Dr. John Upledger developed SomatoEmotional Release® (SER®) when he noticed that some physical symptoms would not fully release and heal until an emotional component was taken care of too. In considering how best to assist this link between physical tissue and emotional and mental aspects, he began to draw on a few different strands of mind and body work that could be linked into the work he was doing physically, listening to and following the body’s tissue releases.
SomatoEmotional Release® provides a framework and toolkit for working with the body tissues (‘somata’) at the same time as with the emotions, to work towards a ‘release’ of any retained trauma. This can occur in a myriad of ways and is frequently gentle and creative, as we listen to and learn from both mind and body. SER® facilitates personal growth and helps move from illness, unresolved issues and lack of potential, towards health and fulfillment.
During a treatment, a practitioner may at some point ask about how you are feeling, what you are sensing, what is happening in your body in that moment. Often clients describe images, memories or anything else that they may be aware of. There are a few key signs that suggest there may be an emotional component and by following this, a practitioner has clues as to how to keep this process on track and ensure it is helpful.
A radical change in physical health, whether for the better or the worse, is invariably accompanied by profound mental change. Studies of behaviour and body language reveal that the reverse is equally true – a major change in mental perspective is always accompanied by a change in body activity, posture and movement. SomatoEmotional Release® and the tools of craniosacral therapy combine all aspects of human nature – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – into one approach that can facilitate tremendous change and growth in a person’s life.