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Trauma & Aikido: An Exploratory Workshop

Updated: Jan 8, 2023

Start the year off right. Slow down and learn new pathways for performance, reinvent yourself and feel great this new year!

Join us for a very special afternoon of immersive inquiry into Somatic Experiencing, the trauma-healing work of Peter Levine, and the profound mind-body movements of Aikido.

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:30–4:30 pm

Russell Jones | 6th dan | Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido

Why this Workshop is so Timely

Filled with distractions, entertainment, and pervasive technology, our fast-paced, hectic modern lives seldom give us enough space and time to deal well with all the conflict situations that arise as we move through.

Even when we take the time to get on the mat, be present, and work on ourselves through yoga, aikido, meditation and other activities, in our daily lives, when we are triggered by our embodied trauma, we react in ways that may not serve us any longer.

About the Trauma-Aikido Workshop

Trauma can be defined as what happens when our nervous system is overwhelmed by any stimulus or situation that is too much, too big, too fast, or too soon. When this happens there is not enough time or space for our natural instinctive survival responses to complete.

Facilitating the completion of these incomplete responses is one of the most effective ways to work with trauma and its symptoms. Aikido exercises, movements, and techniques can help to complete these natural responses.

The intention of this short workshop is to develop our ability to consciously observe orienting and survival responses as they happen, and to play with completing them utilizing Aikido principles and movements. To play with, is synonymous with explore and experiment, which is how we all learned to be in our body as children and continue to learn as adults.

We will also take a brief look at how our autonomic nervous system functions and how we can support its natural flow through our awareness and attention.

About Russell Jones

Russell Jones Sensei holds the level of rokudan, 6th degree black belt, in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, Joden rank in Shin Shin Toitsu Do (Ki Development), was uchideshi of Koichi Kashiwaya Shihan, and went on to study in Japan with Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei, founder of Ki Aikido.

Russell Jones is also a professional teacher and practitioner of Somatic Experiencing®, a physiologically-based approach to working with trauma and post-traumatic stress. He and his wife, Lael Keen Sensei, are some of the co-founders of the Brazilian Trauma Association. They teach SE® together and separately throughout the world on four continents, as well as from their home in the rainforest of Florianópolis, on the island of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil.

About Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing®, the life’s work of Peter A. Levine, PhD, is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress disorders. It presents a framework to evaluate where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses, as well as imparting clinical tools to resolve these gripping physiological states. SE® provides efficacious tools valuable to a variety of healing fields, including mental health, first responders, education, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, and others.

Admission: $25-60 sliding scale

Proceeds from this workshop will benefit Rocky Mountain Ki Society (RMKS) a Colorado-based non-profit organization working to spread the life-enhancing aspects of Aikido and Ki in daily life.

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