Somatic Experiencing is a body-based therapy for the treatment of trauma. Trauma resides in the body as trapped energy, which may have become fixed when the body was over-whelmed. The gentle release of this energy allows the trauma to be released gradually in a controlled manner without the need for the person having to re-experience the original trauma.
This is a scientifically proven technique, which is suitable for helping many types of trauma including those traumas where the person may have no implicit memory of the trauma. Developed by Dr Peter Levine, who discovered that animals in the wild whose lives are routinely threatened by predators are not traumatised compared to humans where the natural release of energy from trauma can be interrupted by social and/or cultural influences although the process is similar. Somatic experiencing allows the person to tune into this natural process.