AFFORDABLE COUNSELING FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL TRAUMA THROUGH MOUNTAIN BIKING
We live by our mission. We share our commitment to survivors. Yet, nothing is more powerful than when we become a part of a survivor's healing journey.
A Lifetime of Healing
Trauma from sexual abuse and assault gets stored in the body, manifesting as physical, mental, and emotional stress over a lifetime. Many survivors do not realize they are a survivor until they leave for college, birth a baby, or the house is finally quiet after teenagers leave for college. They may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe anxiety, recurring gynecological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and sexual health problems for decades after the traumatic event occurred - not forgetting the financial recurring challenges due to the cost of healthcare.
Recovery is the process of releasing this trauma. In recovery, a survivor re-learns to feel at home in her body, reconnect with her emotions and reclaim calm. Working with professionals and peers allows a survivor to address her experience of the world and plan for the long-term. Nature gives space to process trauma. Through physical activity outdoors, she can focus on her body and work with the impacts of trauma. The challenge of mountain biking, along with community support, empowers a survivor on the path to healing.
Healing Support Systems
Sacred Cycle Programming encompasses three support systems which support the healing process. They include:
- Psychoeducation Group Meetings: Meetings covering the topics of breathing and mindfulness, self talk, the mind body connection, and the concept of control. Alternative therapy group events (trauma informed yoga, empowering martial arts, and art therapy)
- Cycling gear and guidance: Personal coaching and a survivors’ cycling group to reap the benefits of being outdoors and in the present. Coaching, bicycle (mountain, road & cruiser options), and equipment are free for use during the duration of the program.
- Community: An online platform to connect with coaches, therapists and survivors, volunteer opportunities and more.
BE PART OF A POSITIVE CYCLE OF HEALING FOR SURVIVORS
Family and friends are critical in helping survivors live full, happy lives. Knowing exactly how to be that support can be tricky. Many people feel it’s not OK to discuss traumatizing events or don’t know the best way to be ‘there’ for a survivor when clearly in need.
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