There is a fundamental necessity for those who choose to adopt this approach in their profession to heal their own personal trauma. This is necessary in order for the practitioner to stay objective and in mastery of the method. Through this initial workshop we answer three questions:
How does trauma change us? How can pleasure heal trauma?How can sex work become the logical solution to trauma?
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Basics of Trauma
  • Hyperarousal/Hypoarousal
  • Window of Tolerance
  • Social engagement; “I am not alone”
  • Trauma in the body; physiology
  • Stress Response Cycle
Wheel of Consent
  • Building boundaries and communication skills
  • Asking for what you want
  • The power of the Joyous No and the Authentic Thank You
  • Ferocious Self-Love
Self Regulation; Grounding in pleasure, Grounding in body, Grounding in community, Grounding in spirit
  • Building a personal tool box for self-regulation; use of sound, movement, touch, breath, imagination
  • Psychoeducation of the effect of trauma on pleasure
  • Developing ‘home’ in the body
  • Self-defence techniques to increase body awareness and confidence
  • Practice of conscious trance states
  • Creating ritualized spaces
  • Active & exquisite listening
“Trapped between feeling too much (overwhelmed or flooded) or feeling too little (shut down and numb) and unable to trust their sensations, traumatized people can lose their way. They don’t ‘feel like themselves’ anymore; loss of sensation equals a loss of sense of self.” – Peter Levine, In An Unspoken Voice