Have you heard of ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experience study?

In the mid 1980’s, Dr  Vincent Felitti, a MD at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Preventative Medicine, ran a preventative program for obese patients to lose weight through a non – surgical support program.  Even though the program was hugely successful, a large number of patients started to drop out of the program. He decided to investigate further and after interviewing the patients, they disclosed to him their traumatic childhood, often involving abuse.  The over-eating was not the problem, it was an attempt to solve a problem.  A solution to soothe the anxiety, fear and depression and to protect them from further pain.

The Kaiser Permanente Department of Preventative Medicine and CDC ran a program to further investigate and understand how childhood experiences might affect adult health. It involved over 17000 patients.

A questionnaire was conceptualized and designed to include 10 types of adversity, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) probing childhood and pubescent histories.  These included:

Emotional and Physical stressors – a parent/caregiver making a child feel unsafe, shamed, humiliated, insulted, critised, physically hit, slapped, pushed, inappropriately being touched, sexual advances or penetration;

Feelings of isolation and not supported by the family, disconnection, family not providing protection, neglect including lack of shelter and food, no medical care;

Loss of a parent due to separation/divorce/death, witnessing parent being physically abused, parent suffering with alcoholism, drug addition, depression or any other mental problem, parent being suicidal, family member in prison

The ACE study was born! The findings exceeded everyone’s expectations.  There was now a correlation between having a difficult childhood and facing an illness as adult.

“It was the missing piece as to what was causing much of our unspoken sufferings as human beings. Time does not heal all wounds. One does not just get over something – not even 50 years later.  Time conceals. And human beings convert traumatic emotional experiences in childhood into organic disease later in life”

The ACEs is now used across the globe from the World Health Organisation to various other medical organisations to help screen for emotional distress and trauma.

What makes your alarm sensitive? What are your stressors and triggers? Can we heal our own trauma?  Our bodies and mind have the ability to heal, repair and evolve with resilience and strength. Our inner wisdom to overcome adversity is within us all.  It is through the process of Tre – Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises, that can slowly discharge the hidden stories in our Pandora’s box and allow us to move on with grace and ease to a wholesome and connected life that we are blessed with.

View on Youtube –  Dr Felitti – https://youtu.be/-ns8ko9-ljU

A New Year ….

Wishing everyone an Inspirational and Prosperous 2019! I am back with  new revitalised energy and insights. I have so much gratitude for the deep work I experienced last year. And to all of you that continue with your deep commitment to grow and heal, I am grateful that I can be a part of your ongoing journey.

If you would like to share your success story of any healing sessions with me on my website ,please email me directly so I can post on there.

As most of you are aware that I will no longer be doing Fascia body work. I continue to do BodyTalk, Tre, Family Constellation Therapy and have started to introduce Quantum Energy Coaching (QEC) which is a wonderful empowering tool that supports all the other modalities I do. I will be adding further information on my website in due course but in the meantime you can go to www.qecliving.com

I will also be reviewing my prices and will post it on my website soonest.  The price increase will be applicable from 1 February 2019.

November 2018 Newsletter

 

It’s been a whirlwind of a year and the end is closing in very quickly.  Even the  Christmas decoration are out in the stores and Boney M’s Christmas tunes are playing again.

It has been an extra ordinary year with lots of learnings and  deep personal growth.

As most of you know, that earlier this year I had an accident that lacerated my wedding finger and a traumatic hospitalisation. Life has its magical ways of sending us messages that we choose not to listen to. The quote from the spiritual teacher Almas says the following:

“All difficulties were designed by ourselves that love us so much, it will create extra difficulties for us, if we don’t get the message” And mine was my accident. In the process of my healing which included lots of emotional expression, memories surfacing  and relationship challenges. As I am overcoming this healing crisis, so the range of movement  and sensation returns in my finger. A miracle!!

I am so grateful to my colleges and the support from various modalities ,that have seen me grow this experience. It has been a time of deep searching , reflection and healing.  I have a much deeper respect for my body’s healing capacity and now can really listen to my body’s needs that get voiced on every single level.

I want to thank everyone of you for your continued support this year and being witness to all your amazing processes and growth.  Every session I have with you, opens my eyes and heart to a deeper level of gratitude. Wishing you all a wonderful festive season with families and loved ones.

My practice will be closing from 14 December 2018 and re-opening on the 14th January.

In Much Gratitude

Emma

 

Yoga & Tre Workshops in August/September 2018

Integrating Yoga & TRE with Nina & Emma

Join Yoga teacher Nina Saacks and Integrated Health Practitioner Emma Williams as they guide you through a 4 week course where you access & release deep seated tension, emotional blockages and mental tension

Who is this course for?

*Those looking to find out more about TRE

*Beginners and experienced Yoga Practitioners

*Those looking for a deep and meaningful inner shift and experience

Where – 14 Dalmore Road, Tokai

Workshop 2 – 27 August, 3, 10, 17 September 2018 | 

Monday 9am to 11am

Investment R1200.00

One Day workshop Saturday  25 August 2018

9am – 11am

Investment R300.00

For more information contact Emma – willa@iafrica.com

Limited to 5 persons per workshop

Emma’s Early Spring Clean

Its been a while since I have posted anything on my blog but have lots to share and exciting changes within myself and also my work.

