Network of the Living – Biological Roots of Early Trauma

Network of the Living – Biological Roots of Early Trauma

Scientific Perspectives on the fascial connective tissue and its significance for body-, trauma- and parent-baby psychotherapy

How do emotional and relational traumas anchor themselves in our bodies? Why do overwhelming birth and separation experiences lead to profound biological stiffening even in newborn children? And why is it that in body psychotherapy we can use specific touch techniques to soften and liquefy the history frozen in the body?
In the last two decades, we have gained a number of answers to these questions through modern connective tissue and fascia research.
For example, tissue connects the various structures of our body. It envelops our muscles, ensures the suppleness of our movements, acts as a whole-body sensory organ and causes our bodies to straighten up in the field of gravity. Under prolonged stress - whether emotional or physical - the semi-fluid connective tissue changes its texture and flexibility toward stiffness and hardening. Recent research indicates that it is not so much the muscles as the connective tissue structures involved that are physically involved in maintaining this trauma-induced withdrawal.
In this online conference, we will explore the particular ways in which human connective tissue works and its relevance to body, trauma, and parent-baby psychotherapy. In the course of the event, different researchers will have their say, who in their respective fields of expertise will deal more deeply with the modes of action of the connective tissue. With Dr. Robert Schleip we have been able to win an internationally renowned fascia and connective tissue researcher for our conference. He will give us an insight into current fascia research and its implications for body (psycho)therapy. The American
body psychotherapist Will Davis has been dealing with the question of the biological basis of early traumatization for decades. Among other things, he will show why the concept of body armor developed by Wilhelm Reich needs fundamental revision in light of modern fascia research. The English baby therapist Matthew Appleton will show how pre- and peripartum traumatization already leads to a profound loss of bio-emotional wholeness in babies.

Online congress – Network of the Living – Biological Roots of Early Trauma – Scientific Perspectives on the fascial connective tissue and its significance for body-, trauma- and parent-baby psychotherapy

Program of the online conference
09.30 – 09.45 h Opening and program presentation
09.45 – 10.15 h Thomas Harms – Beyond Psychology
Biological Perspectives in the History of Body Psychotherapy
10.15 – 11.15 h Robert Schleip – Fascinating fasciae – Current Connective Tissue
(pre-recorded) and Fascia Research and its Role for Today‘s Body (Psycho) Therapies
11.15 – 11.45 h Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30 h Will Davis – The Biology of Early Trauma
Connective Tissue as a Biological Foundation of Modern Body Psychotherapy
12.30 – 13.00 h Questions and discussion – Moderation: Thomas Harms
13.00 – 14.30 h Lunch break
14.30 – 15.15 h Robert Schleip – Fascia as a Sensory Organ – Sensory Dimensions
(pre-recorded) of the Fascia System and their Connection to the Autonomic Nervous System
15.15 – 16.00 h Matthew Appleton – Return to wholeness – Integrative Baby Therapy
and Embodiment of Pre- and Perinatal Traumatization
16.00 – 16.15 h Questions and discussion – Moderation: Thomas Harms
16.15 – 16.45 h Coffee break
16.45 – 17.30 h Will Davis – Trauma integration without drama – Working with the Connective Tissue
System in Body Psychotherapy – Clinical Observations and Theoretical Implications
17.30 – 18.00 h Questions, discussion and farewell

Robert Schleip is a human biologist and graduate psychologist. His area of expertise is fascia research. He is a trained Rolfing therapist and received his doctorate in human biology from the University of Ulm in 2006. Schleip has been director of the Fascia Research Group of the Department of Neurophysiology at the University of Ulm since 2008. He is the author of numerous books as a speaker internationally.

Will Davis is an American psychologist and body psychotherapist. He is the founder of „Functional Analysis,“ a modern approach to body psychotherapy. The examination of the biological basis of schizoid character structures and the development of body-based methods in psychotherapy with early disturbed people are important foci of his work.

Matthew Appleton lives in Bristol where he works as a prenatal baby therapist and craniosacral therapist. His therapeutic work focuses on body psychotherapy support for babies and young children after overwhelming pregnancy and birth experiences.

Online congress with
Robert Schleip
Will Davis
Matthew Appleton
Thomas Harms

by Thomas Harms, graduate psychologist and
body psychotherapist, Director of the Center
for Primary Prevention and body psychotherapist
and founder of Emotional First
Aid (EEH) and Attachment-oriented Body
Psychotherapy (BKPT).

Date November 12, 2022

Course hours 09:30 – 18:00 h

Costs 140 Euro
Students (with ID): 80 Euro €

Venue Online

Congress language
English with German and
Italian Translation

Registration exclusively via the homepage

Telephone information
Office Zentrum für Primäre Prävention und Körperpsychotherapie | Phone 0421 349 12 36
Office hours: Tue and Thu 10:00 – 12:00 h
Wed 14:00 – 15:00 h