WHAT IS SOMATOEMOTIONAL RELEASE?
SomatoEmotional Release (or SER) is a body-mind technique which allows not just mechanical or body memories to be released, but sometimes significant emotional components as well.
It’s worth mentioning briefly how SER came about. Dr. John Upledger, in his work with autistic children at Michigan State University in the mid-70’s, noticed that many of these children would spontaneously move into positions that would facilitate the release of old patterns, memories and situations with an emotional component. These positions were spontaneous, without plan and would sometimes be facilitated by more than one therapist who was present.
As Dr. John investigated further into SomatoEmotional Release in his private practice, he found that dialogue could also be a key factor in the SER process, with the opportunity, when it arose, to speak with various parts of the body, a memory from the past, or even someone’s ‘inner intelligence’ or ‘inner physician’ who basically knew the whole story of someone’s past. Often times, if questioned in a respectful and appropriate manner, this inner physician would help in resolving old conflicts which might have been ‘holding up’, delaying, or hindering the return to complete or full health. Out of this experience of dialogue arose the concept of therapeutic imagery and dialogue, which is an adjunct to SomatoEmotional release.
The key thing to understand about the SER process is that it only comes about at the ‘invitation’ of the client, and that it is useful in resolving, in a very safe way, issues that may have been holding up the healing process of a client for years. SER is the extra ‘piece’ of the healing puzzle which is sometimes necessary for a client to feel fully complete, resolved and at peace in body and mind.
Multihands Therapy came about as an outgrowth of the success of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. As the name implies, multihands therapy involves a number of therapists who may join in the treatment of a single individual. The multihands technique is widely used at the Upledger clinic in Florida, where individuals with challenging nervous system disorders visit from around the world. Multihands therapy adds more energy into a body working session, and is useful in helping to overcome resistance’s or conditions which have been around for a long time and that are particularly challenging. I use multihands assistance at my clinic on an ‘as needed’ basis. It is another tool which helps accelerate the therapeutic process.