What is Somato Emotional Release and Can It Help Me?

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What is Somato Emotional Release (SER), and Can It Help Me?

For those of us who may have experienced a traumatic experience, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual we may not realize that the body can hold onto the negative forces. Defensively, as the body heals, it can wall of, or isolate this energy into what researchers call an energy cyst. As the body adapts to this presence, it may weaken or tire, and, therefore develop symptoms of pain, dysfunction, or emotional stress. Many patients do not realize that their bodies have not allowed the pain to dissipate, and suffer unnecessarily so. This is where
Somato Emotional Release (SER) can help.

What is Somato Emotional Release (SER)?

SER is a holistic mind-body approach developed through joint research efforts by John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni. It is a therapeutic process that assists the mind and body to cleanses the residual effects of past trauma associated with negative experiences. Through SER sessions the patient and therapist work toward gaining insight as to how the past trauma influences current emotional and physical health. There is an immense level of trust built between practitioner and patient throughout the process.

What is the SER methodology?

There are three components that practitioners and patients work through during SER. It serves to build trust and allow for healing.


A hypnotic state is introduced and managed in an orderly and attentive manner. The practitioner works toward creating a safe state that avoids overwhelming the participant. The goal here is to measure the emotions and address the ego, hence containing the trauma in the hopes of releasing it.

Energetic Somatic Release

During the sessions, there is a release of painful emotions. Which in turn, releases shock and the self-defending mechanisms that have been built into the body’s musculature and nervous system.

The Corrective Experience

The released feelings serve to legitimize the experience and allow the patient to express feelings suppressed at the time of the trauma. For example, if the patient suffered abuse, he or she then learns to attribute the abusive behavior to the abuser, not accepting the blame herself. Additionally, a patient learns to separate self-identity from unconsciously adapted qualities taken from others. Consequently, they reconnect memories and emotions to events. Therefore giving meaning to these developments that previously were mysterious.

Who can benefit from SER?

SER is a process that cultivates a thorough understanding and releasing of emotional trauma. Some of which may include the following:

  • Violent Physical Assaults
  • Sexual, Emotional or Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Childhood Traumas
  • Traumatic Relationship Issues

Where can I find SER help?

Lisa Manning is a licensed Craniosacral Therapist and a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato Emotional Hypnosis. She approaches every patient with a gentle touch, creating a unique program suited to specific needs. Lisa understands that each body responds differently. The number of sessions a patient needs varies. Contact her to schedule an evaluation and get started on your healing journey today.

A Little About Lisa

Lisa-Manning100Lisa is a Craniosacral Therapist and a Master Certified Hypnotist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa brings a wealth of experience, expertise, warmth and compassion to her work with clients from all walks of life.

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