Resources

On Trauma

Books

Trauma and Recovery  by Judith Herman, M.D. examines the social and political history of trauma understanding in the West, and how recovery takes place.

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem examines white body supremacy in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

The Body Keeps the Score  by Bessel van der Kolk

In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine (founder of Somatic Experiencing)

Neuroception (article) by Stephen Porges

Therapeutic Somatic Modalities

Somatic Experiencing

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
TCTSY, a program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI, is an evidence-based, adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Developed in the United States, TCTSY is shared with children, youth, and adults around the world. TCTSY is equally accessible to all people regardless of age, gender, identity, race, ethnicity, body type, and physical ability.
Click here for donation-based/FREE online TCTSY classes

On Shame and Self-Compassion

Mindful self-compassion: Dr. Kristen Neff’s website has videos, practices, live group sessions, and additional resources for practicing self-compassion

Dr. Brene Brown’s work focuses on shame, vulnerability, and resilience. You can find videos, articles, a podcast, and information about her published book on her site. For starters, you might check out her popular TED talk on vulnerability.

On the Human Experience

The Liberated Body (podcast): conversations with somatic visionaries about your alive, whole, and wise self

Bliss and Grit (podcast): conversations about being on a spiritual path in the modern world

On Being (podcast)

The Transformative Power of Practice (article) by Ng’ethe Maina and Staci K. Haines

For the Wild (podcast): ecology, activism, connection with earth and non-human communities

On Bodywork and Massage Therapy

Body Sense: a free digital magazine published by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, offers articles and tips for clients from the massage therapy and bodywork realm.

What to Expect (brochure) answers frequently-asked questions for new clients about what to expect during a massage or bodywork session.