years, as I seemed to end up with a lot of massage clients who trusted me enough to disclose their trauma histories. Often I was the first person they had told, and many told me that I was actually easier to talk to than their Counsellor or Psychologist. I figured, if this was happening, I should obtain some additional training to ensure that I had the skills to handle the situations responsibly. I was naturally drawn more to the gentler massage techniques, because I was incredibly sensitive and could feel more through my hands when I wasn’t exerting too much pressure.
 
Once I discovered the link between the fascia and the nervous system and trauma – I was hooked! I had found a way to combine my different interests and skills and put them to use in a way that nobody else seemed to be. I had seen the gaps in what was available when I was trying to heal my own trauma, and wanted to see if I could fill those gaps. By framing my work within the structure of massage (Myofascial Release Technique), I saw a way to make it more accessible, by allowing people to access their health insurance. A way to contain and legitimise the more “woo-woo” aspects of what I did.
 
In addition, to my education and training, weaving through and informing everything that I did professionally, has been my own personal healing journey. I wanted everything I had been through to have a beneficial purpose. I wanted to give my life meaning. I wanted to do something good.  I also wanted to create a way of healing trauma that wasn’t so painful and heavy.  We have as many happy tears, heart openings, gratitude and laughter in clinic, as we do the heavier moments. In fact, the most common feeling that I see people experience on my table is bliss – so I feel I’ve done OK on achieving that goal. #whosaidhealinghastobehard?
 
My life has included a variety of physical, mental and emotional traumas.  So, I feel fairly safe in saying that I can relate to a lot of my clients’ experiences, and won’t minimise them.  [If you want details – I almost died in-utero, due to a car accident; I was bullied in my formative years (pretty sure there is some inter-generational trauma in my family too); I hovered between life and death from a head injury after being hit by a bus, aged 9; I experienced sexual assaults in my late teens; toxic workplace stress in adulthood; abusive relationships; and finally the tragic death of my beautiful husband. That last one finally stopped me in my tracks and cracked me open, and I’m eternally grateful that somebody pointed me in the direction of the Spiritualist Church who trained me up as a Healer.]
 
I have psycho-analysed myself since the age of 12 and seen many different practitioners over the years in a bid to heal on various levels (including Naturopaths, Osteopaths, NET Chiropractors, Energy Healers, Coaches/Mentors, Psychotherapists and Counsellors). I was into any course of study or book which would give me better insight into myself and others, where trauma came from and how it could be healed. I use it all to inform the work that I do, to provide insights into what might benefit my clients and also to refer on to more appropriate (or additional) resources.
 
Many people tried to dissuade me from working with trauma (particularly sexual trauma), because of my own history, but I always felt like I had something to offer – because of my experiences and not despite them. Why let all that insight go to waste? But there were also some key people along the way who quietly told me that what I was doing had value, that what I wanted to do was needed, and that I should keep going. Thankfully, they were the ones I listened to.
 
I acknowledge that my work might not be appropriate for everyone, and I do my best to try and identify anyone that might be the case for.  I’m certainly not the be-all-and-end-all of trauma recovery (nor do I want to be!). Trauma is far too complex and individual to have only one answer. But there are a lot of people that I CAN help with my particular skills, and that’s who I am here for.  I am happy to work in the cracks and the little-known spaces that others may overlook.  To offer something additional to your other work.
 

Training

I started with a Health Science Diploma in Massage in 2001-2003. (2 years of full-time study. It was later migrated to a Remedial Massage Diploma as terminology and training changed).
 
I concurrently studied all 7 levels of Bowen Therapy that were available at the time through the Bowtech Academy. They also changed their training structure and I declined to spend more money to have my qualifications officially recognised by health funds.
 
Over the years I attended many workshops and series on a variety of healing topics – understanding the Chakras, Crystal Healing, Energy Work, Touch For Health, Life Lessons work.
 
The Bach Flower Institute – Levels 1 and 2.
 
2003: Trained as a Healer at the Maylands Christian Spiritualist Church and worked in their healing room for a couple of years.
 
2005-07: Partial completion of an Analytical Coaching certificate at The Churchill Clinic (Psychotherapy training school in Perth), before the school closed down due to the Global Financial Crisis. In addition, engaging in 50 hours of personal Psychotherapy was a requirement of this course.
 
Several years of Heart Mastery / Mystery School training with the Cosmosis Mentoring Academy. I found a lot of value from these years of spiritual development mentoring, and in the Cosmosis Process itself – which works at the Emotional level, rather than mental. During this time, I abstained from coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or gossip, was constantly engaged in course work and attended a number of Retreats (including one for sexual abuse survivors which was both personally life-changing and gave me many insights into the many ways that this type of abuse shows up, and which approaches to healing could be most useful).
 
2012: Cert IV in Life Coaching and Mentoring – Global Coaching Academy.
 
2014-2018: I completed 3 lots of training with MJB Seminars to learn their Equilibration Technique. Then I discovered The Spiral (Advanced Clearing Technique), which worked on similar principles (Emotional Clearing) but was a better fit for me. I completed Practitioner Training and several Advanced Practitioner trainings. I would recommend caution for people with Trauma histories before engaging in these techniques. Make sure that the Practitioner you choose has adequate training to support you safely, and is an ethical/values match. A lot of the techniques borrowed from Coaching and NLP can be quite manipulative. I no longer use these techniques myself, but certainly found them beneficial at the time.
 
Membership with ANTA requires 20 hours of CEU training yearly and Senior First Aid training every 2-3 years. Besides additional specific training in Cranio Sacral Technique and Myofascial Release Technique, I choose whatever massage training seems most relevant to the clients I see. I also enrol in courses at NICABM (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine) on topics relating to trauma, anxiety, nervous system regulation, etc. so that I can be more trauma-informed.
 
Most recently I trained in McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique, and am still completing case studies.

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