SomatoEmotional Release™ (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CST to help a person rid their body of the residual effects of past injuries and negative experiences. SER is based on university research conducted by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger and biophysicist Zvi Karni.
Physical forces enter a person's body at the time of an accident or injury. The injured body may immediately begin dissipating these forces and the natural healing process will follow, or the physical forces imposed upon the person's body may be retained rather than dissipated.
Drs. Upledger and Karni came to realize that very often the body retained the emotional energy along with the physical force, and called this localized and concentrated area that formed, an "energy cyst."
Initially the body accommodates to the presence of the energy cyst, but over time the body weakens or tires of this accommodation, and can develop symptoms of pain, dysfunction, or emotional stress.
SER facilitates a gentle process for releasing tissue memory, thereby helping the person to decrease the adverse effects of past traumas.
There is vast research to show that a change in physical health is accompanied by a change in mental health, and it is equally documented that the reverse is apparent.
SER is a holistic mind-body somatic approach that may also assist a person in gaining insight as to how that held trauma is influencing their physical and emotional health.
SER can support the person transition from dysfunction and unresolved issues towards wellness and optimal function.
The goal of SER is to discover and release the adverse effects of past physical traumas, emotional traumas, pathogenic microbes, excessive radiation, toxic substances etc. from body, mind, and spirit, as well as to facilitate the realization of their effects on our physical, emotional, and mental health.
Most modalities separate body and mind, offering either physical therapy or psychotherapy. It is known, however, that a radical change in physical health, for better or worse, is always accompanied by mental change. It is also known from studies of behavior that the reverse is equally true – a significant change in mental perspective is always accompanied by a change in body activity, posture, and movement. Body and mind are inseparable and actually just different facets of a single, unified being.
SomatoEmotional Release provides a gentle and creative framework and toolkit for working with the tissues of the body and the emotions simultaneously, allowing a release of adverse energy or memory of retained traumas.
SomatoEmotional Release facilitates personal growth. It also supports us moving from illness and unresolved issues toward health, well-being, and fulfillment. CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release combine all aspects of human nature (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) into one that facilitates profound change and growth in our lives.