Somatic Experiencing is a gentle and profound leading edge approach developed by Dr. Peter Levine to resolve and heal trauma. Dr. Levine was fascinated by the observation that prey animals in the wild though routinely threatened were rarely traumatized. In further study, it became apparent that wild prey animals utilize innate bodily mechanisms to regulate and discharge high levels of energy arousal which allows them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ‘’charged’’ life-threatening experiences.
Although humans are born with virtually the same regulatory mechanisms as animals, these instinctive systems are often over-ridden or inhibited preventing the complete discharge of survival energies which allows the nervous system to regain its equilibrium. This “charged” energy can keep the nervous system stuck in a survival mode causing numerous symptoms, affecting the quality of life and the ability to relax, de-stress and find balance.
Dr. Levine found that the body plays an essential role in the healing of trauma. The key to healing traumatic symptoms in humans is in our physiology. What’s hopeful about this approach is that we do not have to live with psychological scars of trauma or learn how to just manage PTSD. We all have the innate capacity to heal from the effects of trauma when we learn how to harness and transform the body’s primordial intelligence.
Somatic Experiencing reconnects us to our innate body wisdom allowing the body to inform the healing process through guided “felt sense” letting us know what needs to happen in order to “renegotiate” and heal trauma and distress in a non-overwhelming way. This allows us to safely discharge survival energies and to rebalance the nervous system. Individuals frequently experience a dramatic reduction in or disappearance of their traumatic symptoms, as well as an understanding and integration of their process. In addition, Somatic Experiencing offers life giving tools that you can immediately use in your life to self-soothe, nourish, resource and regulate your own nervous system. A less stressed nervous system is more flexible, resilient and able to handle life’s challenges with more ease, enhancing our well-being, vitality and enjoyment of life.
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