What is Somatic Processing:
so.mat.ic; of the body
proc.ess; a systematic series of events directed towards an end
Somatic Processing is a body centered technique used for the release of trauma-bound energy (stress, overwhelm, or hypervigilance) within the nervous system during a fight/flight/freeze response. By completing the fight, flight or freeze response the nervous system regains its capacity to self-regulate resulting in reduction or disappearance of symptoms.
What is Trauma?
Trauma is loosely defined as a response to ANY EVENT that triggers a sense of overwhelm, stress or hypervigilance in the nervous system: too much, too fast. Overwhelm elicits a fight, flight or freeze response. Examples include:
What are symptoms of unresolved Trauma?
Overwhelmed response creates a highly charged state in the body. Because of our rational mind, we inhibit the ability of the body to complete an event to its fullest expression. As a result, the body holds onto the trauma bound energy by compressing it. Physical symptoms are the result of trauma bound energy:
Contrary to common beliefs, stopping a discharge, like shaking for example, does not resolve the trauma cycle. Recent research in the field of neurology and trauma has found that tracking sensation while controlling the activation level in the nervous system is a highly effective approach for both long and short term healing.
How does Somatic Processing work?
Somatic Processing develops the awareness of 'felt sense' through accessing memory, tracking body sensation and dialogue to gradually regulate and safely discharge trauma bound energy. The completion of fight/flight/ freeze response allows the nervous system to regain its capacity to self-regulate. The result is the reduction or disappearance of symptoms.