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We do not experience trauma with the mind only. The entire body and its systems are disrupted. Somatic experiencing can be one of the most effective tools we have in dealing with trauma, because it engages the body as well as the mind.

This is well-illustrated in this video, which shows practitioner Ale Duarte visiting Japan after the tsunami. He uses somatic experiencing to help the disaster victims onto the path of healing from their trauma.

For more information on Somatic experiencing and other paths to Positive Well-Being, please visit my website.

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Clinical consultant for The Meadows, Peter A. Levine is the developer of Somatic Experiencing, a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma.

Somatic Experiencing is one of the mutiple pathways to Positive Well-Being on which I focus in my Charlotte practice.

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Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the Director of The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

Here’s a great video in which Dr. Levine uses a Slinky to illustrate the effects of trauma and how Somatic Experiencing® can help in the process of healing from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

To learn more about how Somatic Experiencing® and other paths to Positive Well-Being can help you, visit the website for my Charlotte NC practice.

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“Body Sensation rather than intense emotion is the key to healing trauma… Trauma need not be a life sentence… In the healing of trauma, a transformation takes place – one that can improve the quality of life.” – Peter levine

Hard to manage emotions? Feeling numb, disconnected or depressed? Trouble focusing? Chronic sense of shame or isolation? Sleep or appetite disrupted? Racing heart or tight stomach? A sensation that something bad is going to happen?

These can be responses to traumatic experiences, and they can occur not because you are weak or flawed, but because of the way your autonomic nervous system is wired to respond to intense experiences.

Our nervous system is in the normal range when things feel calm in body, mind, and spirit, and we can handle daily stress appropriately.

If we feel a disturbance, our nervous system moves into a sympathetic reaction and we want to fight or flee. Thinking gets cloudier, emotions are stronger, it’s like the “accelerator” is on. If we become stuck on “on”, we can be hypervigilant, hyperactive, manic, panicky, and irritable and experience insomnia and other stress responses.

The “brake” on the accelerator is the parasympathetic nervous system. For example, if our breathing gets fast and shallow when the accelerator is on, we might consciously try to deepen and slow each breath. Strengthening our Parasympathetic functioning lets us balance ourselves and restore our nervous system to the normal range.

Freeze can happen when the accelerator and the brake are on at the same time. Too much of that, and we can get depressed, disconnected, exhausted, and numb.

In Somatic Experiencing work, healthy self-regulation is restored to the nervous system through a variety of tools, including: tracking, grounding, resourcing, and learning to shift and stay. Our bodies are hard-wired to survive, and we now know that our bodies are also hard-wired to recover and heal. Trauma can ultimately hold the seeds of transformation. A balanced nervous system is fluid, available for connection, relaxed, present, and stable.

Somatic Experience

Somatic Experienceing is one of the multiple paths to well-being outlined on my website. My system includes a holsitic and all-encompassing approach to healing and improvement through the body, mind and spirit, through personal, career and relationship pathways. To learn more, visit my website.  Be well.