"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 EXPERIENCING® (SE) is a potent body-oriented method for resolving symptoms of chronic stress and trauma. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application.
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® focuses on resolving the physiological symptoms of chronic stress and post-traumatic stress. SE differs from cognitive therapies in that its strategy involves bottom-up processing by directing the client's attention to internal sensations, both visceral (interoception) and musculo-skeletal (proprioception and kinesthesis), rather than primarily cognitive or emotional experiences.
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® falls with the scope of practice for licensed bodyworkers as it's focus is to resolve and integrate the incomplete physiologic stress responses of the nervous system. It's not that we ignore the narrative, rather we use it to attune the body and it's responses in the present moment, allowing for potentiated nervous system energy to discharge, and finding greater ease and resilience with in the body.
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