SALT CITY BODYWORKS IS ABOUT

Transformation

Physical, Mental and Spiritual.

How Salt City Can

Support You

You feel most alive when our mind, body and psyche are connected. The effect of trauma—whether an accumulation of events or one sudden impact—flips the breaker switch between these parts to prevent disintegration and help you survive. While critical in the short term, living in a disconnected fashion over time can deprive your life of its sense of meaning and depth. Salt City Bodyworks offers a variety of therapeutic approaches to heal trauma and support reconnection so you can transform from surviving to thriving.

NARM

An advanced therapeutic model for attachment, developmental and complex trauma including C-PTSD.

Somatic Experiencing®

A world renowned body-based approach for treating shock trauma including PTSD.

Somatic Bodywork

Trauma healing via Somatic Experiencing® or NARM implementing therapeutic touch.

Trauma-Informed Massage Therapy

Trauma healing via Somatic Experiencing® or NARM implementing therapeutic touch.

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

Somatic Experiencing®

The Body Remembers

$125 for a 60 minute session
$155 for a 75 minute session
$185 for a 90 minute session

When a traumatic event occurs, a protective circuit between the brain and body activates. The brain’s flight-or-fight impulse responds with defensive emotions of fear, anxiety, panic or rage. At the same time, the body activates physiological responses like trembling, crying, or running. These physiological reactions to trauma discharge energy that signals to the brain that you are alive and safe—the need for fight-or-flight has passed. The circuit is complete and you can return to a state of balance and calm. But when trauma strikes unexpectedly—an accident, an assault, a sudden death or loss—the body is often too overwhelmed to respond and physiological responses are suppressed. You find you are too shocked to cry, to tremble or to fight. You feel empty or numb. With time you may come to understand and even accept the impact of the event, but you struggle to move forward. Without the “all clear” from the body, the fight-or-flight fear and anxiety remains as real as the moment the trauma happened. Somatic Experiencing® therapy is a world renowned body-based approach to shock trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine that seeks to close the protective circuit and restore your sense of calm and balance. Through personal therapy in a safe and comfortable environment, your counselor can help you renegotiate traumatic events in the past by slowing down the experience and allowing your body to process events in the present moment, completing the circuit that was interrupted by trauma. Learn more at https://traumahealing.org/ 30 minute consultations are available.

Somatic Bodywork

$125 for a 60 minute session
$155 for a 75 minute session
$185 for a 90 minute session

The purpose of somatic bodywork is to address the impact of trauma using the added element of therapeutic physical touch. The appointment proceeds in a similar style as a "non-touch" Somatic Experiencing® or NARM session except for two main differences. First, the client is comfortably dressed while lying on the massage table as opposed to being seated in a chair. Second, the therapist uses still (non-moving) touch with light pressure to facilitate the trauma healing process.

Using touch in this way can be helpful for three main reasons. 1) It brings mindful awareness to areas of the body impacted by trauma. These may be places that carry a surplus of energy (i.e., chronic tension, lack of mobility, constriction, pain, etc.). There may also be a notable lack of energy experienced as diminished mind-body connection, sluggishness, decreased physical sensation, a "stuckness", impaired mechanical function, etc. 2) It can provide the client with an added sense of safety and connection. 3) Touch allows the practitioner to feel what's going on in the client's nervous system. This information shows up through the tactile experience of vibration, temperature and texture. It also provides another way of connecting to the client's breathing rhythm, heart rate, muscle tension and other indicators of nervous system activity.

Using therapeutic touch does not necessarily make the session more effective than Somatic Experiencing® or NARM alone. It just makes it more customized to the preferences and needs of a client who responds to touch with an increased experienced of safety.

Somatic bodywork is different than trauma-informed massage therapy because it expressly seeks to address the underlying dysfunction in the nervous system that is causing symptoms. Trauma-informed massage, on the other hand, specifically addresses the physical symptoms of muscle tension and pain caused by dysregulation in the nervous system but not the dysregulation itself. For more information, see "Trauma-Informed Massage Therapy" in the section above.

Jenny received her master’s degree in somatic psychology from Pacifica Graduate Insitute in Santa Barbara, CA in 2014. In 2016 she completed a three-year training from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI) to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) in order to provide trauma-informed bodywork at advanced levels. In addition, she has received specialized training from Kathy Kain through SETI in using touch-based methods to work with the physiological effects of complex trauma.

Trauma-Informed Massage Therapy

$125 for a 60 minute session

$185 for a 90 minute session

Trauma-informed massage therapy serves clients with PTSD, panic disorders, generalized anxiety and heightened sensitivities. The purpose of each session is to provide the general benefits that bodywork brings—relaxation, pain relief and connecting touch—but with the added security of working with a therapist who has advanced education in somatic-based trauma physiology and who is skilled in working with heightened activation in the nervous system. If the client happens to experience a trigger or onset of symptoms during the session, the therapist will assist the client in feeling safe and grounded while gently facilitating the nervous system in returning back to a relaxed and resting state. There is communication between the client and therapist throughout to ensure the client's comfort as well as the effectiveness of the session.

Trauma-informed massage therapy is not trauma therapy. It does not address the underlying dysregulation in the nervous system that may be causing the muscle tension and pain. It works to provide relief for these physical symptoms by using traditional massage therapy techniques and methods. Somatic bodywork, on the other hand, is specifically designed to work with the dysfunction in the nervous system by combining therapeutic touch (not massage) with Somatic Experiencing® or NARM. See "Somatic Bodywork" below for more information.

Jenny received her master’s degree in somatic psychology from Pacifica Graduate Insitute in Santa Barbara, CA in 2014. In 2016 she completed a three-year training from the Somatic Experiencing™ Trauma Institute (SETI) to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) in order to provide trauma-informed bodywork at advanced levels.

SCBW Covid Update

Masks are required for clients who are not fully-vaccinated and who wish to meet in-person. In these cases, the therapist will also wear a mask. For clients who are fully vaccinated, masks are optional. Zoom appointments remain available for all clients.