Trauma and SER (Somatoemotional Release)

Craniosacral Therapy supports the body’s innate ability to effect deep healing of physical or emotional traumas that have not found appropriate release.

Sad Teenage GirlResidual trauma from events such as car accidents, birth trauma and abuse may result in a variety of chronic conditions. In response to stress and trauma at the physical, emotional, and mental levels the body’s tissues contract. When unprocessed shock is severe enough the tissues remain contracted and the trauma becomes embodied. Any stresses, strains, tensions or traumas which have been stored by the body in this way, will restrict the body’s functioning and may give rise to health problems over the years.

Something the average person does not consider is post-operative trauma: despite analgesia, when an incision is made in the body, the unconscious mind registers this as a life-threatening event, causing the body/mind to respond appropriately, with the fight/flight mechanism. Unable to “escape”, the body sinks into a depression to facilitate an adjustment to an inescapable situation. Rationally, we “know” that the operation was necessary, but the bodily violation remains contained within our cellular memory as a trauma, resulting in emotional stress and potential depression.

Dr. Al Pelowski (BA MA MSc ND RCST), explains about Traumatic Embodiment and  Recovering from Injury and Trauma with CST: