What does Trauma Informed mean?

Tina Quatroni of SOLACE massage instills principles of trauma informed care within the core of her practice. Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” A trauma-informed approach to bodywork sessions acknowledges the need to have a complete picture of a client’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective bodywork care services with a healing orientation. Adopting trauma-informed practices can potentially improve client engagement, treatment adherence, and wellness outcomes, as well as provider wellness. 

 

Trauma-informed care seeks to:

 

  • Realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand paths for wellness;

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, and staff;

  • Integrate knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and

  • Actively avoid re-traumatization.

Safety

SOLACE massage prioritizes the clients we serve to feel physically and psychologically safe in all bodywork sessions and communications. 

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Trustworthiness/Transparency

SOLACE massage operations and decisions are conducted with transparency and the goal of building and maintaining trust with clients who are receiving bodywork services. 

Peer Support/Mutual Self-Help

These are integral to SOLACE massage and the service delivery approach and are understood as a key vehicle for building trust, establishing safety, and empowerment. 

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Collaboration/Mutuality

There is recognition that healing happens in relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision-making. SOLACE massage recognizes that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach. One does not have to be a therapist to be therapeutic. 

Empowerment Voice & Choice

SOLACE massage aims to strengthen the client's experience of choice and recognizes that every person's experience is unique and requires an individualized approach. This builds on what clients have to offer, rather than responding to perceived deficits. 

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Cultural, Historical, & Gender Issues

SOLACE massage actively moves past cultural stereotypes and biases, offers culturally responsive services, leverages the healing value of traditional cultural connections, and recognizes and addresses historical trauma.