Trauma & The Psoas Connection: An Interview with David Berceli

Published by Liz Koch on March 26, 2011 in Podcasts

David Berceli, Ph.D. an international expert in the area of trauma intervention and conflict resolution, defines trauma, provides steps to recovery, and explains why your psoas is part of trauma resolution. For over 30 years Dr. Berceli has lived and worked throughout the world, including Israel/Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon, providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations. He discusses his international perspective on trauma, enlightening the biological capacity for our species to respond and recover.

Dr. Berceli and Liz Koch co-authored The Bio-Reverent Psoas; a two part article focused on the importance of the Psoas for trauma recovery and the non-manipulative approaches for working with the Psoas originally published in Massage Magazine (hard full color copies of both articles ( Part 1 & Part 2) available $10 plus 5.50 USA shipping. Send check payable to Core Awareness PO Box 1226 Felton CA 95018 or request invoice.

 

Melissa
Posted on March 28th, 2011 | Permalink

Thank you for allowing this interview to freely accessible! I am a pilates instructor and this interview totally gives me some understanding and insight to the neurology of the psoas. As well, a different perspective on the fight and flight response, and our western way of life of over stimulating sympathetic nerves system. I’m gonna take a siesta! Thank you Liz and Dr. Berceli!

Caroline Petherick
Posted on April 3rd, 2011 | Permalink

Hi Liz

I joined you in Somerset in summer 2009 (I think) and I found this Track 1 really interesting, as it addressed and answered several of the thoughts I’ve had as a result of your course.
There is, though, one thing I haven’t yet heard about. This is that I can see – and oh, wonderful to learn this! – that when the trauma results in physical symptoms it’s not necessary to spend time effort and money to unearth a deep-hidden story to resolve the issue. But if said trauma results in behaviour – ie interaction with other people – that’s inappropriate, I can’t see that resolution via constructive rest could help. It would seem to me that this is when counselling or similar might be more effective.
Would you and David agree?

peggy sheldon
Posted on April 3rd, 2011 | Permalink

BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!! Can I have a copy of the Massage Magazine article please Peg xxxxxx

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Posted on October 23rd, 2011 | Permalink

[...] An interview with David Berceli by Liz Koch. “David Berceli, Ph.D. an international expert in the area of  trauma intervention and conflict resolution, defines trauma, provides steps to recovery, and explains why your psoas is part of trauma resolution”.  This fascinating interview lasts for about 50 minutes.  Definately worth taking the time to sit and listen and learn about how our bodies can stay locked in unresolved trauma for years after an event. Click here [...]

Vanessa
Posted on October 26th, 2011 | Permalink

Hello. Thank you for this post. I experienced the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand last year. I have been experiencing what I thought was a slipped disc. Now I am learning that I have been suffering from a really exhausted Psoas, due to the trauma. I am wishing to release that as I am in such pain. Do you have suggestions for how I can do this? I cannot even curl up in a foetal position. Many thanks, Vanessa.

Trauma and the Psoas connection and interview with David Berceli, Ph.D « Massage & Bowen Therapy on the Atherton Tablelands
Posted on November 13th, 2011 | Permalink

[...] An interview with David Berceli by Liz Koch. “David Berceli, Ph.D. an international expert in the area of  trauma intervention and conflict resolution, defines trauma, provides steps to recovery, and explains why your psoas is part of trauma resolution”.  This fascinating interview lasts for about 50 minutes.  Definately worth taking the time to sit and listen and learn about how our bodies can stay locked in unresolved trauma for years after an event. Click here [...]

Liz Koch
Posted on December 23rd, 2011 | Permalink

Constructive rest, warm baths with epson salts, sound therapy ( listen to the podcast with Cass Phelps) to nourish the parasympathetic is the best place to begin. I wish you speedy healing.

Tracie
Posted on July 2nd, 2012 | Permalink

I have had groin, hip and low back pain for a few years now, and most doctors/chiropractors want to do a hip replacement, but I have had a lot of trauma in my life, and I believe this to be in my psoas. How do I release this tension? I have had problems walking as well and would like to be out of pain for good.

Liz Koch
Posted on October 11th, 2012 | Permalink

I recommend reading the article on trauma (free on my website plus MASSAGE Magazine – The Bio-reverent Psoas) and listening to John Crites podcast for both how to release Psoas tension and the role the psoas plays in trauma plus what to do when surgery is necessary. So important to have a healthy psoas before surgery so recovery is smooth.

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