In any traumatic event in our life, our breath is effected, and this is just as so in sexual trauma.
In that moment of trauma we take a breath in and breath from a tightness in our body, bringing our breath up and into, only our lung space.
This way of breathing supports a state of fight or flight, of hyper vigilance and super awareness.
In sexual trauma we also restrict our breath to our lungs, because of the shock but also because restricting our breath in this way takes us up and away form our body and up and away from the area in which the trauma has been focused.
This may create a sense of feeling dissociated from our body and ungrounded.
A feeling of being disconnected from our sexuality. And a numbing out of all range of feelings, whether that be anger or joy, pleasure or pain.
Our breath is an essential tool to our life. It keep us alive. It keep us in relationship with our body, in relationship with our sexuality and sensuality. And in relationship with life.
Our breath is also how we self soothe.
When we allow ourselves to return to the soothing flow of our own breath, we offer our body an unrestricted space to recover in. We offer our nervous system a time to rest. We offer our sexuality the potential to heal and move beyond the trauma.
I invite you to watch the video below to explore more …