Trauma is not an illness.
It is our nervous system
doing exactly what
it is meant to do. 

I didn't know much about trauma in 1984.

This is when I changed careers from teaching history to working as a massage therapist. Possibly not the most obvious choice for an Oxford history graduate!

However my own trauma had manifested itself as a debilitating illness for 18 months. As it was massage that got me up and about again, I was determined to find out as much as I could about the role that touch could play in healing trauma.

When I trained as a psychotherapist, a few years later, our knowledge of how trauma impacted the human nervous system was still pretty basic back then. Thirty-eight years and over 40,000 client sessions later, it all looks rather simple to me now.

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This was too important to keep to myself...

Over all these years l have learned one thing: almost all of our health problems, whether physical or mental, come down to the amount of trauma we are carrying in our nervous system. This is a silent trauma that sits in our nervous system like a shadow.

Hardly anyone is writing about this silent and residual trauma. It can wait years before it reveals itself - suddenly triggering us into the classic nervous system states of fight, flight or freeze.

Of course we are each unique and we manifest these states in a variety of different ways. But whatever form our trauma takes, I found that the three moves of Primal Touch (described in my book) reduced this ambient trauma loading. This means we hardly ever get triggered.

When I discovered that I could teach people to do this at home, I knew my life would never be the same again.

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Professional Recognition

I am a registered Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I am endorsed by the governing bodies for Transactional Analysis worldwide to both teach and supervise Psychotherapists.

I am also the founder and creator of NO HANDS®  Massage where I trained thousands of massage therapists how to reduce the ambient trauma levels being carried in the bodies of their clients.

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"As a neuropsychologist and therapist, I was impressed with the clarity in which Gerry communicates the complexity of  the neuroscience of trauma. As a fellow human being, I was repeatedly comforted by his profound empathic understanding of what ultimately binds all humanity at our deepest level."

- Dr Anna Reynolds
Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist