Understanding "sensations" and how they locate trauma in the body

Peter Levine, PhD Author of Trauma Proofing Your Kids, explains the manic experiencing approach and how it helps people experiencing trauma in their body
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Understanding "sensations" and how they locate trauma in the body

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Peter Levine: This approach, the manic experiencing, doesn’t tell the story. It works with helping people experience where the trauma stuck in their body. So for example, you see something that’s really horrifying or scary, terrifying and you Huh! You go like this. And what happens is people get frozen in that moment of the shock, in the moment of the trauma. By being able to access the body’s sensations, by being able to feel where we’re tight or where we’ve collapsed, then we can change the body, and reset our nervous system and our psyche that we are back into our equilibrium and back into life.

Peter Levine, PhD Author of Trauma Proofing Your Kids, explains the manic experiencing approach and how it helps people experiencing trauma in their body

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Peter A. Levine, PhD

Author of Trauma Proofing Your Kids & Developer of Somatic Experiencing

Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world. Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project. Levine’s international best-seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into 24 languages. Levine’s contribution was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement award  Recognizing Outstanding Professionals in the Field of Child/Adolescent Mental Health from the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center.

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