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Grief, Trauma & Core Recovery Resources

Grief, Trauma & The Core

The core often stores much of the emotional and physical pain that we experience in our lives. We often stuff it down, power through and use disconnection as a survival technique.  Through years of clinical experience, we have found that complete core healing only happens when we address this disconnect and help the body heal on all levels.

This is an uncommon approach in traditional physical therapy, but it has proven to be one of the foundational components in The Tummy Team approach.  We address the emotional component to functional core (and pelvic floor) rehab in every one of our online courses and with each and every client.  This has become such an impactful part of the rehab process for clients that we have created this FREE RESOURCE page to help everyone understand a bit more about why and how we address trauma and grief during rehab.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page and are intended to be a resource and to supplement information given by our Core Rehabilitation Specialists™. This information is not all-inclusive, is not intended to replace care from a trained professional, and does not represent our complete rehab process. It is always important to listen to your body and never push through pain, and reach out for 1:1 help if these processes trigger additional signs of trauma.

Grief Routine

Almost everyone who shares their Tummy Team Journey with us mentions how important processing their grief and trauma was to their healing journey.

We understand that grief and traumatic memories are physically stored in our bodies and can be held over as bodily tension, which is why we created this Grief Recovery Routine with our fitness partner Fit2B – TummySafe Fitness.

Make sure to watch the brief intro provided by Kelly in the first video which will allow you to decide if the routine is right for you at this stage of your journey.


The most common contributing factor with all of our functional core and pelvic floor weakness clients is disconnect.  Emotional and physical disconnection is a natural response to trauma and grief.  Our body instinctively protects us from pain and looks for ways to distance us from painful experiences, and while disconnection is a natural survival technique, it is not a healthy ongoing lifestyle strategy.

One of the components to The Tummy Team’s functional core rehabilitation approach is intentional self-abdominal massage.  Most of the clients we work with deal with some level of disconnect from their core muscles. Reconnecting the muscles of the core is one of the very first steps in retraining the muscles to stabilize and support the body throughout the day. Unfortunately, as simple and effective as adding abdominal massage to your daily routine can be, it is also one of the most difficult pieces to get our clients to be consistent with. For this reason, it is essential to understand the many health benefits of abdominal rehab so that we all can make it a priority when focusing on reclaiming lost functional core strength.


We encourage you to take 1-2 minutes to massage your abdominal area 1-2 times a day to start seeing the benefits above. Developing daily routines such as abdominal massage in the shower with soap or after your shower with lotion, massage at bedtime while lying on your back before drifting off to sleep, or even occasionally massaging your tummy right over your clothes can be a very effective habit to get into. One thing we have learned through years of clinical work is to never underestimate the healing power of physical touch.


Grief & Trauma in the Core
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