SomatoEmotional Release

SomatoEmotional Release

In everyday life we can experience events that have a physical and emotional affect on us.  In general our bodies can overcome these experiences but what happens when it can’t?  What happens when we don’t overcome experiences such as an accident, illness, loss of a loved one, childhood bullying etc?  The experience or trauma can be too much for us to handle at that time, so that somehow it becomes embedded in the tissue. For example, during an accident the energy or force of the accident can enter the body. For some people their body will dissipate the “energy of injury” and normal healing will occur. For others this energy can become embedded in the tissue and become compartmentalised. This pattern can become so great that it causes a pattern of dysfunction in the body. An injury to the lower back may result in headaches, low energy, irritability as well as lower back pain.  An emotional loss may result in a physical pain in the body, tightness to the chest area which leaves you and others baffled as to the cause of the pain. Even though craniosacral therapy can support the release of physical restrictions in the body sometimes there is an emotional component that needs to be released to fully discharge the trauma. These emotional components can be released by a therapeutic process called SomatoEmotional Release. This is done by supporting the client through imaging and dialoguing techniques that guide the client to release emotions that are sometimes deeply held.  During treatment the body will sometimes spontaneously return to the same position it was in when a trauma occurred.  When this happens the therapist supports the client’s body as it has found a therapeutic position where it can release restrictions. SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is an expression of emotion that for reasons deemed appropriate by some part of the client’s non conscious has been retained, suppressed and isolated within the soma (body). The body and mind are inseparable and are actually just different facets of a single, unified being." - Dr. John E. Upledger