Why The Discipline of Pleasure is a Dojo, Not a Medical Practice, part 2

When it comes to trauma transformation, there are many key differences between a medical practice and a dojo. In this series, I elaborate these differences. In the process, I demonstrate that if we want to transform our situation with regard … Continue reading →

Why I Gave Up My Chiropractic License for 2016

Sound bite: “Professionalism” as we know it is largely incompatible with trauma transformation.  In fact, “professionalism” as we know it causes trauma. I worked hard to earn my chiropractic degree.  I worked hard to integrate the knowledge chiropractic school gave … Continue reading →

Why The Discipline of Pleasure is a Dojo, Not a Medical Practice, part 1

When it comes to trauma transformation, there are many key differences between a medical practice and a dojo. In this series, I elaborate these differences. In the process, I demonstrate that if we want to transform our situation with regard … Continue reading →

Changing the Way You Move is Key to Transforming Trauma, Part 2

Sound bite: Awareness Through Movement is a more profound, elegant, and effective technology for transforming trauma than almost any other form of movement. So why aren’t Awareness Through Movement classes packed?  Why is yoga asana so frequently found on the … Continue reading →

The Limitations of Mindfulness Meditation as a Trauma Transforming Technology, Part 2

Sound bite: It’s not an accident that mindfulness meditation is so often privileged as a “holistic” trauma healing technology within the medical/insurance industry.  This institutional privileging of mindfulness meditation is, in and of itself, traumatogenic. If the limitations of mindfulness … Continue reading →

The Limitations of “Mindfulness Meditation” as a Trauma Transforming Technology, Part 1

Sound bite: mindfulness meditation is fundamentally solitary and passive.  Transforming trauma requires active, relational engagement with our habits of moving, perceiving, feeling, thinking and acting. This series is another approximation of the theme I first explored in my piece The … Continue reading →

Why Awareness Through Movement Can Be Scary If You’re A Trauma Survivor (and why you should do it anyway)

Psychic Surgeon General’s Warning:  Awareness Through Movement can trigger annihilation panic! What is annihilation panic?  According to famed trauma clinician and researcher Judith Herman. M.D., it is an “intolerable” state to which those subject to chronic trauma in early life … Continue reading →

Changing the Way You Move Is the Key to Transforming Trauma, Part 1

Sound bite: If you’re a trauma survivor and you want life to be better, just changing your talk won’t do it.  You’re also going to need to change the way you walk, literally. I’ve said it before.  I’ll surely say … Continue reading →