2 thoughts on “The Body is Key in Trauma: Tips from Somatic Experiencing

  • April 28, 2014 at 3:08 am

    The bereaved traditionally sit on a low stool. If you wonder why, consider the relationship between the psoas muscles and shock trauma. When we are startled or shocked the brainstem orders the psoas to contract, curling us over and protecting our tender underbelly. Sitting on a low stool supports the body in the position it instinctively assumes. This probably reduces tension and injury from trying to force the curled over body to sit upright. Allowed and supported in folded up fetal posture the body will naturally unwind and discharge trauma when it is ready.

    Its likely the prevalence of ptsd in our culture has less to do with our traumatic lives and more to do with our cultural inhibition of the bodies natural eesponses to trauma.

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    • April 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Wow, I had no idea. That’s really interesting! And your last sentence more or less sums up Levine’s theory.

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