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Hi, I'm Jane...

...an award-winning modern calligraphy and engraving artist based in rural Oxfordshire.

I offer modern calligraphy classes both in-person and online. My passion for calligraphy and its wellbeing benefits mean that my workshops and courses provide an excellent opportunity to unwind while trying something new at the same time. My creative coaching workshops are a perfect for corporate teams to develop outside-the-box thinking.

I also work with both private and corporate clients to create stunning, personalised pieces for a range of occasions. From brand activation and PR events to corporate gifting and live calligraphy and engraving at private celebrations,

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How Calligraphy can help you heal

January 18, 20243 min read

Healing Trauma: How Calligraphy Can Unlock the Body's Resilience

Introduction:

Trauma is a complex and deeply ingrained experience that can have profound effects on both the mind and body. It often leaves an imprint that resides within us long after the initial event has passed. In this blog, we will explore the concept of how trauma lives in the body and how the therapeutic practice of learning calligraphy can aid in the healing process.

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Understanding How Trauma Lives in the Body:

Trauma can be both emotional and physical, and the body has a remarkable capacity to remember and hold onto these experiences. Here's how trauma lives in the body:

Muscle Tension: Trauma can lead to chronic muscle tension and pain. The body's fight-or-flight response can become chronically activated, resulting in tense muscles, headaches, and other physical symptoms.
Autonomic Nervous System Dysregulation: Trauma can disrupt the body's autonomic nervous system, leading to symptoms such as a heightened state of alertness (hypervigilance), sleep disturbances, and mood swings.
Body Memory: Trauma can be stored as somatic memories in the body. Certain sensations, smells, or even physical postures can trigger traumatic memories and emotional reactions.
Emotional Regulation: Trauma can affect emotional regulation, leading to mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and emotional numbness.

The Therapeutic Potential of Calligraphy:

Learning calligraphy can offer a therapeutic avenue for addressing the physical and emotional residues of trauma:

Mindfulness and Body Awareness:
Calligraphy requires concentration and mindful awareness of the body's movements. Practitioners learn to focus on the present moment, which can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and hypervigilance.

Expressing Emotions Non-Verbally:
Calligraphy offers a non-verbal means of emotional expression. The act of creating art can help individuals process and release pent-up emotions associated with trauma.

Somatic Healing:
The deliberate strokes of calligraphy can be a form of self-soothing and relaxation. It can help release physical tension and promote somatic healing.

Empowerment and Self-Expression:
Calligraphy allows individuals to regain a sense of control and empowerment over their bodies and emotions. Creating art can be a form of self-expression, fostering a positive sense of identity.

Community and Connection:
Participating in calligraphy classes or workshops can provide a sense of community and connection with others who may have experienced trauma. Sharing the creative process can be therapeutic and healing.

Getting Started with Calligraphy for Healing:

Seek Professional Guidance: Consider enrolling in calligraphy classes or workshops led by a skilled instructor who understands the therapeutic potential of the art form.

Create a Safe Space: Establish a dedicated and comfortable space for your calligraphy practice, free from distractions.

Set Realistic Goals: Approach calligraphy with patience and self-compassion. Set achievable goals and acknowledge your progress.

Embrace the Process: Focus on the process of creating rather than the end result. Allow yourself to explore different styles and techniques.
Conclusion

Trauma's impact on the body and mind can be profound, but healing is possible. Learning calligraphy is one way to engage in a therapeutic practice that promotes mindfulness, emotional expression, and somatic healing. By harnessing the power of art and creativity, individuals can embark on a journey of self-discovery and recovery, using calligraphy as a tool to unlock the body's resilience and promote overall well-being. Remember that healing from trauma is a unique and personal journey, and finding the right therapeutic practices that resonate with you is essential.

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