War and the Body

Serving the Survivors

As a survivor of torture I know how wounds of violation can live in the body and the mind. My recovery included bodywork, and so I know both its assets and liabilities in resolving shock of this magnitude. I am now both a practitioner and a teacher of somatic therapies for survivors, which has added substantially to my perspective on what it takes to rebuild one’s life from the pyres of hatred.

Back from Hell

Healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In 1937, as the nation stood on the brink of World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt told a Chicago audience, “War is contagion.” In fact, war’s sickness has swept the world countless times and for thousands of years, leaving in its wake a socially sanctioned form of disease — war-related trauma.