Somatic Experiencing is a profound and effective method of healing trauma. When people experience trauma, the body freezes in time in a highly activated, incomplete biological response. It's like a snapshot of our unsuccessful attempt to defend ourselves in the face of threat, injury and loss.
When we're unable to discharge the energy created to let us fight or flee, the energy becomes stuck in specific patterns of neuromuscular readiness or collapse. We can get caught in an over-activated or under-activated state, causing a wide range of symptoms.
Developed by Peter Levine, author of "Waking the Tiger", Somatic Experiencing (SE) helps people find new, empowered body experiences to contradict the patterns established by trauma. SE uses education and awareness of the body's sensations to help find again the body's natural rhythm, inner regulation and wholeness. One returns to a state of empowerment, harmony and compassion.