Befriend your body.

Your body’s feelings are somatic reenactments of the undigested trauma and typically represent the postures assumed when the trauma occurred. It is important to note that this activity can be very distressing and can induce flashbacks, so do not conduct this activity in an area where you do not feel safe and secure.

Ideally, you should engage in this activity with your therapist or another trained professional.


  1. Notice and describe the feelings in your body.
    This doesn’t refer to your emotions such as anger or anxiety. Instead, it refers to the physical sensations beneath your emotions—e.g., pressure, heat, tingling, or feeling hollow.
  2. Identify the sensations associated with positive things such as relaxation or pleasure.
    How does your body feel when you talk about happy memories? Do you feel a tingling in your feet, a warmth in your chest, etc.?
  3. Pay attention to your body’s feelings, and you will have an idea of your mind’s feelings.
    The next time you talk about something, pay attention to your body’s feelings. Is there a tightness in your chest or a gnawing in your belly when you speak about negative events you do not think bother you? If so, your body is trying to tell you that you feel more strongly about the event than you thought you did.


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