What is Trauma Therapy?
Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) is a gentle trauma therapy that gently releases trauma experiences. When we have difficult experiences, we store these ‘traumas’ in our energetic bodies. The current global fear and anxiety around COVID-19 and the potential economic disaster is one example of a ‘trauma’. Fear and anxiety settle into our bellies, our hearts, our throats and make it hard to think and problem solve.
AIT uses a gentle energy technique, using the chakra energy centers and psychology theory to help the individual release these stored traumatic feelings and experiences. Interesting research suggests that at each Chakra point, there is a bundle of neuropeptides and biochemical substrates that are concentrated – these are the chemical signals of emotion. That means that biologically speaking, it’s possible that these difficult emotional experiences might be coded biologically into your body. I believe that science will catch up to this approach soon. In fact, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study is the first study indicating that difficult childhoods create physical illness. Each chakra point which we clear trauma from correlates to a biological system, an energetic system and relates to specific emotions.
The Chakra System has been used and referenced in many forms throughout the years. Each point correlates to both a physical-biological system, an energetic system, and an emotional system.
Energy/Emotional System in Trauma Recovery
Below is a diagram that details each Chakra point, and the connecting emotional and higher-level function of that energetic point. It can give us clues as to where we might store specific traumas. For example, an abusive father might hold trauma in our heads (crown chakra), versus an abusive mother, might be held in our pelvis (solar plexus).
Biological System and the Chakras
Each Chakra point also correlates to a set of biological functions and physical organs on the body Each point where the Chakra energy point is physically located on the body and holds significant nerve ganglia along the spine. Comparing the biological point with the energetic one holds interesting information.
How does it work?
The client finds the sentence that describes their trauma experience. For example, during the pandemic, I have cleared “All the fear I feel about COVID-19”. The client then places one hand on the chakra center where they feel that ‘trauma’ most intensely. Their other hand moves through the remaining energy centers while they repeat the sentence at each place.
People report incredible sensations of relief. I have seen clients who can barely get the words out at the beginning of the process report the statement loses all emotional charge by the end. This approach is gentle and can have an immediate and lasting impact on your life.
This technique can be used to deal with situations in your current life that feel difficult. It is also an effective way to deal with what we call ‘originating trauma’. These are the things that happened back then, that are impacting our daily life now in negative ways. Childhood abuse, neglect, emotional abandonment, or invalidation of our experience are all examples of ‘originating trauma’.
We cannot change the past, but it is possible to release the trauma charge so past wounds become just something that happened back then, instead of life-defining experiences.