99: Releasing Trauma That Lingers in Your Body With Janelle Hardy

Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. There’s no right or wrong, good or bad – we each experience aspects of our life through a different lens.

What you may not realize, however, is that unreleased trauma can show up physically and could be part of the reason you’re not succeeding in business the way you know you could be.

Today, we’re talking to Janelle Hardy about how trauma may be showing up in your body and business along with some ways that you can move it through you.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Janelle talks about her entrepreneurial journey, which involves following her intuition
  • What does bodywork entail and why is it so impactful?
  • What are trauma responses and how do they work?
  • How does unresolved trauma tend to show up physically in our bodies?
  • How long does it typically take to release trauma?
  • Working through limiting beliefs of pricing and income
  • Ways we can practice bodywork at home to release energy and trauma

Janelle Hardy is a writer, artist, host of the Personal Mythmaking Podcast and the creator/teacher of a transformational memoir-writing course called The Art of Personal Mythmaking.

She’s been working as a trauma-informed bodyworker in the hands-on healing arts fields for 13+ years and as an artist (writing, painting + dance) for 17+ years.

Throughout that time she’s taught adults out of her living room, art centers, universities and community colleges and has integrated all of her expertise into supporting people in their creative healing work via the alchemy of transformational memoir-writing.



Call of the Wild by Kimberly Ann Johnson

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve by Stanley Rosenberg

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine



“I was still really clueless about entrepreneurialism, although the experience of applying for all these tiny jobs and juggling them was my first taste in being an entrepreneur, where you’re constantly having to anticipate and motivate yourself and you know, kind of pivot and think very independently and be super organized.”

“And so then I just went down the enormous rabbit hole of learning and researching and taking courses and teaching myself all of that combined to try to figure out how I could do what I was already doing but in a format that would work online as well as in person and give me the flexibility to live different places without the consequences of leaving a practice behind.”

“Through our school system, through our cultural messages, we learn very quickly and very young how to shut down connection to what our body has to share with us, and also how our body wants to express things.”

“And it just absolutely floored me that things I thought were just due to how I was built, had nothing to do with that and had everything to do with patterns of holding back and holding in and that I could be free of that through bodywork.”

“And a lot of shifting out of  stuck place of trauma and distress comes from learning how to follow our body’s lead rather than our mind’s lead.”

“​​So working with the nervous system in the body, typically is slow, gentle and steady work; it’s learning a practice of bringing your attention to your body, of honoring what your body is asking you to pay attention to, which is often inconvenient.”

“It’s actually a faster transformational process, Ironically, if we are willing to slow down and accept that the outcome and the pacing won’t happen according to what our brains want, but will happen according to how much we can regularly return to what our body is saying – And tend to that.”

“I think in the fields that I am in, which are creative and healing fields, there’s certainly a very pervasive idea that charging good money is somehow wrong or dirty.”



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