Research is increasingly recognising the profound effect that trauma has on the body (Van der Kolk, 2014). Therefore, exploring holistic treatments that incorporate a mind and body intervention appears essential for healing. This is the first systematic review exploring women’s experiences of recovery from sexual trauma through engagement in body-based practices.


To contribute to the understanding and development of holistic treatments that encompass a body element for women recovering from sexual trauma.

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