Resuming the Flow of Life

Trauma Release Techniques

With Internationally renowned teacher: Jonathan Benavides (The Netherlands)


Learn how to utilize essential oils to support

the healing of trauma


In one way or another, we all experience trauma in our lives. A certain trauma is unique to each individual and every individual has had an experience of trauma at least one time in his/her life. Physical, emotional or sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect and denial or even small or big accidents or surgeries are responsible for creating trauma in and during our daily life.


Unfortunately, many people have suffered devastating trauma from an early age and many are still facing the same trauma in one way or another now. We know that there is no doubt that trauma can be an underlying cause of many people's health problems in everyday life. Trauma also contributes to mental health problems like depression, anxiety, fear or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Trauma can create a lighter or heavier emotional barrier to how well we live our lives, even decades later, due to the fact that, after the traumatic experience has been suffered, we begin to associate with ourselves and our beliefs and to the person that we are the emotion that the specific trauma triggers in us and, if we look further, we will see that we can tie the feeling or emotion felt during the trauma to our identity and look for experiences in adulthood, where we can feel those emotions again, hurting ourselves and others. We forget that we are not the trauma, but the trauma is something that has happened to us and it is not part of our identity.


Themes we will be looking at include:

  • What is trauma?
  • What is PTSD and do I have it?
  • Causes and symptoms of trauma
  • What trauma does to your body?
  • Healing the wounds through self-compassion
  • Creating a space of self-love and forgiveness
  • Recognition: Drawing trauma in your body
  • Embodyment: reconnecting with your body and your heart
  • Grounding, being, centering and inner expansion with essential oils
  • Removing emotionally based blockages thru integration and self-awareness
  • Trauma releasing Breath Work
  • De-Compression technique: to let go anxiety, fear and pain
  • Bilateral auditive stimulation for trauma release
  • Homeopathic aromatherapy: working with the soul
  • Body maps for aromatic trauma release techniques

Who is this course for?


Everyone! This course is designed for all who are interested in deepening their understanding of trauma and the role aromatics play in the healing process.



  • Aromatherapists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Workers
  • and Individuals seeking to understand trauma, it's impact on the body, mind, and psyche, and how to work with aromatics in the healing process.


Meet Your Instructor: Jonathan Benavides


Before becoming a clinical aromatherapist Jonathan studied psychology and specialised in autism and communication disorders where, working at the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Child Psychology (Leiden University, The Netherlands) in vertical groups with an emphasis on short diagnosis and treatment of autistic children and children with developmental problems between 5-18 years of age, he got first in touch with aromatherapy while developing multisensorial therapies for autistic children.

He has participated in several seminars, conferences and congresses in aromatherapy, complementary therapies, psychology and music therapy and Jonathan has always been involved in training, research and developing different therapeutic approaches for complimentary and Integrative care.

Jonathan is also:

Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho Master,
HEARTS (UK) Teacher (trained and certified by Ann Carter),

Trainer and Lecturer.

Since 2009 he has been working within the Palliative Home Care system in the Netherlands with the very sick and the dying. During this time, he has developed, used, trained and lectured different therapeutic interventions (conventional and non-conventional) such as:

“Into the tunnel” for autistic children (1987)“Bio-gymnastics, integrating the emotions in your body (1989)

“Ahava, the Reiki of Love”, a new Reiki approach (2001)

“Anointing, a spiritual seance”, an energetic chakra harmonisation (2008)

“Into the Light”, psychological approach for the sick and dying (2011)

“Integrative Reiki, Reiki Usui together with essential oils, electromagnetic frequencies and roses energy” (2013)

“Reinforcing your T-cells”, a holistic immunological approach” (2015)

“Let be free again”, a trauma release aromatic approach (2017)

“Train to the Light” aroma and sound for HEARTS (UK) (2018)

“Remembering and Honouring you”, aroma and texture for HEARTS (UK) (2018)

“Adjusting, a multisensory self-compassionate approach for cancer related distress” (2019)

“De-Compression: the art of letting go” (2020)