Mindfulness and Yoga therapy in Colchester, Essex.
Louise Fortunato is a British Wheel of Yoga trained teacher and Clear Mind trained Yoga Therapist and mindfulness practitioner. She specialises in treating trauma and anxiety through a blend of mind and body based techniques that include yoga therapy, calming and soothing mindfulness and compassion based techniques and a touch therapy from the Ayurvedic tradition known as marma therapy.
Given that anxiety and trauma are felt in the body and affect the nervous system, a blend of body based approaches are increasingly beeing seen as useful and effective by some psychologists and psychotherapists over and above the purely talk based therapies traditionally offered in the west.
Her Paths to Peace approach to trauma (often referred to as PTSD) and anxiety, given that anxiety is a product of trauma in many cases, will include 1:1 yoga therapy with mindfulness and compassion based techniques, marma therapy (a touch therapy using acupressure points) that calms and balances hormonal discharge after stressful events and smile and stretch techniques that give messages via a major nerve to the brain that all is well in the body.
Since trauma is a body based state that sends messages in the form of muscle memory, posture, movement, facial expression and heart signals to the brain, it is crucial to unlearn the traumatic patterning that the body performs over and over again as a survival instinct, each time subconscious stimuli triggers a subtle traumatic memory in the brain. Purely working with the memory of trauma or expressing emotions either in therapy or in pubic, triggers the body’s responses again and again, leading to hormonal imbalance, feelings of anger, anxiety, depression and often physical illness. A body based approach, given that hormones are in the body, helps calm the fight/flight/freeze responses and tackles the underlying memory that harms the survivor and their families.
Alongside 1:1 therapy, Louise also runs small group workshops and courses for anxiety and trauma in her yurt in Boxted, Colchester, Essex, and trauma workshops for organisations and institutions. She is qualified to teach both adults and children.