Somatic Experiencing is, in some ways, just like it sounds: a direct experiencing of the body and its sensations. Where the magic of this work comes in is experiencing layers of sensation and reaction that have been long covered up — perhaps early life trauma. What can follow from "digesting" this childhood trauma can be monumental in one's now-adult life.
(And there is even research — brought to life in like this Scientific American article
, and this one
in Nature revealing how trauma that happened well before you were born could be impacting your life now.)
Irene Lyon is a practitioner of SE, and a thinker and healer regarding helping people unwind old trauma patterns. She was a well of insight for me in this talk. I hope you enjoy; you can check Irene's work out via her link below.
SHOW NOTES Irene's website
, including resources, teaching dates and online programs Amanda Ford's blog: Movement Muse Wikipedia article on Polyvagal Theor
y (the dorsal/ventral vagul, which is of course just two branches but are contained within this theory of how works this branch of the Autonomic Nervous System) Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing work