Bessel van der Kolk is a renowned trauma expert who delves in the effect traumatic stress has on the brain's wiring and how these areas can be reactivated through treatments such as mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Massage therapists are in a unique position to offer affirming client-centered care. We are not here to diagnose, pathologize, or prescribe. Our work has the potential to facilitate healing in every system in the body and can decrease anxiety, improve sleep, and reduce pain. So how can we as massage therapists become intentionally welcoming to individuals of all genders and gender expressions?