SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma associated with negative experiences. Using craniosacral therapy techniques, it is a modality that focuses on emotional release through manipulation of the body and dialogue with the body.
Somato Emotional Release typically works in combination with a massage therapy, such as cranio-sacral massage therapy. The professional massage therapists provides the physical message, and will ask you questions, or ask you to visualize certain things during the massage process.
They might ask you to verbally express what your pain looks like in your mind, for example, in which case you would verbally describe it – the shape, the color, the smell, the movement, etc. They may also tell you to change that visualization to something else, and to apply that visualization to your pain or injury.
There has been a great deal of research into how the mind works. This research doesn’t just deal with the physical aspects of the brain, but also with the non-physical, non-tangible parts of the brain, such as our thoughts. Thoughts cannot be touched in the physical sense, but they can be measured using high tech, advanced machinery.
With all of the research that has been done, there is still very little known about just how much power our minds have over our bodies, and the environment outside of our bodies. What we do know, however, is that the mind does have the power to heal us, if we develop our minds and use them in that way – without doubt.
It is the fact that our minds do have so much power – although the extent of that power is unknown – which makes this practice work. Numerous studies have been done with this type of therapy, and those studies have found that people who visualize their pain, and then use the imagination to employ the five senses can actually aid in their own healing, and that healing takes place even faster when combined with other natural, non-invasive, non-chemical forms of treatment, such as massage therapy.
Essentially, the health benefits of Somato Emotional Release are the same health benefits that you receive from the other treatment that you are receiving at the same time, but at a faster, more effective rate. For example, if you combine the practice with cranio-sacral massage therapy, you will receive those benefits faster than you would have without the added visualization.
Joint research efforts by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains (rather than dissipates) physical forces, and often the accompanying emotional energy, triggered by physiological, psychological, emotional or spiritual trauma. As the body heals, it can isolate or wall off, this energy into what is called an “energy cyst”. Although a body can initially adapt to the presence of this “energy cyst”, eventually the body weakens or tires of this accommodation and can develop symptoms of pain, dysfunction or emotional stress in response.
The goal of an SER session is a comfortable holistic mind-body approach to dissipate the residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences from the mind, body, and spirit and to gain insight as to how that held trauma is influencing their physical and emotional health. The SomatoEmotional Release process requires sensitivity and expertise on the part of the therapist and a positive attitude and trust from the client. Lorie has had advanced training in CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release and is prepared to help guide you through the process of more deeply understanding and releasing emotional trauma which might include: violent assaults; warfare; sexual, emotional or physical abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood traumas, traumatic relationship issues, divorce, and other more common experiences that have overwhelmed your ability to heal and move on.