COMPANION

Trauma

This entry covers trauma, traumatic injury, and grief.

Articles

  • ‘Grief’ by Vivien Schapera; on bereavement, grief resulting from a death, and how it affected her use.[1]
  • ‘Effects of childhood trauma’ by Rachel Mausner with Jano Cohen argues that Alexander lessons may awaken suppressed trauma memories, because it releases tension; it explains the different levels of reactions to trauma: dissociation, psychogenic amnesia, post-traumatic stress disorder.[2]
  • ‘From the known to the unknown – Using the Technique at ground zero’ by Kim Jessor; on volunteering and giving lessons to survivors of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.[3] (See also Rescue at Engine 32 by Jessica Locke book below.)
  • ‘The Alexander Technique and traumatic injury’ by Kathryn Zimmerman discusses a case history with a pupil who had injuries from three car accidents in quick succession.[4]
  • ‘The Alexander Technique and traumatic injury’ by Kathryn Zimmerman; on two case histories; 1. domestic abuse, and 2. trauma and pain following invasive surgery.[5]
  • ‘Creating new neurological pathways to find freedom from post traumatic stress disorder’ by Mary Gallagher; on using the Technique to create new neural pathways which would not trigger PTSD.[6]
  • ‘Working with emotional trauma through the Alexander Technique’ by Melissa Matson reports on a workshop inspired by the Technique and Hakomi, a body centered psychotherapy.[7]
  • ‘Teaching to trauma’ by Katherine H. Breen argues for two hypotheses: 1. that severe trauma causes what she calls the ‘terror trauma response’ which has some observable physical characteristics; 2. that for some people the tongue and hyoid may stay chronically elevated after the traumatic event, and that adversely affects the head–neck–back relationship.[8]
  • ‘Mindful recovery practices’ by Becca Ferguson reports on three teachers using the Technique to deal with their physical and neuropsychological conditions (ASD, PTSD and ADHD), and on the author’s own Alexander Technique-based ‘mindful recovery practices’ developed for those wishing to recover from addiction and co-occurring disorders such as trauma, anxiety and eating disorders.[9]

Children

  • ‘A new kind of normal – Understanding the trauma within childhood disorders’ by Michele Arsenault; on search of the root causes of the challenging behaviours and poor-use postures of children diagnosed with a host of neuro-biological disorders (Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PTSD, etc.), and on teaching children with these disorders.[10]

Books

  • Rescue at Engine 32 by Jessica Locke is a very personal story of teaching the Alexander Technique to a group of firemen following the 9/11 attack in New York City, and how the firefighters help to heal the author’s own traumatic past.[11]

See also Stress, Pain, Psychology.

References

[1] ‘Grief’ by Vivien Schapera in Curiosity Recaptured edited by Jerry Sontag (Mornum Time Press, 1996), pp. 181–93.
[2] ‘Effects of childhood trauma’ by Rachel Mausner with Jano Cohen in Direction vol. 2, no. 5 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 1997), pp. 29–32.
[3] ‘From the known to the unknown – Using the Technique at ground zero’ by Kim Jessor in AmSAT News issue no. 57 (Fall 2002), pp. 28–29.
[4] ‘The Alexander Technique and traumatic injury’ by Kathryn Zimmerman in AmSAT News issue no. 59 (Spring 2003), pp. 14–15. Also in The Alexander Journal no. 19 edited by Francsca Greenoak (STAT, 2003), pp. 40–41.
[5] ‘The Alexander Technique and traumatic injury’ by Kathryn Zimmerman in The Alexander Journal no. 20 edited by Francsca Greenoak (STAT, 2003), pp. 13–16.
[6] ‘Creating new neurological pathways to find freedom from post traumatic stress disorder’ by Mary Gallagher in Direction vol. 3, no. 4 edited by Paul Cook (Direction Journal, 2005), pp. 27–29.
[7] ‘Working with emotional trauma through the Alexander Technique’ by Melissa Matson in The Congress Papers 2011, Learning from Each Other edited by Siriol Jones, (STAT Books, 2012), pp. 275–77.
[8] ‘Teaching to trauma’ by Katherine H. Breen in The Congress Papers 2015, Empowering Humanity, Inspiring Science edited by Rachel Gering-Hasthorpe (STAT Books, 2016), pp. 242–50.
[9] ‘Mindful recovery practices’ by Becca Ferguson in The Congress Papers 2015, Empowering Humanity, Inspiring Science edited by Rachel Gering-Hasthorpe (STAT Books, 2016), pp. 268–74.
[10] ‘A new kind of normal – Understanding the trauma within childhood disorders’ by Michele Arsenault in Direction vol. 3, no. 8 edited by Paul Cook (Direction Journal, 2010), pp. 33–38.
[11] Rescue at Engine 32 by Jessica Locke (Author, 2007).