Trauma is much more common and every day, than many of us would like to think.

In this blog, I cover 3 things:

✅   What is this trauma all about and why are so many people talking about it?

✅  What happens when our nervous system gets stuck, because of trauma?

✅  Why is it so impactful, in so many different aspects of our health?


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Hi and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans, massage and craniosacral therapist at BlossomingMe and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Today I’m wanting to talk to you a little bit deeper about trauma.

What is this trauma all about and why are so many people talking about it? What can you do about it and why is it so impactful, in so many different aspects of our health?

Trauma is much more common and every day, than many of us would like to think. 

The easiest way to explain Trauma is with a picture of the Sahara Desert, where you might find an Impala, beautifully surrounded by its whole community. It’s relaxed, it’s eating grass it’s totally fine.

At some point it hears a noise and so its ears prick up, lifting its head. It’s come out of the rest and digest phase, into an alert phase. If danger then is spotted, found, seen, heard; then that will turn into flight from the impala and its whole congregation. As they fly, as they run away from the lion that is chasing them.

The Incompleted Cycle:

If they are successful, the impalas will all manage to escape the lion and they will go back to eating their grass. In that rest and digest phase. 

They have completed that loop. The fast heartbeating, the shallow breathing, all of the blood and everything going into their muscles to get them out of there, is now calming down. Slowly they are breathing more deeply. They are coming out of their sympathetic fight, flight response, into the parasympathetic response of the nervous system, which grounds them. That’s where we are resting, where we are digesting, and where our body is able to repair. So that is also where our healing goes on.

But, unlike the Impala who is naturally going back to the rest and digest phase, many of us get stuck in that step of flight. Where we don’t feel that we have completely run away from the lion. Where that lion is still possibly around, and we’re in that heightened, hypervigilant, alert phase. The loop is open, it does not complete. It does not go all the way around to the rest and digest phase. It doesn’t actually reach there, so we get stuck in this fight, flight, or freeze mode.

When We Are Stuck In Fight, Flight, Freeze Mode:

When we are stuck in this fight, flight, freeze mode, our thinking can get stuck, and we get stuck on beliefs that are not necessarily useful. We can get stuck in emotions, like really deep sadness, like anxiety, or really deep fear. Where we can’t move through. Moving through feels impossible. We are hypervigilant, so we are stuck in that. Because we are looking for possible threats all the time, not only are we unable to heal, because we are not yet back in the rest and digest phase. Our immune system is both constantly on and looking for things. But it is also impaired. It is on, but it is not on well, it is not fully functional. So it’s looking all the time, but it isn’t necessarily finding what it’s looking for. Or it’s overcompensating, and finding things that it shouldn’t be looking for. and that is where we can fall into issues like autoimmune diseases.

And because we are on all the time, alert, and looking for threats, our body posture can be tight. Our muscles rigid, our whole muscular skeletal system is not flexible, not able to move easily. And that can lead to aches and pains, headaches, migraines, and other physiological symptoms.

This is where the power of relaxation, in order to heal, comes to the fore. Where we’re able to help our body, not just our mind, but help our body; where that trauma is stored.

So I hope this story of the Impala and the lion helps to illustrate for you how this cycle [of] trauma can be impacting your life.

I hope today’s video is impactful and helpful for you. If you did like today’s video, please like, and share it, and join us next time, when we look at other ways to support and nurture you and your body to health, and well-being, and a positive mindset.

From my heart to yours, namaste.

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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