The One Center Austin practices and teaches the benefits of Somatic Experiencing (SE™). SE is a form of healing designed to relieve and resolve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress injury and other mental, physical, and spiritual trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s real and perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is essential to transforming dis-ease and the wounds of emotional trauma by working with the nervous system (think: flight, fight, or freeze response). The beautiful thing about SE is that it does not require the traumatized person to re-tell or re-live the traumatic event.
The Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) facilitates the client through the stages of trauma resolution during face-to-face sessions. The SEP helps the client by promoting awareness and release of physical tension that remains in the body as part of the aftermath of trauma. The physical tension or “stuck-ness” occurs when the survival response (arousal cycle), which can take the form of orienting, fight, flight, or freeze of the autonomic nervous system, continues a pattern where the immobilized energy is not released and fully discharged.
The arousal cycle, the part of the body that signals that everything is okay or not, activates and communicates to the body how to take action. Often, however, this arousal cycle is ignored or not trusted, which further complicates the trauma pattern. The individual then needs support to release the survival responses that they may be experiencing. Examples of these symptoms can include:
- Physical symptoms – headaches, digestive issues, or muscle tension
- Mental symptoms – lack of concentration, spacy thoughts, “monkey mind”
- Emotional symptoms – feeling out of control, easy to anger, crying for no reason
- Spiritual symptoms – lack of purpose, no will to live, no hope
Through SE, an individual can resolve these symptoms. In addition, after a series of SE sessions many individuals report feeling alive and experiencing greater resiliency.