Somatic Emotional Release
Somatic Emotional Release uses and expands on the principles of Cranial Sacral Therapy, to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of emotional trauma. If you have experienced trauma and were unable to process the pain either physically or emotionally, you may have retained the memory of the strong emotions in specific body parts, regions or viscera.
Cells, muscles, fascia, bone, connective tissue, organs etc. are able to store the energy of specific emotions related to the remembered experienced trauma. When suppressed emotions are stored in your body it’s impossible to fully heal from the original trauma.
How Somatic Emotional Healing Works
During a Somatic Emotional session you may re-experience the unpleasant memories and feelings (such as pain, fear, anguish, anger, resentment), of the original accident or trauma. This may happen during your treatment or within a few days following your session. The re-experiencing of the negative aspects of the original trauma is a very good sign that the treatment has released at least a part, if not all of the retained pain. It is best to concentrate on the memory and try to re-experience it to the fullest extent possible. Once this occurs then the destructive negative energy can be converted to positive constructive energy. The end results of Somatic Emotional Release therapy can be powerful and transformative.
Normally a Somatic Emotional Release will occur when you feel comfortable and are ready for the release to occur. It doesn't happen if someone is not ready for this type of strong emotional release. The process can also be stopped if your are in the middle of a Somatic Emotional Release and it's too much for you.
Dr. Zevi and Dr. John Upledger worked together as researchers in the Department of Biomechanics at Michigan State University developing the concept of SER from 1977 to 1980.