October 20, 2018
Northern United Place Auditorium
11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Wellness Resource Fair
An opportunity to meet and talk to local health and wellness practitioners about their products and services. Check back soon to see who is exhibiting and selling!
Trauma and the Body – Integrate the Past to Fully Live in the Present
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The long-lasting impacts of unresolved trauma can grip the body and wreak havoc on health, relationships, families and communities long after the experiences have ended. The body becomes stuck in a cycle of perceiving continual threats to survival and mobilizes to protect through the fight, flight or freeze response. This system works instantaneously and outside of a person’s awareness. The continual threat response requires tremendous amounts of energy to maintain, contributing to exhaustion, shut down and depression. A person living in this pattern can feel as though life is a never ending roller coaster. This can have debilitating impacts on a person’s life.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
- Anxiety, worry and chronic fear of the future
- Unexplainable physical symptoms such as IBS, Fibromyalgia, early onset arthritis, chronic pain
- Feelings of depression, low motivation and lethargy
- Thoughts of suicide
- Trouble maintaining work and other commitments
- Feeling like the world is out to get you
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Feeling stuck in patterns of pain, hurt and despair
A history of trauma also impacts attachment patterns. These patterns dictate how we bond and form interpersonal relationships with others. Connection in itself becomes a threat that triggers a push and pull cycle. Relationships become entrenched in a dance of desperately wanting contact while simultaneously experiencing the deep fear of not being loveable or good enough. A cyclone of pain, loneliness and fighting can become the norm.
There is a way through the tornado that trauma keeps a person stuck in. Learn how to create the conditions to support the movement of traumatic energy to support living in greater harmony.
This short workshop will seek to understand these cycles and the mechanisms of the brain and body that inform the memory systems that cause this. We will explore the window of tolerance and how a thriving nervous system responds to threat. Applying exercises, visualizations and regulation techniques, participants will experience methods to develop awareness of the body sensations that contribute to the cycle. This will support the possibility of resolving the stuck energies and promote the ability to live more fully in the present. We will explore:
- The memory system and how it gets us stuck
- How painful early relationships may have sabotaged our adult relationships
- Building awareness of what is happening in the body
- How to increase the ability to release pain and welcome wellness
- Living in the now, instead of being ruled by the past and worry of the future
- How to change difficult relationship cycles
- Relationships as places of strength
- Mindfulness, breath, awareness, visualization strategies
- Welcoming the mind, body, emotions and spirit back into harmony
This workshop will discuss difficult topics in a safe and non-judgemental space.
4:00 – 5:00 pm | Panel Discussion | Trauma and Healing – My Journey
Hear inspirational stories from local northerners who have experienced trauma in their life, and how they moved forward toward healing and perseverance. More information coming soon.
6:00 – 8:00 pm | Round Circle Discussion | Next Steps for Reconciliation Event 2019
Join us for a discussion on next steps for the NWT Wellness Society to hold a territorial-wide Reconciliation Event in May 2019. Many helping hands are needed for this event! More information coming soon.