Sometimes, your history continues to direct your life

You would like to undergo trauma therapy

When someone is confronted with traumatic experiences in their life, this can have significant consequences on their quality of life, long after the fact. This is because traumatic experiences leave traces in various parts of our brains in different ways.

The memory function that is directed by the rational brain produce a lively memory of the traumatic experience. The memory systems directed by the limbic system (the emotional brain) produce feelings of sadness, anger, resentment, indignation, etcetera. But what is more important, is that there is also a memory function in the reptilian brain (the primitive brainstem), which fires off continuous, strong, uncontrollable signals to other parts of the brain, telling them that there is danger.

In this way, the body becomes stuck in permanent fight-or-flight mode. It is a pure survival reflex. The body does not succeed in balancing the central nervous system and return back to a ‘normal’ state.

Survival mode

When the primitive brain takes control in the central nervous system and ‘turns off’ the two other parts of the brain, large quantities of stress hormones (adrenaline) get stored in the body, because the brain wrongly assumes that it is in a constant state of danger. medically, this is what happens with those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When the body stays in this high-energy survival mode, this can lead to serious exhaustion in the long term. Research suggests that those who suffer from burnout or chronic fatigue, often have a history of trauma.

The Marnes trauma treatment plan aims to reset the traumatic memory functions in all three parts of the central nervous system, to relieve both the physical and psychological consequences of the trauma. We do this through a combination of different psychotherapeutic and body-focussed therapies.

The Marnes treatment plan for trauma starts with an exhaustive case history and laboratory diagnosis, which takes place in Belgium before admission.

You would like to undergo trauma therapy

Medical history and laboratory diagnosis

The treatment plan for trauma starts during the intake procedure (which takes place in Belgium before admission) with an extensive case history, where we investigate which circumstances led to the post-traumatic stress disorder, how it developed and which consequences it has on your quality of life. We will also look at your current lifestyle and see if we can make any corrections there (chronic stress, tension, eating habits, day-to-night rhythm…)

During the intake procedure we also administer an extensive laboratory diagnosis. This laboratory testing can comprise:

  • a complete analysis of the endocrine system
  • Mapping all vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids
  • A brain-screen to map neurotransmitters
  • A specific endocrine test to investigate the balance between the pro- and anti-stress hormones.

After this intake procedure, the treatment plan in the Marnes resort can start.

The treatment plan

Trauma therapy was only developed in the 1970s, when clinicians discovered that classic psychotherapy (based around language, introspection and analysis) do not have much of an effect on PTSD. It was discovered that the only way to get to the primitive brain was through working with the body itself. That is why, in Marnes, we place great emphasis on body-centered therapy for trauma treatment. The body and bodily experiences are central.

The Marnes trauma treatmentplan can consist of:

  • the administering of the right supplements for the central nervous system (possibly through intravenous therapy)
  • The right supporting medication, if necessary
  • A personalised training plan (the right exercise is individualised and not too intensive; movement is of great importance when it comes to overcoming trauma)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Body-oriented therapy to re-establish a positive view and a relaxed connection with the body.

The duration of the Marnes treatment plan for trauma can vary between 4 and 6 weeks.

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