Category Archives: Feldenkrais and Trauma

Last Call: Peter Levine, Pat Ogden and Stephen Porges

Hi all – I am the process of reading the transcripts and listening to the audio versions from NICABM’s Trauma and Body series. I am also responding to comments from Feldenkrais practitioners who attended and sent me emails and responses on Facebook and such. I really appreciate it when people do that. If you attended any sessions from this particular event and have anything to add, please put a comment below? I am also curious about your experiences with Somatic Experiencing and Body Based Therapy in general.

I did my best to annoy the hell out of you with blog posts, emails and Facebook spam so that you could attend the events for free. But if you missed any of them, or want the downloads there is still time to buy. The cost of the paid version is set to rise dramatically on Monday, May 13 so if you want to get all the videos, audio, transcripts and bonuses, enroll now.

Rob Cohen, a student from the Amherst training who also did a training with Anat Baniel wrote:

“Ryan, I enjoyed Pat Ogden’s talk and am sorry that I missed van der Kolk and Porges. Last weekend I went to an introduction to Peter Levine’s work and found it very interesting. I discovered long ago that touching, no matter how masterful, was not enough to relieve many people’s difficulties because the emotionality and physiology of the problem would come back after the lesson if they were not addressed directly. I’m now getting both confirmation of what I had realized and ways of going past that which I had created on my own in working with students. Thanks for the link!”

The list of Feldenkrais practitioners who use and are interested in these various trauma treatments is growing and includes, Irene Lyon (formerly Irene Gutteridge), Brad Beldner and many others. Here is the link to purchase the series before the price increase:

Free Online Event With Peter Levine Tonight

Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing

Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing

There will be a free option to attend an online event tonight with Peter Levine through NICABM’s online conference on healing trauma. Many Feldenkrais practitioners know of Peter Levine through his “Somatic Experiencing” work which helps to quickly and powerfully help people work through and eliminate the effects of traumatic events. At this point, I personally know a dozen Feldenkrais practitioners who are also Somatic Experiencing Practitioners. I am certain there are many more.

In addition, if you have ever worked with Milton Erickson or one of his students, you may recognize many similarities between Erickson’s work and the work of Peter Levine.

For now, I am going to skip writing about Feldenkrias and trauma in depth. But I will say that I believe strongly that the Feldenkrais Method’s ability to help people recover from traumatic events can use a bit of a “boost” with some additional strategies. My own recovery from abuse, drug addiction, homelessness and somewhat severe dissociation that used to take me over at times was helped, but not quite healed, from using the work of Moshe Feldenkrais. The number of people who come to the work seeking relief from trauma and it’s effects, is perhaps greater than we realize. It could help us all to learn a bit more about this topic.

Dr. Levine will be talking about:

  • Facilitating the Body’s Core Movement Toward Excitement and Energy
  • How Our “Three Brains” Function: The Neuroanatomy at the Core of Trauma
  • How to Unify the Different Parts of the Brain in Therapy
  • The SIBAAM Method: Six Steps to Help Patients Track Their Bodies
  • Connecting Image to Experience: “Resetting” the Nervous System

As well as a few other topics. There are other speakers in this series on trauma including, Steven Porges, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Francine Shapiro (of EMDR fame), and Ruth Lanius. In addition, Bill O’Hanlon and Rick Hanson will be speaking on how to directly put the various trauma treatment strategies into practice.

Here is the link to sign up: NICABM Trauma Series. To get the events for free look for the grey box that says: “Register here for the Wednesday broadcasts only Free of Charge.”

Will be shown at two times tonight: 5:00pm EDT and 6:30pm EDT.

If you want to have access to downloads and transcript of the events and some bonuses, you can pay for that. But it is not required. If you do end up purchasing something from NICABM, I will get a referral fee.

cheers! Ryan