Until recently, many Western medical practices treated the mind and body separately. However, the last few decades have brought a new emphasis on the mind-body connection as Western doctors become more aware of the psychological aspects of physical illnesses.
More therapists are learning to use somatic therapy to address mental health issues with effective therapies such as the emotional freedom technique.
If you're considering seeking treatment for emotional or physical problems, it may be worth pursuing a somatic therapeutic approach.
Somatic simply means "having to do with the body"
Therefore, a somatic therapy of any kind is one that works directly with the body, seeking to enact emotional changes via the body.
It can be used to treat PTSD and other mental health or emotional issues holistically.
Somatic therapy theorizes that traumas from the past cause instability in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). In EFT we refer to this instability as ECHO's of past traumas.
Our body's natural response to threats is vital for dangerous situations, but the nervous system can subsequently become stuck in a state of tension, arousal, or shutdown.
If you've experienced trauma, you may feel both the emotional and physical effects of your response. (Similarly anxiety and depression).
An Advanced Practitioner, Helen specialises in Emotional Freedom Technique with Matrix Re-Imprinting to get your ANS back into balance, releasing "ECHO's" of the trauma experienced.
However, somatic therapy is also effective for people experiencing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, and many, many more conditions.
To learn more about the benefits of somatic therapy, please keep reading.
Somatic therapy is considered to be a mind-body therapy because it relies on the connection between mental and physical processes. After all, your mind and body work together to shape who you are and to create the physical and emotional sensations you experience. So, how can somatic therapy help?
EFT enables you to reframe unpleasant or traumatic experiences, so you can overcome their negative effects on your mind and body. You can also learn to have a greater and more positive sense of self.
Your self-confidence may grow as you reduce your worrying, gain a sense of hope, improve your ability to concentrate, and become calmer and more resilient to stress. From a physical perspective, you may find you become more active, and your physical pain and discomfort may diminish too.
EFT or “The Tapping Technique” is a body/mind method of dispersing emotional issues we wish to resolve. It combines a gentle touch together with mindful and vocal attention to thoughts and feelings.
EFT involves gently tapping with our fingertips on energy points on the hands, face and body while focusing (temporarily) upon an issue we wish to resolve.
It is a highly focused energy psychology method that rapidly releases the emotional impact of stressful or traumatic life events from the body-mind system; events that have often occurred within the first six years of life and which, to the conscious mind are long forgotten.
Working with the subconscious mind to release these threats / fears / negative stimuli and to change our responses to them, we release the trauma and unwanted health conditions that go with them.
Matrix Re-imprinting gives us a fun and fast method of dealing with the causes of the distress as we work with the client's younger self. The client is also given the skills to take home and work with any other issues that come up later.
University of York research into EFT with PTSD and Depression. The emotional freedom technique for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety: clinical evidence.
Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce anxiety and improve communication skills in social work students.
Source: SCIE Social Care Online Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Publication date: 01 January 2017
Abstract: By the nature of their professional training and practice placements, social work students are prone to situations provoking the onset of anxiety. A programme of academic and placement support, termed the ‘Skills Lab’, provides help and support for students to develop their communication skills and prepare for their practice placements and transition into professional social work practice.
Skills Lab evaluations indicated a high level of appreciation, linked with a strong sense of apprehension and anxiety, which some students report has negatively affected their performance.
To address student anxiety, a pilot study using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) was developed. EFT is an intervention, which may potentially be effective in reducing academic anxiety and enhancing public speaking. This mixed-methods pilot study measured participants’ (n = 45) subjective distress and anxiety before and after using EFT.
Subjective distress/anxiety was invoked through a 15-min assignment lecture. Twelve of the 45 students also participated in one-one interviews to elaborate on their experiences of EFT.
Quantitative findings indicated participants reported significantly less subjective distress and anxiety after using EFT. Qualitative findings indicated three themes whereby participants found EFT calming, relaxing and helpful; considered the transferability of EFT in other settings; and proposed some of the mechanisms of EFT’s action.