Somatic Therapy often begins with education about the nervous system and how trauma affects the body's physiology. The therapist will then guide you back to your body, supporting you in uncovering and regaining awareness of bodily sensations and related emotions.
Often, the therapist will use a tool called resourcing to help you access your innate strength, build capacity, and cultivate peace in the nervous system. Once you have a better understanding of how the trauma lives in your body, are able to access the related sensations, and have developed resources to support you in moments of overwhelm, the therapist will support you in slowly revisiting the trauma.
This gradual process is called titration and it slows the trauma down to allow you to process it in a safe setting. In a somatic therapy session, it is common to experience sensations in the body like shaking, shivering, or crying; which are considered to be a discharge of energy that is trapped in the body from past trauma. The therapist may also use specific breathing or relaxation techniques, or touch work to help you process and release trauma from the body.
This approach is very patient-centered. The practitioner always meets you where you are at, and will only compliment the therapy with touch work with your consent.