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Dear reader,

As a little girl, all I wanted was to be loved by my father. I wanted to feel connected to him.

My father’s main way of showing love was to tickle me.

And although he tickled me throughout my childhood, I didn’t realize how much lasting damage it had caused until much later.

When I became a mother myself, I learned from my first alternative therapist, that being tickled could be categorized as abuse. Initially, I was shocked at the suggestion.

But when she asked me how it felt to be tickled, I confessed I hated everything about it. I hated the loss of control while being held down by my father so that he could tickle me, and I hated the tickling itself. I also hated that when I asked him to stop, he didn’t.

Children need a sense of autonomy over their own bodies. Experiences, like I had with my dad, leave long-lasting effects on the body and mind.
tickling is not for everyone
I’ve had success releasing the physical effects from tickling by receiving massage therapy combined with steaming hot towels. During these sessions, I simultaneously focused on releasing the mental-emotional trauma using the Breathe in Light technique.

And, once the initial layers of trauma have been transformed and released, there are usually more layers to work through over time.

That’s why it’s important to continue learning how we can avoid inflicting trauma on others in the first place. This week’s blog delves into more of my own tickling experiences with my dad, how tickling can be harmful, and ways to err on the side of caution when gaining permission from children. I also share more info about what have been the most useful ways for me to heal this trauma.

If you’re working through your own traumas, whether related to tickling or not, I know this blog, Tickling- It’s Not For Everyone, will be helpful for you.
Or, if you’d prefer, take a listen to the blog on my YouTube channel.
Tickling, It's Not for Everyone ~~~ 9 minute audio blog.
Tickling, It's Not for Everyone YT

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About Susan

Susan Grace Wisniewski is trained and certified by the International Center for Reiki Training, as both a Holy Fire® Usui Reiki Master and as a Holy Fire® Karuna Reiki® Master. She’s also trained in the Shoden and Okuden levels of Jikiden Reiki.

Susan is the author of ‘Restore Your Self,’ which introduces the Breathe in Light self-healing technique: ‘Bright.’
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💜💚 Blessings,
Susan Grace Wisniewski
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