Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.  

NOTE:  I do not offer Somatic Experiencing as a stand alone treatment. It is built into my sound healing and coaching practice as I work directly with the body and nervous system in all that I offer. As a nervous system expert, I can help guide the somatic processing of emotions and experiences that are stuck in the body. 

“Trauma is not what happens to us but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.”

- Peter Levine, PhD

Stress Response & Release

Developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, Somatic Experiencing® is based on his multidisciplinary study of the stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices. The SE™ approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motoric responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body and nervous system. It is a gentle approach that assists in building tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach, helping individuals to create new experiences in their bodies; ones that contradict those of tension and stuckness. This means that healing is about exploring the sensations that lie underneath feelings and beliefs, as well as our habitual behavior patterns.

Dr. Levine discovered through his observations of animals in the wild, that as humans we can become overwhelmed by stress or life events so that we do not fully process or integrate experiences in and through the body. His unique method is a safe introduction into many of the current body-based therapies that are present today.

Stress Response & Release

Developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, Somatic Experiencing® is based on his multidisciplinary study of the stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices. The SE™ approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motoric responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body and nervous system. It is a gentle approach that assists in building tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach, helping individuals to create new experiences in their bodies; ones that contradict those of tension and stuckness. This means that healing is about exploring the sensations that lie underneath feelings and beliefs, as well as our habitual behavior patterns.

Dr. Levine discovered through his observations of animals in the wild, that as humans we can become overwhelmed by stress or life events so that we do not fully process or integrate experiences in and through the body. His unique method is a safe introduction into many of the current body-based therapies that are present today.

Somatic Processing of Emotion

Somatic Experiencing is built into my sound healing and coaching practice as I work directly with the body and nervous system in all that I offer. As a nervous system expert, I can help guide the somatic processing of emotions and experiences that are stuck in the body. Today, my approach to SE is that I use sound as a portal into your somatic experience.

More Information & Resources

A couple key concepts in the SE™ approach are Titration and Pendulation. 

Titration is the “slow release of compressed survival energy”. The SE™ approach focuses on cycles of healing, where a person can sense their way through the normal oscillations of internal sensation – contraction/expansion, pleasure/pain, warmth/cold – but only at the level that a person can tolerate without becoming overwhelmed. This repeated, rhythmic process helps to develop a greater capacity to handle stress and stay in the present moment.

Pendulation is a term coined by Dr. Levine that describes the natural oscillation between opposing forces of contraction and expansion. Somatic Experiencing® utilizes this philosophy to help a client experience a sense of flow in the body and its energy systems.


Video:
Below is a video from Somatic Experiencing International titled "Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma: An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing."

Podcast:
Dr. Peter Levine visits the Rerooted Podcast to discuss healing trauma through Somatic Experiencing.

Books and Additional Websites:
For additional information, you can also check out the Somatic Experiencing International site and the Ergo Institute of Somatic Education site.  Some book recommendations are Trauma and Memory, An Unspoken Voice, Waking the Tiger, and Trauma Through The Child’s Eyes.

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