Susie Bille, Systems Librarian, recommends The Body Knows the Score by Bessel van der Kolk.
After spending years in emergency services, I know how to help mitigate traumatic physical injuries. I also know people can struggle to regain their zest for life long after their bodies are safe and healed. It would be wonderful to understand how trauma affects the body, and how to heal from it.
The Body Knows the Score is a comprehensive and insightful examination of the impact of trauma on the body and mind. The author blends personal anecdotes, scientific research, and clinical case studies to provide a holistic understanding of how trauma affects the brain, the body, and the emotions. This audiobook has been easy to listen to and understand, although suffering is not an easy subject. It helps knowing the people described were able to heal to some extent.
This book focuses on the body’s role in the healing process. Van der Kolk emphasizes the importance of physical therapies, such as yoga and somatic experiencing, in treating trauma. He also delves into the impact of trauma on the brain and explains how different types of therapy can help to rewire the brain and promote healing.
The book also highlights the importance of addressing trauma in a holistic manner, rather than just focusing on the mind. Van der Kolk stresses the need to address the physical, emotional, and social effects of trauma to achieve true healing.
Find it in Audiobook in Libby, here.