What Should a Client Expect During a Trauma Informed Bodywork Session with Anne?

  1. Anne will first speak with you, and if it is an initial session, the discussion will be involved. After that, it will be more of a check-in and empowering reminder of the procedures and boundaries.

  2. Anne will ask for permission at beginning of session and will continue to do so throughout your session.

    1. This, and the following dialogue, is as important as the actual hands-on portion of the treatment. This allows you to practice putting into place verbal boundaries regarding your body.

    2. You have the freedom to choose to only allow touch on your right thumb while fully dressed, if that is what feels safe.

  3. As the session begins, Anne will first ask where you would like to focus. She will ask you where treatment feels most safe and supportive for you. Anne will also ask if there is any place that does not feel comfortable for her to touch. You will be prepared for this conversation with your therapist prior to your session.

  4. Anne will ask if you have had bodywork previously, and if there is anything you have experienced that has been positive or pleasant in the past. Anne will also ask if there is anything you have not liked. It is important to remember that reactions may change over time as issues evolve in therapy. What may have once seemed acceptable may have been so because of dissociation. It is perfectly fine if your preferences or tolerance changes.

  5. Anne will maintain a dialogue throughout the session. She will tell you each time that she is about to move to a new area.

    1. If constant verbal communication is a trigger for you, Anne can tap your shoulder each time she is about to shift and she will look for a positive response from her before moving on. You are fully in control of what is happening to your body.

  6. You and Anne will set an intention at the beginning of the session. Anne might say something like this, based on earlier discussion, “This is what I would suggest we work on. I envision doing A, B and C and then moving on to D, does this sound comfortable for you?”

    1. When Anne moves from A to B and so on, she will say something like, “I feel like I am done with A now, do you feel like you need more time there? Would you feel comfortable with my moving to B?”

    2. Anne will stay with the intention that was discussed. This is your session and you are always in control. If Anne needs to readjust the plan at any point in time, or should you feel that a change is necessary, it will be clearly communicated and at your direction.

  7. You may express feelings you are having during a session, but Anne is just there to work physically through trauma issues in the body and listen, but she cannot provide therapy. Anne will also stop the session should the experience become overwhelming. Trauma informed bodywork is a way to experience physical sensations, but the road is first paved in therapy. The bodywork will never outpace therapeutic progress.

  8. You have the freedom to stop the session at any time, restart the session after a rest period or end the session should they desire.


After each session, a copy of my notes will go to the therapist and the client.


What I WILL do for you:

  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment

  • Respect the client’s boundaries and direction of treatment

  • Work toward achieving therapeutic goals

  • Listen actively

  • Maintain frequent and direct communication with the client and her therapist

  • Keep open dialogue by sharing my observations with the client and her therapist

  • Maintain my own boundaries and keep current with my own emotional health work

  • Work with a loving patience toward healing



What I WILL NOT do for the you:

  • Offer talk therapy

  • Replace talk therapy

  • See her if she is not in therapy

  • Ask her to experience anything she is neither willing, nor ready to experience

  • Offer advice

  • Question her therapist’s advice and/or direction

  • Have social contact outside of my bodywork with the client

  • Offer deep-tissue, “relaxation” or other forms of massage

©️ Anne Von denMeer