Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


This study was undertaken to gain a better understanding of how bodywork can facilitate in the healing process of those who have suffered an emotionally traumatic experience(s), and how bodywork affects Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. An individual with PTSD who has received Rolfing (a type of bodywork) took part in an unstructured interview with an emphasis on her life experiences. The interview was then transcribed and interpreted. She reported many benefits as a result of the Rolfing including being present in the moment and being able to see more options in stressful situations. These findings suggest that professionals working with trauma victims can further help clients by referring them to a trained professional in bodywork in conjunction with traditional methods currently used with PTSD clients.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Buffie.LL

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