"If trauma is to be transformed, we must learn not to confront it directly. If we make the mistake of confronting trauma head on, then Medusa will, true to her nature, turn us to stone."
-Peter Levine, PhD, In An Unspoken Voice
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Somatic Experiencing™ (SE ™ ) is a biologically based method of renegotiating past events/periods of overwhelming stress in our nervous system. It helps restore our body's own natural capacity to heal itself and gives us more capacity to enjoy life fully in the present.
During times of stress, the brain sends signals to the nerves for action plans of self-protection. Often, these action plans are not completed either because an alternate plan happened or there was trauma. Not realizing the event has passed, your body is still on hold waiting to complete those plans, and the energy required is on hold as well. Imagine your body finally able to complete those action plans in a gentle, easy way.
Imagine the energy that you could put to use in other ways.
SE ™ is gentle, not cathartic, and it does not require talking about specific events. It works on a broad spectrum of symptoms, like chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, nervousness, etc.
It is not necessary to know the origin(s) of the symptoms in order to help restore ease in the nervous system.
Some people with nervous system disregulation have experienced:
Falls Surgeries/medical events/anesthesia/near death experience Violence by another person Developmental trauma/unsupportive or unpredictable early environments Birth trauma Accumulated stress
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