Have you ever had a physical injury that seemed to plague you long after the site had healed? It’s not as unusual as you might think. Even when CranioSacral Therapy releases restrictions in body tissues, sometimes a release of emotional energy is necessary to fully discharge a trauma. In those cases, the CranioSacral Therapist may gently encourage a SomatoEmotional Release.
In the 1970s research was conducted by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Zvi Karni that led to the discovery that the body often retains an emotional imprint of the physical trauma. These imprints, especially intense feelings that may have occurred at the time of injury, i.e. anger, fear, resentment etc., leave residue in the body in areas called “energy cysts.”
Although you can adapt to energy cysts, over time your body needs extra energy to continue performing its day-to-day function. Then as years pass and the body becomes more stressed, it can lose its ability to adapt. That’s when symptoms and dysfunctions begin to appear and become difficult to suppress or ignore.
Through SomatoEmotional Release, the therapist engages in imaging and dialoguing techniques that can guide the client through an otherwise challenging encounter with long-held emotions. The client does not need to analyze the cause of the trapped emotion in order to release the energy cyst. Often the body will spontaneously return to the same position it was in when the injury was first sustained. As this occurs, the therapist can feel tissues of the body relax as the energy cyst is expelled. Then the body is free to return to its optimal levels of functioning.