The visceral system relies on the interconnected synchronicity between the motions of all the organs and structures of the body. At optimal health, this harmonious relationship remains stable despite the body's endless varieties of motion. But when one organ cannot move in harmony with its viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works against the body's other organs and muscular membranous, fascial and osseous structures. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is forced to move around. And that chronic irritation, in turn, paves the way for disease and dysfunction.
~Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral
When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D
Trauma is actually physiological, not psychological or emotional. So the best way to deal with trauma is to recognize this fact. Like animals in the wild, we have instinctive mechanisms that get triggered when we are threatened or in danger. They prepare us to fight, flee or freeze when faced with a predator so that we do not become the prey.
These reactions are physical and they must be completed after the danger has passed. When we allow the energy defenses that were built up to be discharged and leave our muscles and tissues, trauma can be avoided. It is the uncompleted response to threat and danger that results in trauma, because the biological response at the moment of the event becomes locked in.
We prevent trauma by helping our nervous system recuperate its balance. We need first to understand how the body discharges this energy when it is over-stimulated. Some examples of this are as follows:
trembling, shaking or sweating
warmth in our body
crying or laughing
These are all good signs. They mean that we are discharging some of the energy and our body is regaining its balance. The best thing to do at this point is simply observe. You want to allow what's happening in the body to happen without interference or judgment. Just watch and understand that the human body has the innate ability to regain its balance if we just let it feel what it feels and give it time to do what it needs to do.
This is how we resolve trauma before it takes hold. We let the physical reactions to defense and threats play out and complete themselves. So, in a very real sense, emotional first aid is actually achieved through physical, body-awareness methods.