The Body Remembers : The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, Hardback Book

The Body Remembers : The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment Hardback

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This book illuminates that physiology, shining a bright light on the impact of trauma on the body and the phenomenon of somatic memory. It is now thought that people who have been traumatized hold an implicit memory of traumatic events in their brains and bodies.

That memory is often expressed in the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder-nightmares, flashbacks, startle responses, and dissociative behaviors.

In essence, the body of the traumatized individual refuses to be ignored. While reducing the chasm between scientific theory and clinical practice and bridging the gap between talk therapy and body therapy, Rothschild presents principles and non-touch techniques for giving the body its due.

With an eye to its relevance for clinicians, she consolidates current knowledge about the psychobiology of the stress response both in normally challenging situations and during extreme and prolonged trauma.

This gives clinicians from all disciplines a foundation for speculating about the origins of their clients' symptoms and incorporating regard for the body into their practice.

The somatic techniques are chosen with an eye to making trauma therapy safer while increasing mind-body integration. Packed with engaging case studies, The Body Remembers integrates body and mind in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.

It will appeal to clinicians, researchers, students, and general readers.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Physiology
  • ISBN: 9780393703276



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A very accessible and comprehensive review of the body-psychology of trauma.

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I 've just read a few chapters and already I've felt much more resourceful in my practice . this book has inspired me with simple and profound techniques and principles which are soundly rooted in theory, and tried and tested. They will fit best into a focusing or process- experiential approach to person centred work, as they require some process direction by therapist. yet firmly rooted in clients own bodily experiencing process and deeply empowering.