25 Sep Baby Boomer Guide to Somatic Experience and Traumatic Healing
Trauma comes to us all in some form and at some time – usually when we are least able to cope with it! Trauma for baby boomers usually entails loss of a long term partner, financial difficulties, a fall or injury, adjustment to retirement, divorce or sometimes an unfortunate combination of one or two of these ghastly experiences at the same time which can cause depression, addiction and stress.
Somatic healing can help with all of these difficulties but it can also help with physical complaints as well as emotional ones. The process of somatic healing entails hypnotic therapy. During the process, the therapist teaches the patient how to master the art of hypnotic movement. The body’s muscles are ‘instructed’ to move in such as way as to heal injury. Amazingly, muscle tone is restored along with flexibility and some of the most serious injuries can be treated successfully.
The interesting part of somatic healing is that the patient learns to control the body movements required to heal itself, eventually moving on to self-therapy. The conscious mind moves over to allow the body to heal by ‘remembering’ the conditions required for optimum healing. The process is interesting to baby boomers with a vast collection of aches and pains to practice on!
Somatic healing involves a learning process which begins with being put into a light trance to enable the body to be submissive to the gentle handling required by the therapist. The process is usually painless and not in the least unpleasant.
As the process continues, the patient will be ‘returned to the scene’ of whatever accident or event that caused the injury. The body will assume the position it was in when the injury occurred and the patient might cry or display whatever emotion occurred at the time. Eventually the body returns to its calm state, the patient’s limbs will straighten out and the process will be over. The session is invariably followed by a feeling of extreme calm and pain free euphoria.
Somatic healing can produce dramatic results in an afternoon or require several sessions over a period of time. The healing process may be approached by a person in search of a pain solution sustained by recent, acute injury or it may be the answer to the long term pain of sciatica. For baby boomers, the possibilities cover a wide range of ailments and disorders that might be corrected through the somatic healing process.
Somatic healing has been practiced in China for many hundreds of years. The effects of somatic healing on patients suffering serious injury is remarkable and there are hundreds of success stories that outline the details of seemingly ‘miracle’ cures, yet they are simply the result of the body’s capability to heal itself. The process is fascinating to baby boomers, especially those who are retired and in a position to devote some time to the study of somatic processes.
When considering somatic healing and therapy, take the time to check out the credentials of your therapist and make sure you make a detailed study of references and background before entrusting your emotional or physical health to a stranger.
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