What to Expect from Somatic Experiencing
Clients remain fully clothed and can be treated either sitting or lying down on a massage table. Physical contact through light touch facilitates the process, but is not necessary for healing and exploration to occur. SE practitioners invite you to sense into your body to notice the patterns of tension held from an accident or from the way you were always spoken to or from a life-threatening situation.
The body reflects experiences and they become an unconscious automatic habit. Intellectually we may know we are safe but the procedural habits can repeatedly warn us that the painful past experience is about to happen again. By bringing awareness to these body patterns, new options can become available and explored. It is difficult to move on from the past when our bodies automatically react as if the past were our present reality. Our bodies will defer to known patterns of survival, even if they are dysfunctional. This prevents us from making healthy clear choices and is the reason why we stay in the loop of poor choices or physical pain and the disease pathway.
SE brings awareness to what is holding us back allowing you to move through the trauma. It helps take the stuck emotion out of the body that is causing the dysfunction in the physical realm. In other ways, SE helps you find emotion that you may not have been allowed to express.
Typically after 2 or 3 sessions clients report states of more calmness, the ability to be in control when they were unable to previously. After 6 or 8 sessions, it is common to start to notice more relief.
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“Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the “triggering” event itself. They stem from the frozen residue of energy that had not been resolved or discharged; this residue remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreck havoc on our bodies and spirits.” Peter Levine, PhD