Sex Trauma PTSD Relief Workshop, May 19, 2 to 6 pm
Scholarships available. No one will be turned away from lack of funds - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
5 hours towards 300-hour Art of Yoga: Therapeutic Essentials with completed homework assignment.
Beings of all sexes and all genders have experienced sex-related trauma. This group is open to ALL individuals seeking healing. Sex-related trauma can occur in non-sexual experiences, and frequently occurs in non-violent and consensual sexual experiences. Sometimes experiences are not regarded as traumatic in nature, though emotions, thought patterns and behaviors were impacted, and continue to be.
This support workshop is focused on education of trauma physiology, safe embodiment practices, self-expression and community support for halting reverberations of sex-related trauma and echoes of sexual misconduct.
There is NO wrong way to cope with the immediate or long-term after effects of sexual trauma.
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress may include:
• Improper self-care (i.e. improper diet, improper rest, negative thinking, etc.).
• Loss of employment as a result of uncontrollable PTSD symptoms.
• Illness and bed rest for days, weeks or months.
• Dissociation: symptoms may include mild detachment from immediate surroundings to more severe .detachment from physical and internal experiences.
• Flashbacks or intrusions of traumatic events in memory and somatization.
• Psycho-somatization of unintegrated trauma; causing bodily disharmony, stress or disease.
• Fetishizing of sexual relationships / objectification of self and others.
• Use of or dependency on mind-altering substances.
• Imbalanced focus on body weight and appearance.
• Improper relationship with food – over and under eating to control internal sensations
• Symptoms are many. The list goes on.
Some tools you can walk away with:
• Awareness of emotional/behavioral reverberations from the traumatic event which may be playing out in experiential cycles.
• A road-map for breaking free from false beliefs surrounding traumatic events.
• A strengthened ability to communicate Your Truth “in the moment”.
• A Remembering of your true nature as a purified, divine canvas – not identified as man or woman, or any associated expectations and beliefs thereof. Recognition of yourself as the Essence of Eternal Truth.
• Everyone leaves with a packet of information and self-healing techniques.
Integrating sexually traumatic experiences is an ongoing practice. Do not feel guilty if you can’t just "get over it." Rebuilding feelings of safety, trust, divinity and self-worth requires patience and unending self-compassion.
For best results, allocate the remainder of this day for recovery time. You will require proper self-care and a night of proper rest and good sleep. If possible, plan for an evening of private self-time and self-care following the support group, or if you live with family, roommates or a partner, advise your housemates that you will require seclusion time for the remainder of the evening. If a partner is available to support you following the workshop, this may be an appropriate arrangement (best to refrain from sexual encounters this evening).
Self-care ideas include sense therapies: warm bath, neti, oil-pulling, application of facial mask, lighting incense and candles, sage, playing mantra, taking an evening meal that is appropriate for your health and healing, warm liquids, journaling (the list goes on…).
If possible, maintain a Sattvic mindset by grounding the qualities of Vata and avoiding Rajasic influence for the rest of the evening. Turn off social media, televisions, laptops, and cell phones – allow for an evening for full body-mind integration of support group experiences.
About Your Guide:
My name is Freidel (pronouns Them/Theirs). I am looking forward to spending time with everyone on May 19 from 2pm-6pm. I am personally in recovery from incest, ritual abuse and torture, and human trafficking. I am far enough along in my own recovery to speak openly and hold safe space for others to do the same. To learn more about me visit www.selfcare-healthcare.org or find me on facebook: www.facebook.com/compassionatekindness.