Why Veterans Need Bodywork
First, let’s define “BodyWork”.
Wikipedia definition: “In alternative medicine, bodywork is any therapeutic or personal manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine.”
Basically, it is a hands-on approach using a variety of techniques to help the body release underlying causes of tension, patterns, misalignments, and blocks which restores the balance of who we are physically, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically.
Who we are as humans:
We are Spirits/Souls in the container of the physical body, which gives us form. We are not our Body. We have a Mind, like a computer, to help us navigate through our world. But, we are not our Mind. Yet, the majority of people exist only in their mind. Hence, we can’t shut off our minds. Our Bodies are made up of over 100 trillion cells which have infinite intelligence with infinite functions for daily life including repair, regeneration, and healing. We are Energy. Every cell in our body has an electromagnetic field around it which causes our bodies have an energy field around it. We have hearts to love, be loved and especially to guide us with our greater sense of self. Our hearts offer us connection to family, friends, nature, community and God.
What we hold in our Bodies:
From the time we are born, and even in utero, we begin to “learn” and hold our experiences: good and not so good. These include physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma and stress from our relationships and our environment. We are sensory beings with the 5 senses taking in all the information and registering this data into our bodies. Some of this information passes through us while some gets stuck in our bodies, brains, nervous systems, consciousness, and energy fields. This is the beginning of pain, stress, dysfunction, disease, depression, anxiety and, even, cancer.
Energy of War:
The Energy of War is an accumulation of experiences from the minute the soldier steps off the plane into a country with conflict. From being hit with a wall of heat to the sounds, smells, anticipation, to the pressures of the job, the military unit planning and implementing a mission to gunfights, explosions and more. Carrying 40lb rucksacks, weapons, and rounds of ammunition through foreign terrain with ongoing threat to their life on limited sleep, and worry or stress of what is going on at home. Add to this, actual physical injury with repeated jumps out of airplanes, riding in a tank or vehicle and hit with a bomb blast or other infinite possibilities of injury. Now add to this, watching a buddy get killed or having to kill another human being. Everyday.
The soldiers nervous system never rests. The soldiers bodies register all this through their sensory system, consciously, unconsciously and subconsciously, while doing their jobs. As soldiers, you stayed focused on the mission; trained to “suck it up and drive on.”
Thatis the training. They are soldiers.
Holistic perspective of PTSD:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not in the mind, but in the Mind, Body, Spirit and Energy Field. It effects the entire body and all its systems, including the brain, psyche, heart, soul, nervous system, subconscious and unconscious aspects of who we are. This disease generates different symptoms, mostly invisible to outsiders, but painfully felt by soldiers and their families. PTSD is the underlying cause of Suicide in the Military. Sadly, the U.S. is experiencing 22 Veteran suicides, every day, because they can no longer manage or tolerate the ongoing stress of PTSD or want to live with the overwhelming lifechanging symptoms of PTSD.
Medication, counseling, mindfulness training and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are important in a multi-discipline approach to healing and resilence, but have limited effect on the Body, Subconscious, Unconscious Mind, Spirit or the Energy Field directly. Holistic BodyWork and Energy Medicine compliment the other disciplines essential for direct effect for healing, restoration and resilience.
Why BodyWork and Energy Medicine works:
BodyWork and Energy Medicine helps to release these many layers of experiences and the energy of war so the soldier can feel again, remember who they are, and restore their soul. Integrating BodyWork and Energy Balancing Therapies helps facilitate healing the body which knows how to rebalance, repair, regenerate and heal – to clear the underlying cause. I like to describe it as “cleaning house”. Clearing the energies of physical stress, emotions, the energy of war, distress, despair, sorrow and grief helps them reconnect to their soul and who they are and return to new life. They may not be the same person before the war, because of their training and experiences, but they will not carry the horrific pain in their hearts, souls, minds and body – they can feel free.
Reconnecting with your authentic self:
Remembering who you are at your core is part of the healing process. Remembering your heart, what is important to you and your values. But also, that you are soldiers with training, strength, courage, bravery, integrity, duty, honor, selfless service and caring of each other and community. Being a soldier is now a part of who you are. Having so much experience, positive and extremely difficult, to draw from to heal, restore and rebuild resilience. PTSD is often tormenting, numbs you, causing you to isolate and blocks you from being yourself, making you feel you have lost yourself. With a holistic approach and especially bodywork and energy balancing, you can feel good again, feel safe and become freed to remember all of who you are sensing your authentic self.
This is why we all need BodyWork, but especially our soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Deborah Stegmaier, Founder of Well-Being for Warriors, Inc.
is a holistic Physical Therapist practicing Integrative Manual Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Medicine, Mind-Body Centered Therapy, EFT (Tapping), SomatoEmotional Release, Energy Psychology and Spirituality. She graduated from the University of Connecticut and served active duty and reserves in the U.S. Army as a physical therapist.
After many years using traditional therapy, and suffering from chronic pain herself, she realized there was more to the healing process and began her own personal healing journey. She studied Manual Therapy, Energy Medicine, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Spirituality, Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology and EFT (Tapping). She taught Integrative Manual Therapy courses throughout the U.S. and Canada and has helped thousands of people heal and grow to enjoy life’s fullness and opportunity.
Deborah specializes in revealing and treating the underlying cause of symptoms to restore wellness and balance on all levels of being human. Her mission is now bringing her 37 years of experience with her passion to help the Veterans heal and restore Mind, Body and Soul with their true level of well-being; to help develop the peaceful warrior so they can feel good within their family and community and pass it on to the next person, making this world a more joyful and peaceful daily experience.
Deborah founded Well-Being for Warriors, Inc, a non-profit organization, which provides a free holistic and energy medicine program to Veterans’ who have been deployed to war environments and have been diagnosed with PTSD, mTBI, MST and chronic pain. For more information, contact Deborah at 860-930-6381 or email Deborah@Well-beingforWarriors.org. Please like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.