At the beginning of the month of May, I had an accident which has temporarily given me limited movement in my left hand. While I am working on healing it,  I have decided that I am no longer going to offer Fascia Release Therapy or Muscle Activation work.

I attended a workshop of Quantum Energy coaching with Dr Melanie Salmon, which I have experienced in the past year while working on myself.  I am now excited to share with you that I am now qualified to with work with my clients which I will be offering from the 1 June 2018.

QEC was developed over many years by Dr Melanie Salmon using techniques from her medical practice, Gestalt Pscyhotherapy, Epigenetics, Cardio-Coherence, Quantum Physics, Neurology and Neuroscience.

QEC aims to change self limiting beliefs at a subconscious level.  Positive and affirming beliefs are installed into the subconscious mind using an optimal brain wave state that is receptive to learning.  New positive beliefs replace the old limiting ones, immediately and permanently.  The process is easy and effortless.

Further information can be found on http://qecliving.com/

Looking forward to sharing this wonderful new tool with all of you.

Warm Regards

Emma

Yoga & TRE Workshops

Integrating Yoga & TRE with Nina & Emma

Join Yoga teacher Nina Saacks and Integrated Health Practitioner Emma Williams as they guide you through a 4 week course where you access & release deep seated tension, emotional blockages and mental tension

Who is this course for?

*Those looking to find out more about TRE

*Beginners and experienced Yoga Practitioners

*Those looking for a deep and meaningful inner shift and experience

Where – 14 Dalmore Road, Tokai

Workshop 2 – 27 August, 3, 10, 17 September 2018 | 

Monday 9am to 11am

Investment R1200.00

One Day workshop Saturday  25 August 2018

9am – 11am

Investment R300.00

For more information contact Emma – willa@iafrica.com

Limited to 5 persons

Emma is now an Advanced Tre Provider

Almost half way through 2017  and it has been such a busy and big year.

I am now an Advanced Tre® Provider. This means that we have  once a month check ins with our supervisors where we explore our personal and work practice. In this practice, we explore our own traumas and deep seated tensions.  It’s vital that we continue doing  this exploration.  If cant access our darkness , how can our clients?  We also explore all the latest research and insights in working with TRE®.

Earlier on this year, I enrolled with Dr Melanie Salmon for a The Gestalt Skills Counselling, as part of my ongoing commitment to my clients and myself. It has been an intensive and deeply rewarding experience.  I have been able to access parts of myself that I didn’t think possible. Gestalt differs from most other talk therapies. Gestalt is a here-and-now therapy, meaning that the  focus on what is happening in each present moment of contact. The aim of Gestalt therapy is to fully accept, without judgement, the client as he /she is. To be heard, seen and have a voice is a powerful healing tool.  I have started to integrate this therapy in my BodyTalk, Family Constellation Therapy and Tre® sessions.

Warm Regards

Emma

Tre from the wheelchair – A Courageous Story

On the 15th of November 2010 I was thrown from a horse and broke my back leaving me paralysed from the waist down and classified as a T12 complete paraplegic. I had surgery two days later to stabilise the fracture which meant fusing my spine with titanium rods and screws along 5 vertebrae.
After two weeks in intensive care I was transferred to UCT academic hospital to start the two month ‘rehab’ process. The ‘rehab’ process involved telling me there was no hope of my ever walking again and learning to live in a wheelchair. The whole experience was awful, with staff treating me as though this was an everyday occurrence (which obviously for them it was) and not the life changing devastating situation I now found myself in. I ended up counselling the councilor as she was going in for a hysterectomy.
I took every drug they prescribed, watched every scary mongering video and did every exercise to get out of the hospital. My ‘rehab’ started at home, using yoga, breathing exercises I managed to wean myself off the drugs and rebuild some strength and my sense of self. Using the Winks Greene machine I managed to keep nerves and muscles alive and skin condition in good shape.
I started TRE with Emma Williams about 8 weeks ago and have found more progress in the last four weeks than in the last 5 years. At first I really struggled to get a small tremor using mostly the upper body and tensing to the point of getting spasms in my back stomach and neck and shoulders. We experimented and worked together to find new ways to induce the tension needed in the body. By session 8 all I need to do is pelvic tilt gently, pull my belly button in, pull up the pelvic floor and release tension in which every muscle seems to be straining (AND BREATHE) and be patient. I now experience a full body tremor, mostly moving into my upper body where the injury is. It’s been an emotional roller coaster letting go of trauma and locked down emotions accumulated over the last 5 years. I have experienced, vulnerability, irritability, bouts of unexplained tears and outburst of anger.
The changes are profound after 8 sessions. I have gone from my lower half of my body not being part of me, to an increase in pins and needles in my legs and awareness of the shape of my buttocks and upper thighs. I am able to move my hip flexors for the first time in 5 years!
Michelle