What is SomatoEmotional
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, the CranioSacral Therapist may gently encourage a
Research conducted in the
late '70s 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 - leave
residues in the body in areas called "energy cysts."
Although you can adapt to
energy cysts, over time your body needs extra energy to continue
performing its day-to-day functions. Then as years pass and the
body becomes more stressed, it can lose its ability to adapt.
That's when symptoms and dysfunctions begin to appear and become
difficult to suppress or ignore.
Release, the therapist engages in imaging and dialoguing techniques that
can guide the patient through an otherwise challenging encounter with
long-held emotions. The patient 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 this occurs, the therapist can feel the tissues of the body relax as
the energy cyst is expelled. Then the body is free to return to
its optimal levels of functioning.