Have you every had a physical or emotional injury that seems to stick with you long after the site of the injury has healed, or after you have talked through it with a therapist, or after you feel you have moved on from the hurt? This is not as unusual as you may think.
In the late 1970s, osteopathic physician and surgeon John E. Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni conducted research that led to the discovery that the body tissue often holds on to the emotional imprint of physical trauma. These imprints, in particular the intense feelings that may have occurred at the time of injury, such as anger, fear, resentment, leave residues in the body as stored or locked-in energy. This energy is foreign to the various body tissues in which it resides.
Your body often adapts to this stored or locked-in energy. However, over time your body needs more and more energy and effort to continue performing daily functions. As the months and years go by and your body becomes more stressed, your body can lose its ability to adapt. This is when symptoms and dysfunction begin to appear and become difficult to ignore or suppress.
The good news is that SomatoEmotional Release offers a natural and gentle way to release those emotional impacts and accelerate recovery.
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a hands-on extension of CranioSacral Therapy that allows you to more deeply access and release energy that has been stored in your body tissue in connection with to your unique life experiences, perceptions, hurts, injuries, or traumas. Examples of some of the ways this stored or locked-in energy can feel in your body may include emotions such as anger or fear, pain, limited range of motion in a shoulder joint, a tightening of the chest, and so forth.
To help you relax and connect with your body and your authentic self, I hold a nurturing, safe, confidential space of trust and ease for you. With your CranioSacral Rhythm, your body’s intelligence to self-correct and other diagnostic tools, I help facilitate the location of such stored or locked-in energy, track which areas are significant, and help your body release the energy.
If an emotional release is necessary for your body to fully discharge a hurt, injury or trauma, it will arise naturally as memories, images, or emotions that may come to your mind. Sometimes I can help this process by engaging an imagery and dialogue technique that can gently guide you through your encounter with your long held emotions, without analysis. This can help your body to release that stored energy, rebalance and return to optimal daily function.
*Please note that SER is not psychotherapy or psychiatry. It is, however, a wonderful complement and support for progress you may be accomplishing through such therapies.
Source: SomatoEmotional Release II, Study Guide, The Upledger Institute, Inc., John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M, Lee Nugan, M.A., Susan D. Pinto, M.A., C F.P., additional contributions by Chas Perry, Ph.D., and Susan Steiner, O. T. R./L.UI Publishing, 1992, Rev. 2010.