Case Studies - PTSD
“Last summer, the materials hypersensitivity that I had suffered from for two years reached a crisis point. I was forced to wear a minimal number of clothing and shoes to keep from becoming quite physically ill. This profoundly limited my ability to even leave my house and ‘live a normal life’. I was getting to a point of ‘being at my wit’s end’ trying to figure out what to do about the situation, or even to understand what was causing my body to react this way. I tried the medical approach, but my doctors had no idea what the solution was either.
In working with my long-time mental health therapist, I did come to a realization that the major problem was very likely caused by the PTSD that I had experienced as a child (sexual abuse/rape and physical torture, from my parents). I was beginning to dig into the most toxic parts of the trauma that I had -- for good reason -- avoided my whole life. I started asking around about alternative modalities that might help to allow me to ‘have a life’ again. Knowing that Pamela was a yoga instructor, I asked her if she knew anyone who could assist me. To my surprise -- and delight -- she said she was trained in “yoga therapy” and that that technique was very helpful for trauma issues.
I began working with Pamela [in partnership with my mental health therapist] in October 2016. At first, there was only a limited amount of yoga poses that I could engage in, given that, on top of the materials hypersensitivity, I had had, in September 2016, a 4th blood clot in my left leg. But slowly, with Pamela’s assistance and instruction, I was able to engage in more yoga therapy poses, which were focused on releasing upper body trauma. By January, 2017, I was able to start wearing some of my ‘regular’ clothing again, and get out of my house with less traumatic feelings.
By Pamela’s own reckoning, yoga therapy “is the slowest therapy in the world”, but I can enthusiastically testify that it is a most effective therapy. And Pamela is a very patient and helpful guide. I’m the person who does the work and I’m the one who has to deal with the emotional fallout, but Pamela has been and continues to be a wonderful, thoughtful and dedicated guide in that journey. I cannot say enough positive things about her yoga instruction. I still have many roads to walk before I will be fully recovered from this materials hypersensitivity (I’m 65 now and have been in PTSD therapy for 35 years), but I can say, without any doubt, that Pamela Todd is a phenomenally caring, and emotionally connective yoga therapy guide. My life was quite literally saved by her assistance, for which I am deeply grateful.”