From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, your fascia is a continuous silver-white bodysuit that surrounds, separates, interpenetrates and envelopes all of your organs, including your brain, vagus nerve and every muscle, bone and blood vessel in your body.
It is slick and slippery like a fluid body, a spider web between and surrounding muscles, gliding and sliding across each other gracefully, unrestricted, providing an environment that enables all bodily systems to operate and communicate in an integrated manner.
When emotional stress and trauma take hold, this happy, slick, slippery spider web becomes gluey, forming tree trunks of restriction clamping down on our organs, muscles and nerves.
Fascia has been missing from the historical atlas of psychotherapy and the theory of working with the body in therapy. Something physical that we can put our finger on, more intelligent and interconnected than muscle memory. Therapists know they are missing something, and this is where the fascia has tremendous implications for our work in mental health.
Today both therapists and clients talk about emotional stress and trauma being stuck in the body, that "the body keeps score" and "the body remembers" “the body says No”. However, there isn’t much science to explain exactly where in the body emotions and trauma are manifesting.
People often speak about healing physical body trauma as if it were magical alchemy, constantly seeking a magical intervention, thinking it can be learned in a morning workshop that will quickly make the trauma disappear. But there is no quick fix. There is no magic potion because healing emotional and physical trauma involves many layers of work. It takes time.
Our clients need to be involved in this work and understand how their bodies hold and process emotional stress and trauma. When our clients are involved, they begin to notice what works for them and over time, they can navigate towards safety and make good choices for themselves in the here and now. They will feel it, somatically, in their body.
During the workshop, we will explore:
- Magical Connective Tissue: Fascia, what is it and why it matters
- Issues in the Tissues: How fascia houses Trauma in the Body
- Our most intelligent organ: Interception, Proprioception & Neuroception
- Fascia & The Vagus Nerve
- Fascia & our Organs - Heart and Gut
- Intergenerational Trauma, PTSD & Fascia
- Potential for Growth & Healing: Befriending the body. Learn Trauma-Informed Yoga tools
to work with clients online and in person.
- Practical tools and knowledge to share with clients
Equipment & Experience: No yoga experience is required to attend this workshop, just an interest in the mind-body connection. On the day of the workshop, do wear comfortable clothing and have a space where you can sit on the floor; you’re welcome to bring your yoga mat or blanket. You have a choice to practise movement seated or on the floor; adjustments are always given.
Disclaimer: This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to be trauma-informed teacher, yoga teacher, yoga therapist, mindfulness instructor, Psychotherapist, Counsellor or trauma therapist. Instead, the workshop seeks to provide knowledge and skills to enhance the existing skills of therapists or yoga teachers within their existing scope of practice. Further training and support via supervision or personal therapy is always recommended when integrating new approaches into one’s existing work.
Note: The material in this workshop awakens many sensations, emotions, experiences and thoughts within our own bodies. It is very important that you already have some clinical awareness and knowledge of this subject.
Lorna Evans | Founder The Mind Movement
Psychotherapist & Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher
Lorna is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy. Lorna proudly integrates psychotherapy and the body with a focus on Breath & Movement as healing tools for trauma, anxiety and depression.