LINKS & RESOURCES
Nowadays, there are many excellent books available about the effects of stress and trauma and how to heal from it, written from a body-centered, polyvagal perspective.
The following is a list of just a few that I've found helpful both personally & professionally.
Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma - The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences by Peter A. Levine (1997)
In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter A Levine (2010)
The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk (2015)
Polyvagal Exercises for Safety & Connection by Deb Dana (2020)
Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve by Stanley Rosenburg (2017)
When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté (2004)
Scattered Minds by Gabor Maté (2000)
Compassionate Enquiry & the work of Dr Gabor Mate
SOMATICS & EMBODIMENT
Somatics – Reawakening the mind’s control of movement, flexibility & health, by Thomas Hanna (1988)
Maps to Ecstasy – teachings of an urban shaman by Gabrielle Roth (creator of 5Rhythms Dance) (1990)
The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion by Richard Strozzi-Heckler (2014)
Awareness Through Movement – Moshe Feldenkrais (1972)
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit – Donna Farhi (2000)
RESILIENCE, PURPOSE & PASSION
Women who run with the wolves – Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1992) *
The Gifts of Imperfection – Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are by Brené Brown (2010) *
Rising Strong by Brené Brown (2015) *
Daring Greatly – How the Courage to be Vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead by Brené Brown (2012) *
Braving the Wilderness – The Quest for True Belonging & the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown (2017) *
The Biology of Belief – unleashing the power of consciousness, matter and miracles by Bruce H. Lipton (2005)
The Way of Integrity – Finding the path to your true self by Martha Beck (2021) *
Wild Power – Discover the Power of your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power by Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer (2017) *
MIDLIFE & MENOPAUSE
There’s a crossover between the resources and links in the section above and the listed ones below because midlife and menopause is a time of transition in women’s lives during which we’re called to reassess, look at and heal what has been left undone or shut away, and to find our path and purpose for the next phase of our lives.
So everything in the section above marked with an asterix* belongs in this list too. These are just some of the books, women and resources that I’ve turned to for inspiration, information and support during this time of my life.
The Essential Oils Menopause Solution by Dr Mariza Snyder
Wise Power: Discover the Liberating Power of Menopause to Awaken Authority, Purpose and Belonging by by Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer (2022)