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The Tao of Trauma

A Practitioner's Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
 | 
January, 2019
ISBN:
9781623172220
In stock now: 
3
$28.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This pioneering book explains trauma using a combination of the Five Elements (from Traditional Chinese Medicine) and a touch perspective; for practitioners of a variety of modalities, including acupuncturists, somatic therapists, massage therapists, and mental health providers.

Experts in Eastern and Western trauma physiology, clinician-educators Alaine Duncan and Kathy Kain combine their expertise to introduce a new map for acupuncturists, medical practitioners, mental health providers, and other body-oriented clinicians to help restore balance in their patients. Using concepts from acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, alongside Western bio-behavioral science's description of the threat response, they describe common physical symptoms, emotional presentations, and routes for healing of five survivor “types.” It also includes specific information about using touch with the different survivor types. This ancient/modern integrative lens illuminates the diverse manifestations of traumatic stress in its survivors—chronic pain, autoimmune illness, insomnia, metabolic problems, and mental health disorders—and brings new hope to survivors of trauma and those who treat them.

“In bringing together the Five Elements theory from Acupunture and Asian Medicine, along with a somatically based understanding of trauma, this book fulfills an important role in the deep healing of trauma and stress-related disorders. The insights from this clearly written volume are tremendously important for therapists, bodyworkers, acupuncturists, physicians, and other healers. It will also help individuals better understand their perplexing symptoms and find pathways to healing.” —Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger and developer of the Somatic Experiencing model of trauma healing

“The Tao of Trauma gives us precise language to help us understand trauma in a new way. It presents a fresh frame for perceiving what trauma is and suggests wise responses for healing trauma. Therefore, this book is highly valuable for therapists and acupuncturists, as well as for all practitioners who encounter trauma in their clients. Moreover, if you have struggled with PTSD or other forms of trauma, you will find this book to be illuminating and useful for your self-directed healing.”
—Phillip Moffitt, author of Emotional Chaos to Clarity

Publisher’s Description: 

Explains trauma using a combination of the Five Elements (from Traditional Chinese Medicine) and a touch perspective; for practitioners of a variety of modalities, including acupuncturists, somatic therapists, massage therapists, and mental health providers.

Experts in Eastern and Western trauma physiology, clinician-educators Alaine Duncan and Kathy Kain combine their expertise to introduce a new map for acupuncturists, medical practitioners, mental health providers, and other body-oriented clinicians to help restore balance in their patients. Using concepts from acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, alongside Western bio-behavioral science's description of the threat response, they describe common physical symptoms, emotional presentations, and routes for healing of five survivor "types." It also includes specific information about using touch with the different survivor types. This ancient/modern integrative lens illuminates the diverse manifestations of traumatic stress in its survivors--chronic pain, autoimmune illness, insomnia, metabolic problems, and mental health disorders--and brings new hope to survivors of trauma and those who treat them.

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