Trauma is something we all experience at some point in our lives – but it’s much broader than many of us think and encompasses many different things, situations and events. How we respond to these experiences impacts our physical and emotional well-being.
Somatic Trauma Therapy (STT) is a very effective way of working with the physical and emotional distress that trauma can cause. Most simply, trauma can be anything that is too much, too soon, or too fast for the nervous system to handle, especially if we don’t reach a successful resolution. Animals complete a full sequence when they respond to ‘a danger’ – they notice, react and recover from the threat, but humans often interrupt the process. This interruption of the process means the ‘trauma’ can be ‘stuck’ in our body.
STT helps the body complete a self-protective response and release the survival energy that has been trapped. It is done by helping clients gently develop an increased tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
It’s not the event itself that has caused the trauma, it is the body’s response to the perceived threat which leads to overwhelm and disruption in the nervous system. STT helps you to access the body memory of the event, and not the story. By working directly with the body and the physical sensations, rather than the story of the trauma, thought patterns associated with it can eventually shift as well.