Episode 16: Movement Stress & Trauma Part 2

Hello Friends! Today I’m excited to discuss part two of how movement can be used as a tool for healing and emotional stability when it comes to stress and trauma. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to part 1, I recommend you pause this episode, listen to the last one, and then resume, it lays a solid foundation what I’m going to be sharing today.

What's in your trauma and stress tool box? I would love for people to have all the options available to them to access, in no way do I think one tool should be elevated to be more important than another, but I have found that utilizing movement for healing is a tool that often is left out of the equation, so I love highlighting it as something that many people don’t realize is an option.

In this episode I cover:

  • Opening ourselves up to using tools- Mindset shifts and perspective shifts
  • Trauma and secondary trauma- how the brain and body might interpret differently
  • Countering the ‘suck it up’ mentality
  • Everyone deserves a toolbox, and the tools that work best for individuals are unique, learning to follow you intuition and try different healing modalities
  • The tendency to fixate on fixing ourselves
  • Not allowing seeming ‘regressions’ to freak you out or make you feel broken
  • Understanding how our physiology affects our hormones and emotions and visa versa
  • The idea of trauma being stored in the body, facial and connective tissues- massage therapists
  • Questioning what it means to be ‘in control’ of your body
  • Experiences - how the same experience will have a widely different effect on different individuals based on their wiring
  • Observing how other Animals process trauma physically
  • Psoas Release
  • General movement for supporting the nervous system
  • Interoception and Proprioception- lowering anxiety
  • Tapping
  • Neurogenic Shaking
  • Balance- being present, the embodied living simple and now

This is why I have many of these elements in my Thriving Birth Worker Movement Method Course that will be releasing in the next month. This is not an ad, but I do talk about what I’m excited about and believe in, and this course is really a fabulous resource for your body as a Birth Worker. I designed the course to not only build up strength in your back, upper body, core and more, but all of it ties back to building a deeper relationship with your body, a more accurate dialog between your body parts and understanding what YOUR body needs right now. It’s really a beautiful process, and much different than simply doing a few exercise classes!

If you’d like to be in the loop on the first launch of the Course, sign up to be on the waitlist here! You’ll get access to any special bonuses or sale prices if you’re on this list as well!


Book Resources:


Tom Meyers Anatomy Trains

The Body and Trauma

Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers - Robert Sapolsky

Waking the Tiger -

The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process- David Berceli

Moving the Body- Bigger Picture-

Move Your DNA - Katy Bowman


Upcoming Event:

Self Care for Birth Workers Workshop:

My dear friend and colleague Shana and I are hosting our second Self Care for Birth Workers Workshop, March 21st from 4-6 pm. Find all the details here!


I deeply appreciate you, your strength and willingness to do the hard work of showing up for your clients and for yourself. Embodied work leads into a full and powerful life, and I’m over here cheering you on as your move into your version of thriving! 


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