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Trauma-Aware Bodywork & Maya Abdominal Therapy

Take up space in your body.

Living with chronic conditions can bring a whirlwind of challenges. Give yourself a chance to breathe with this core-centered approach to healing.

Chronic health conditions interfere with your best-laid plans. They may create obstacles to physical and mental health by affecting things such as your ability to cook, your energy levels for exercise, or your capacity to enjoy an evening out. While it often feels confusing and frustrating, it is possible to restore a sense of relief within your body and agency over your life.

Trauma-Aware Bodywork is a type of medical massage that offers a gentle and holistic approach to managing chronic pain. Customized for your needs, the treatment draws on principles of Maya Abdominal Therapy, trigger point therapy, energy work, and neuromuscular therapy to reduce pain and support the optimal function of all body systems.

Self-care activities are also an essential part of your practice, enabling you to access your inner resources where you need them most: out in the day-to-day world with all its pitfalls. This approach helps you achieve a notable improvement in your everyday experience of your body.

What We Treat

Trauma-Aware Bodywork & Maya Abdominal Therapy can have a positive impact on a wide range of conditions and symptoms:

• Headaches and migraines
• Jaw pain/TMJ dysfunction
• Fibromyalgia
• Hormonal imbalances
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Crohn’s disease
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Painful or irregular menses
• Abdominal scar tissue or adhesions
• Uterine fibroids
• Endometriosis
• Fertility concerns
• Low back pain
• Sciatica

In addition to relieving physical symptoms, this treatment supports your sense of peace and comfort in your body as you heal emotional trauma.

What to Expect

Each Trauma-Aware Bodywork session is a combination of self-care coaching, medical massage, and holistic bodywork. The intentions are threefold:

• Restore physiological balance to areas of soft tissue restriction and pain
• Notice the physical sensations connected with any emotions that arise
• Practice mindful self-care in moments of stress or pain to help break the cycle

Each treatment plan focuses on your current goals for your health or well-being. The initial treatment plan lasts from 30 to 90 days and is designed to help you achieve an increased ability to function and to enjoy life on your own terms.

Trauma, both physical and emotional, has a profound effect on our physiology. When receiving physical touch, past traumas--even those not consciously remembered--can arise in surprising ways. Trauma-Aware Bodywork is designed with some common concerns and challenges in mind.

1. You have the option to remain clothed.
Bodywork can be deeply restorative for trauma survivors, but having to undress for it can be a barrier to treatment. You have the option to remain fully clothed for the session, and your comfort and privacy is assured regardless of your choice.

2. We practice consent-based communication.
The intensity and pace of each treatment is directed by you. Your consent is verbally requested throughout the session, and we’ll make sure you’re comfortable with verbal and non-verbal ways to withdraw consent when needed.

3. You control how much of your story you share.
You are welcome to talk about your past experiences if you find it helpful, but you are also welcome to receive your treatment without sharing those details. It isn’t necessary to tell stories from the past to experience positive change in the present.

Maya Abdominal Therapy in Beachwood, OH

The nervous system serves as a control center for all other body systems, and its settings are constantly adjusted in response to physical and emotional sensations. The gut-brain connection is a vital player in this process.

Often called the “second brain”, the enteric nervous system is an extensive neural network on par with that of the brain itself. The vagus nerve--the longest cranial nerve in the body--supplies the digestive system and vital organs. Research shows that about 90% of the vagus nerve’s fibers are for sending information to the brain, not receiving it.

In other words, the gut has a significant and undeniable influence on our brain. It affects how the brain governs the body’s physiological processes, including those involved in mental and emotional health.

This is why the abdomen and the breath are central to this work. If you rest your hands on your belly, you have a powerful access door to your body’s inner physician right at your fingertips.

Trauma-Aware Bodywork & Maya Abdominal Therapy trains your nervous system to a new state of balance. Through self-care coaching, abdominal massage, and holistic bodywork performed at your pace, the door opens to positive change in a wide variety of symptoms.