Who is BodyWork for?  BodyWork is for women and girls who are victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence and abuse.  To access our BodyWork therapies, you will usually have engaged with another of our services - Face-to-Face Support or our group therapy programmes.

What is BodyWork?  It is now recognised that the trauma of sexual violence and abuse affects not only the mind and emotions but profoundly affects the body too: often "the body remembers what that mind cannot".

The Women’s Centre Cornwall delivers various Bodywork therapies to women and girls to help them heal and recover from the trauma of their abuse.  The types of bodywork offered include:

  • Restorative Yoga
  • Sound Therapy
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Healing Art
  • Eco-Therapy
  • Gardening Groups
  • Walking Groups

Where is it available?  BodyWork sessions are held throughout Mid, East and North Cornwall.  

Tell me more:  Many victims/survivors of sexual violence and abuse are known to experience a whole raft of physical conditions: chronic pain, recurrent infections and auto-immune disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. This trauma/stress in the body is sometimes called somatisation and for many years it was suggested that it was purely psychological.

The body is often the medium through which the original trauma was enacted and often becomes the source of on-going suffering.  Recognition that the body holds the scars of abuse and trauma has led to increasing use of bodywork as a valid approach for survivors.


Why might this help me?
 Survivors may have difficulty in both connecting with the body and feeling healthy. Through the delivery of these different BodyWork Therapies, it is possible that you can become connected to your body again and begin to feel a greater sense of well-being.

How do I find out more? Talk to your Volunteer Support Worker or contact our Helpline if you are interested in accessing our BodyWork therapies.

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