The word "Somatic" comes from the Greek word "Soma" which means "the living body in it's wholeness" - structure, nervous system, posture, movement, breath, sensations, energy, and emotions.
What is somatic experiencing?
Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter Levine, is a body based approach that uses somatic (body) awareness to rebalance the nervous system and resolve trauma. Somatic Experiencing is considered to be a "bottom up" approach because it starts by attending to the body. SE is a powerful adjunct to bodywork, occupational therapy, and coaching.
“Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the event itself. They arise when the activation, mobilized to meet an extreme or life threatening event, is not fully discharged and integrated. This energy remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds”
Trauma is far reaching. It can be caused by accidents, injuries, surgery, toxic exposures, falls, serious illness, immobilization, difficult births, high levels of stress and toxicity during gestation in the womb etc. Trauma is essentially anything that overwhelms the nervous system.
Symptoms of trauma include:
Somatic Experiencing is a gentle approach for resolving and discharging unresolved survival energies. This is done by having the client attend to body sensations to rebalance the nervous system. SE is non cathartic and present oriented. SE works with the innate body intelligence to help resolve the effects of trauma, thereby bringing organization and integration to the mind/body/brain.
- Be more focused and centered
- Learn to be more present in the world
- Release of stress and tension patterns
- Rewire your brain and nervous system
- Improve health and vitality
- Decrease stress and raise "life energy"
- Reconnect to the source of health, creativity, and wellness.
Walter completed a three year training program in Somatic Experiencing with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
He integrates SE with Bodywork, Coaching, and Occupational Therapy.
**Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Education are NOT a replacement for mental health counselling or Psychotherapy but rather a powerful adjunct.