Understanding Trauma

Trauma is real. It’s not just an idea, or a feeling of upset. Trauma is a physical reaction that becomes part of our bodies, a response to situations large and small. It builds and settles and takes up residence in our tissues over time, expressing itself in our everyday lives, sometimes for years. Trauma is what happens when our systems become overwhelmed, whether by a specific event or life circumstances. If we cannot adequately process and “clear” these experiences, then our lives can become unmanageable.

In the BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System® (BBTRS®), we combine successful somatic modalities with five other essential Elements—breathwork, meditation, bodywork, sound, and emotional expression. Together, these allow our natural physiological functions to clean out what was left behind by traumatic events. We trigger the body’s natural “emergency” responses, even when we’re not being chased by a tiger or threatened at gunpoint!

Breath is Our Foundation

“>Modulating the breath is known to impact our emotional and physical states; it also changes how our nervous system functions. In BBTRS®, breathwork is used primarily to enhance the process of somatic trauma release, and supports meditation that integrates the work. In general terms, “breathwork” also can describe various breath exercises, and is a method to support the exploration of alternate states of consciousness. All of these assets are key to the practice of BBTRS.

Trauma touches all of us

At some point in their lives, most people experience a traumatic event—and about 6 out of every 100 people (or 6% of the U.S. population) will have PTSD.

—National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Injury and violence affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. Trauma is the #1 Cause of Death in people ages 1-44.

—National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a division of the U.S.’s Center for Disease Control.

Exposure to any form of trauma, particularly in childhood, can increase the risk of mental illness and suicide; smoking, alcohol and substance abuse; chronic diseases; and social problems such as poverty, crime, and violence.


—World Health Organization

BBTRS® can help ease signs and symptoms related to: