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Somato Emotional Release Therapy


What  is Somato  Emotional  Release Have you ever had a physical injury that seemed to plague you long after the site had healed? That’s not as unusual as you might think. Even when CranioSacral Therapy releases restrictions in body tissues, sometimes a release of emotional energy is necessary to fully discharge a trauma.

In those cases a therapist may assist the client with a Somato Emotional Release.


Research conducted in the late 70’s by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains the emotional imprint of physical trauma. These imprints, especially of intense feelings that may have occurred

at the time of injury – anger, fear, resentment; intense emotions and therefore intense energy – can leave “energetic” residues in the body. These pockets of too intense and therefore dysfunctional energy and emotion are treated similar to foreign pathogens; the body’s response is to encapsulate and “contain”

the dysfunctional energy in areas called “energy cysts”.


Although you can adapt to energy cysts, over time your body needs extra energy

to continue performing it’s day to day functions along with containing the energy cysts. Then as years pass and the body becomes more stressed, it can loose it’s ability to adapt to and effectively manage anything more and this is when symptoms

and dysfunctions begin to appear and become difficult to suppress or ignore.


Through Somato Emotional Release, the therapist engages in imaging and dialoging techniques that can guide the client through an otherwise challenging encounter with long held emotions. The client does not need to analyze the problem to release it. Often the body will spontaneously return to the same position it was in when the injury was first sustained. As the body releases blockages, the therapist can feel the tissues of the body relax as the energy cyst is expelled.


Releasing blockages often enables the body to return on it’s own to it’s

optimal level of functioning.



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