somatoemotional-releaseWhat is SomatoEmotional® Release?

SomatoEmotional Release® is a therapeutic process designed to rid your mind and body of the residual effects of past injuries and negative experiences (trauma). This procedure is typically an integral component of your CranioSacral session..

Trauma is a fact of life. Most of us, not just soldiers and victims of abuse or attack, have been traumatized. Natural disasters, accidents, falls, serious illness, high levels of stress, sudden loss of a loved one, surgeries, medical and dental procedures, exposure to violence, childhood neglect and abuse, difficult births are some sources of trauma.

Not all traumatic events will create symptoms. Symptoms of unresolved trauma can include:

  • Panic or Anxiety
  • Hypervigilance
  • Dissociation
  • Chronic pain (of all Kinds)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Chronic Tension
  • Addictions (of all Kinds)
  • Migraines
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • And many others

SomatoEmotional Release® is an effective way to prevent chronic problems from developing, or to release the cause once discomfort or illness has set in.

Where did it come from?

The concept of SomatoEmotional Release® was developed during a three year period (1977-1980) while Dr. Zvi Karni and Dr. John Upledger were working together as researchers in the Department of Biomechanics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Karni was a visiting professor with the department on leave of absence from his position as Chairman of Biological Engineering at the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel. Dr. Karni holds doctoral degrees in both Biological Engineering and Biophysics.

Their mutual research mission was to explore the possible areas wherein the fields of Medicine, Biology, Physics and Engineering might integrate to better serve humankind.

Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue

“When we incorporate the recognition of the mental images that form, and then talk with these images, we multiply the power of the facilitative treatment and self-healing process by at least a factor of two. The incorporation of image recruitment and talking with the image may be, at first, awkward for both patient and therapist. But once it is begun, it almost always flows smoothly. This is not psychotherapy or psychiatry. The therapist simply supports and mildly encourages the patient’s nonconscious to come forward and let the patient know what goes on beneath the surface. The therapist is encouraging the patient to embark upon a process of self-realization and integration.”

-John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.

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