"The essence of trauma is a disconnect from the self. Therefore the essence of healing is not just uncovering one's past, but reconnecting with oneself in the present." ~Gabor Maté
Deepen into relationship with your own body
What is Somatic Experiencing?
Somatic comes from the root word, soma, which means the body. Originally developed by Dr. Peter Levine, SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® (SE) is a body-oriented approach for healing from traumatic or overwhelming life situations and chronic stress with a specific focus on emotional regulation, arousal modulation, and the biological discharge, release and completion of self-protective responses (orienting / fight / flight / freeze). It helps people to move out of immobility and freeze (collapse/shutdown), into more flow, embodiment and aliveness, which in turns supports us to engage socially and sustain intimate relationships.
Processing trauma is not the same thing as simply talking about it. Focusing exclusively on the story or cognitive content can trigger a highly activated state of survival energy with no opportunity for resolution of the built up charge in the body. Unlike traditional talk therapy, SE emphasizes the renegotiating of traumatic or stressful experiences to achieve resolution and experience empowered triumph and balance, as opposed to finding temporary relief through talking, medicating or catharsis (a large build up of venting of emotion or energy).
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® focuses on:
***using sensory awareness to help your nervous system to settle and re-establish the body’s felt sense of itself
***building confidence to notice sensations with curiosity without getting overwhelmed
***building the capacity to tolerate both pleasure and pain through the skill of titration (taking on one small amount of emotion or sensation at a time until it integrates)
***self-nurturing and self-soothing to support settling and containment
***coming back to your window of tolerance as well as expanding capacity for resilience
***restoring healthy boundaries and connection with yourself and others
***recognizing the tendency to disregard or override your body responses and learning to heed their wisdom
What can you expect from a session?
As a first year SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® student (Three year program), I currently weave SE practices and tracking skills into my current offerings of Structural Integration and Embodied Pelvic Care. We may use SE to explore "stuck" areas of the body during a Structural Integration session or we may use SE to reestablish healthy boundaries during an Embodied Pelvic Care session. SE offers a unique opportunity to become proficient in the language and embodiment of sensations.
In addition to incorporating SE in my current practice, I offer introductory workshops on the nervous system (ANS) and how it relates to unresolved stress and trauma in the body, as well as teach practices to complete the stress response cycles of the body.
"When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself." ~Dr. Ida P Rolf
Integrative Hood River 413 Sherman Ave. Hood River, OR 97031 541.490.4968 www.integrativehoodriver.com email@example.com