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The trauma-informed approach to movement focuses on somatic exploration, learning to listen to your own body and its moment-to-moment sensations, and encouraging appropriate and healing responses.  A healing response is as unique as the individual choosing it and as such, trauma-informed practices promote self-empowerment through offering lots of options and choice.  There is an emphasis on normalizing the range of emotions, needs and actions of each individual, recognizing that mindful and healing movement practices cannot be one-size-fits-all.  Because trauma responses are often referred to "being stuck in the past", or a "dis-ease of time", and because the physiological responses of PTSD are very real and happen in real time, there is a consistent focus on being in the present moment and consciously noticing the breath to re-regulate the nervous system and hold space for what may arise and then dissipate.  The goal of trauma-informed practice is to promote safety and healing, and to avoid re-traumatization.  For more information about trauma-informed movement practices please visit

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