ReSourcing™ is founded upon the work of Dr. Peter Levines’

Somatic Experiencing® and is usually combined with

Subtle  Bodywork and  Cranial Sacral Unwinding.

SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA

Suppression of these natural biological processes may lead to a variety of symptoms including but not limited to:

 depression 
 anxiety
 hyper-vigilance
 emotional disturbances 
 shame
 panic attacks
 addictions
 
A dis-regulated nervous system creates the opportunity for countless symptoms and syndromes. A regulated nervous system creates the potential for a reservoir of health and deep rooted wellbeing.
SUBTLE BODYWORK 
The subtle body usually refers to energy fields, channels, and energetic centers that emanate from every living source, transporting and converting life energy. Working with these structures requires subtle attunement and skills of palpation employing multi-sensory perception. Addressing this level of health creates the foundation of physical wellbeing.


CRANIAL SACRAL UNWINDING
Cranial Sacral Unwinding is an approach to healing focused on supporting overall health and alleviating a wide range of medical conditions. It specifically addresses the flow and rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) within the structures of the cranial bones and sacral/pelvic area. Tension may be held in the deep structures of the Central Nervous System. Generally through a light touch and awareness of these structures, the rhythm of the CSF regulates itself and tension is released. Emphasis is placed on allowing the bodies’ natural healing capacity to correct imbalances. Clients generally feel very relaxed during a session and report it feeling much like the pleasant state before sleep.
THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING®                                      
Somatic Experiencing® is a body-awareness approach to healing trauma. Biophysicist and        
Psychologist, Peter Levine PhD, developed this method to help restore the natural balance of a healthy functioning nervous system. He found that talk therapy and other techniques fell short when dealing specifically with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and it’s effects upon the nervous system. Higher, analytical functions of the human brain can easily override or dismiss precious information communicated directly from the body, which is often the level at which the most debilitating effects can be found.

Dr. Levine turned his attention towards developing a means to address the effects of trauma directly. By helping the client become aware of sensations and signals on the physiological level  (a.k.a the “soma” or body) he was able to guide them through the overwhelming feelings of helplessness and loss of control, the fierce residue of a traumatizing experience, back to a state of wellbeing. 

Go to the “Sessions” page on this site for more information about what a session looks like.


Somatic Experiencing: A brief history

Observing prey animals in nature, Dr. Peter Levine noted that they frequently deal with life threatening events and yet are rarely traumatized. He discerned that animals (as well as humans) have the innate capacity to literally “shake off” the effects of these encounters. 

We have built in biological responses to threat, also know as the survival mechanisms of fight, flight, and the lesser discussed ‘freeze.’ When threat is perceived, these biological responses kick into gear. Huge amounts of energy flush through the system to help the person escape by either fighting off the threat or fleeing from it. If neither of these responses seem accessible in the moment, freeze ensues and the system shuts down. Freeze renders the ‘prey’ immobile and numb to pain. At this point in nature, the animal may be assumed dead by it’s predator and left alone. The animal would then have an opportunity to wake from its state of shock and shake off the immense amounts of energy mobilized for its escape. Trembling is part of this natural biological normalization. Its also the first thing we as humans attempt to suppress.

Consider a near miss on the freeway. “No, no. I’m fine,” we say as our hands shake and our legs feel like jelly. What if we had permission to allow these sensations to arise, complete the biological function of discharging survival energy, and then watched them pass?

Like the animal, we would trounce off without looking back. And we would simply feel “alive.”
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WHAT KIND OF TRAUMA DO YOU DEAL WITH?

Whether physical or emotional, all trauma effects the nervous system. According to Dr. Levine, “trauma arises from an event that is too much or too fast for our nervous system to integrate or manage. It breaches our barrier against excessive stimuli and overwhelms our capacity to respond, triggering feelings of intense fear, helplessness and loss of control.”* Anything that has left a person feeling overwhelmed or helpless following an event (or series of events) in which there was a perceived threat can be considered traumatic. ‘Perception’ is a significant piece to understanding the origins of trauma. What is thrilling to one person may be terrifying to another.  Because everyones’ system is different, these factors are completely subjective. Therefore, all clients are regarded on a case by case basis.
  1. chronic pain

  2. low immune functioning

  3. chronic fatigue

  4. disorientation

  5. dissociation

  6. digestive problems

  7. bonding and attachment issues

  1. sleep disorders

  2. restlessness

  3. hostility

  4. rage

  5. headaches

  6. migraines

  7. avoidance behaviors

Categories of Trauma
Briefly read through this list and see if any of the categories of trauma resonate with you in some way. Many people have learned to dismiss certain aspects of their experience as indications of trauma. In others, it simply may not have occurred to them that specific events could have been catalysts for trauma. Give yourself a moment to really check in with your body to see if any of these topics trigger some physiological response. A flush of heat, a tremor of nervousness, or spacing out and losing your place while reading may indicate you have some unresolved trauma in one or a few of these categories. Give yourself some time to return to an easy state of being before carrying on with your activities and know that you’ve come to the right place if you need help resolving your trauma. Also, know that although you may have experienced some of the events described below it does not necessarily  mean that you have incurred trauma. Remember “trauma is in the nervous system, not the event.”* You may have a level of resiliency that registered these events as challenging, but not necessarily traumatizing. 

Globally Physiologically Shocking Events such as:
Electrocution 
Drowning 
Choking 
Anesthesia
High Fevers
Suffocation
Pre and Peri-Natal Trauma including: 
 Fetal Distress
 Birth Trauma
 Early Surgeries

High Impact Events such as:
Car Accidents 
Falls
Head Injuries

Inescapable Attacks such as:
Rape
Sexual Abuse
Animal Attacks

Physical Injury such as:
Surgery
Poisoning
Burns



Naturally there is overlap in some of these categories and this is by no means an exhaustive list. Recognize that the potential for trauma is built in to life. Perhaps no one can say that they have not been overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness at some point in their life. The important thing to realize is that “although trauma is a part of life it does not have to be a life sentence.”* Trauma can be resolved, and may very well be a doorway to the next phase of one’s evolutionary development. If it is regarded with respect and allowed to move the person into this next phase, trauma is no longer trauma. It is empowerment.

Natural and Manmade disasters such as:

Earthquakes

Tsunamis

Volcanic Eruptions

Floods

Epidemics

Hurricanes

Storms

Lightening

Fires

Landslides

Drought


Horrific Events such as:

Torture

Ritual Abuse

War


Developmental/Relational/Emotional (generally ongoing) Events including:

Ongoing Physical,

Sexual, or

Verbal Abuse

Severe Neglect

Abandonment

Loss (of a loved one)

Shaming

LINDSAY JOY GREENE CMT, SEP
Using the somatic experience to resolve trauma, restore strength, and return to the Source of peace.