Trauma as loss of awareness:
Conscious Awareness is the aspect of human consciousness that operates in the present moment and is free of conditioning and belief patterns. However, when trauma occurs, our conscious awareness separates from the part of the body/mind that was overwhelmed during the traumatic experience. This is the body/mind’s last line of defense against overload; it is the body/mind’s circuit breaker. The problem is that once the overloading, or traumatic experience, is over, the switch doesn’t just turn back on. Instead, we go forward in life operating with the switch turned off and therefore with our conscious awareness separated from the traumatized area. It is an insidious process. Very often we don’t even know it has happened. We simply assume the new, compromised mode of movement, feeling, and/or thought is “normal”.
Healing happens when, and only when, conscious awareness is brought back to the traumatized area. This “flips the switch” back on and the body/mind’s regulatory mechanisms can then function to restore homeostasis. Bringing conscious awareness back to the traumatized area sounds simple but both body and mind are equipped with defense mechanisms that operate to prevent this very thing from happening. It is navigating and negotiating with these defense mechanisms, whether in the body or in the mind, or both, that is required to truly resolve trauma and it’s associated symptoms.
Approaches that Dimension Therapy draws from:
The practice of mindfulness involves being aware moment-to-moment, of one’s subjective conscious experience from a first-person perspective. When practicing mindfulness, one becomes aware of one’s "stream of consciousness". The skill of mindfulness can be gradually developed using meditational practices that are described in detail in the Buddhist tradition. Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the 1970s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people who are experiencing a variety of psychological conditions. Mindfulness practice is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, such as bringing about reductions in depression symptoms, reducing stress, anxiety, and in the treatment of drug addiction.
Energy psychology is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors, and known bioenergy systems (such as meridians and the biofield). These systems and processes exist, and interact, within individuals and between people. They are also influenced by cultural and environmental factors. Within an EP framework, emotional and physical issues are seen, and treated, as bio-energetic patterns within a mind-body-energy system. The mind and body are thought to be interwoven and interactive within this mind-body-energy system, which involves complex communication involving neurobiological processes, innate electrophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), consciousness, and cognitive-behavioral-emotional patterns. The use of EP has resulted in the development of associated methods and models to treat psychological and emotional problems, facilitate health and wellbeing, and improve human performance. These models and methods are usually used within an integrative or holistic approach to practices such as psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, integrative medicine, and other healing modalities.
Structural bodywork is a therapeutic modality that focuses on the structure and function of the musculo-skeletal and fascial systems. The aim of structural bodywork is to release restrictions that are causing misalignment and imbalance in the body. The most well-known of such healing modalities is Rolfing Structural Integration, developed by Ida Rolf. Restoration of the structural integrity of the body is the aim and purpose of Rolfing Structural Integration. Rolfing is a technique, a method, and a system. The technique of Rolfing is applied through a series of bodywork sessions aimed at identifying and correcting areas of fascial hyper-tension and/or hypo-tension. Rolfers are trained to identify and correct such areas of structural compromise through their training in the Rolfing system of proper structural alignment and movement integration. The result is a body that is structurally more sound and functionally more free.