Thursday, January 6, 2011

First Aid in times of stress and trauma

A plaster on a wound is first aid for injury. What first aid tool do you use in times of stress and trauma? I've asked around and not many people were able to give me an answer. Maybe no-one thought about putting it in the first aid box or first aid training. Maybe until now there weren't many tools that could be used for this purpose.

With more and more people suffering from the effects of stress and trauma isn't it time that we start to look into this?

I came to ask the question while doing my research on the BioMotions Body-Coaching approach that I've developed and teach. One day it dawned on me what I was teaching was just that. I was teaching people to become stress and trauma 'first aiders'. Since I've been looking at the BioMotions Body-Coaching method and viewing it in this light.

What does it mean First aid? In Wikipedia I found

First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by a non-expert person to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.

When I look then at Body-Coaching, it:
  • Facilitates Self healing mechanism ≃Provides care
  • Can be learned by everyone also children ≃ no need to be an expert
  • Is a series of facilitating micro-movements based on a single principle ≃ simple
  • Is a tool that can provide help but when the condition is serious further professional help is required ≃ idem for first aid
  • Works without external tools only your hands and attention are needed ≃ minimal equipment
I can only observe but let me know what you think?

Wouldn't you be interested to learn something that helps you but also others?

Times are changing and everything is speeding up. Stress is the result of our resources to be overstretched. We're not coping so well anymore but what if there is a solution? What if you could learn an easy to learn tool to help you your family, friends or that can be used in a professional environment.

Writing this I'm confronted with the idea can we all do it by ourselves? NO! Partly yes but don't we live in a society? Is our body not made of trillions of cells working as ONE. I think this is a key insight. We are one and we need to start helping others as we do ourselves only then shall we be able to evolve and thus cope better. But first we have to learn new tools...

Body-Coaching is one such tool. It helps us but also it brings us all together. It's an approach that will help us all be better in what we do as we will be empowered to thrive in the ever changing ever increasing moment.

Next Workshops:

12 and 13 February (English) Brussels
5 and 6 March (French) Brussels
9 and 10 April (German) Vienna with a presentation on Friday the 8th

1 comment:

Rachel Stoneham said...

Well, the first thing you usually need to do before providing first aid help is to calm down! Fatal mistakes are often times made during these first aid procedures because of clumsiness. Try giving the fib to a panicking passer-by and see what I mean.