How trauma lodges in the body

Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is an innovator in treating the effects of trauma on people.
In this interview, he talks at length about how bodywork, like yoga and eye movement therapy can restore a sense of well being.
Surprisingly, much is centered around training the body to have a greater heart rate the heart to be less even in its action! It turns out that the calmer people are, and the more mindful they are, the higher their heart rate variability.

Read a transcript of the detailed interview with Dr Bessel van der Kolk.

is Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. He’s also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. His books include Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on the Mind, Body and Society and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.