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Body, Breath and Movement in Trauma:
A Somatic-Mindfulness Trauma Training






About the Training


This focused training will highlight the somatic tools needed in working with trauma clients. Each of the 5 weekends has a different somatic emphasis in which we will understand trauma and gain specific skill-sets. The training is designed to teach Hakomi Practioners the added tools to recognize and work with trauma states in their clients and resource themselves in the work.

We will understand how breath and movement and postures are different in activated states in the body. We will learn how to intervene and regulate the client to manageable and safe state towards mindfulness. We will draw from current views on how trauma is understood at this time in Psychology field combined with the somatic understanding from Hakomi and Somatically based trauma resolutions techniques.

The Somatic views presented are based on seeing the body as a fluid and abundant system that has great capacity for changing the cellular and somatic memories of traumatic imprinting. The principles of somatic resourcing are throughout these weekends, we will learn techniques and skills through our own experiential learning as well as practice. This training is a hands-on training and requires a willingness to be in somatic practice and periods of mindfulness. Each weekend is grounded in practice as well as didactic presentations and experiential learning and discussion.

This training draws on Manuela’s studies and work for the past 20 years in the field trauma/ somatic psychology and mindfulness meditation. This trauma training acknowledges the influences from: Hakomi method, Continuum Movement, Somatic Experiencing, Babette Rothschild Trauma work, Sensorymotor Psychotherapy, Bruce Perry, Embodied Meditation (Reggie Ray) practices, Attachment Theory. and Dance Therapy. She has experience with a wide variety of trauma clients ranging from Relational traumas, shock and developmental traumas, victims of political torture, Traumatized young children and adults in her clinical practice. She leads trauma trainings in Germany and Israel


Week 1 - Arousal and Regulation
This weekend lays the foundation of understanding the basic view from which we can see trauma in our clients. The trauma trance can be compelling lenses to see the client through underestimating the subtle and present strengths and resources the client inherently possesses. We will learn how the somatic field views arousal theory and apply tracking skills to see subtle states of arousal. We will train how to assess for levels of activation and how to intervene, redirect and modulate these arousal states.

  • The view of trauma-assumptions and shadows
  • Arousal Theory
  • Tracking Trauma States
  • Regulation view and interventions
  • The trauma client in relationship and community, resourcing the base of life

Week 2 - Breath
Breath is vital in tracking and utilizing somatic work. We use breath to understand where the client is at to assess correctly their inner states.  We can somatically emphasize as well as redirect the dysfunctional patterns into a more healthy flow in the body. We will utilize techniques from Continuum movement, yoga and somatic therapies to become sophisticated in applying breath interventions that truly fit the unique experience of the client.

  • Differentiating developmental/attachment vs. shock trauma
  • Different Kinds of trauma
  • Somatic Resourcing in breath
  • Breath techniques
  • Tracking breath rhythms and patterns
  • Facilitate Breath interventions

Week 3 - Movement and Sensation
The body is moving at all times, and trauma is a perceived experience of frozenness of the body. Sensations of fear overwhelm and truncate moving possibilities. We will explore the ranges of movement interventions from the subtle to the gross level to facilitate the “moving through” of fear in a safe way.

  • The range of movement interventions and options
  • Intrinsic movements and the freeze response
  • Reading the moving body
  • Movement repertoires

Week 4 - Mindfulness States
Mindfulness can be the antidote for dissociates states, yet in trauma mindfulness can’t be easily accessed. We will study how dissociation shows up in the body, such as body cues and how to skillfully bring mindfulness into an embodied experience. We will also practice mindfulness as a way to find our own pathways to deeper resources in the body mind.

  • Mindfulness and the brain
  • Understanding and tracking dissociative states in the body
  • Mindfulness with trauma client
  • Embodied mindfulness skills
  • Resourcing the mindful therapist

Week 5 - Addiction, Triggers and Relationship
Addictive behaviors are expressions of unmanaged emotions, sensations in the body. The overwhelmed client reached for solutions only to feed the cycle of suffering and pain. We will look at what addiction means to the client, how to mindfully intervene the cycle.  We will reference the impact of trauma on the quality relationships.

  • Cycle of addictions
  • Understanding addiction through the trauma lenses
  • Becoming intimate with suffering
  • Relational Impact of trauma
  • Identifying triggers
  • Integration/Homework


For More Information
Please contact:
Hakomi Institute of California, 415 839-6788 contact@HakomiCA.org
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA,  MFT, Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Somatic psychotherapist and Continuum™ Movement Teacher. Manuela leads professional trainings & workshops in the U.S., Australia and Germany. An adjunct professor at JFK University, and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology she teaches mental health professionals Somatic approaches to Trauma and Attachment, and infant mental health. Manuela has specialized in her Hakomi approach to working with trauma clients and has counseled victims of trauma and survivors of political oppression and torture. A longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, Manuela incorporates Buddhist psychology into her work. She maintains a private practice with individuals, couples, families and young children and groups and consults to professionals.