Sometimes, massage therapy isn’t enough. Sometimes, you need a more advanced type of massage therapy, such as cranio-sacral therapy. Sometimes, even the advanced therapy isn’t enough. This is where Somato Emotional Release comes into play.
Somato Emotional Release typically works in combination with a massage therapy, such as cranio-sacral massage therapy. The professional massage therapists provides the physical message, and will ask you questions, or ask you to visualize certain things during the massage process.
They might ask you to verbally express what your pain looks like in your mind, for example, in which case you would verbally describe it – the shape, the color, the smell, the movement, etc. They may also tell you to change that visualization to something else, and to apply that visualization to your pain or injury.
Why it Works
There has been a great deal of research into how the mind works. This research doesn’t just deal with the physical aspects of the brain, but also with the non-physical, non-tangible parts of the brain, such as our thoughts. Thoughts cannot be touched in the physical sense, but they can be measured using high tech, advanced machinery.
With all of the research that has been done, there is still very little known about just how much power our minds have over our bodies, and the environment outside of our bodies. What we do know, however, is that the mind does have the power to heal us, if we develop our minds and use them in that way – without doubt.
It is the fact that our minds do have so much power – although the extent of that power is unknown – which makes this practice work. Numerous studies have been done with this type of therapy, and those studies have found that people who visualize their pain, and then use the imagination to employ the five senses can actually aid in their own healing, and that healing takes place even faster when combined with other natural, non-invasive, non-chemical forms of treatment, such as massage therapy.
The Health Benefits of Emotional Release
Essentially, the health benefits of Somato Emotional Release are the same health benefits that you receive from the other treatment that you are receiving at the same time, but at a faster, more effective rate. For example, if you combine the practice with cranio-sacral massage therapy, you will receive those benefits faster than you would have without the added visualization.