When faced with adversity on top of trauma you suffered in the past, your autonomic nervous system (ANS), which includes the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system, along with your enteric nervous system, kick into action. All of these systems govern how your body will react to the current adversity. So the automatic nervous system governs whether you will take flight or outright put up a fight. It also governs the freeze instinct that could overtake you. A tremendous strain is put on your ANS. However, somatic therapy's method of treating you can successfully rid you of your depression and anxiety-related symptoms.
Automatic Nervous System Reaction to Renewed Symptoms
Instead of being the self-regulating police it usually is, your ANS becomes clouded and especially so when you've been repressing trauma you suffered in the past. Your body takes the cue and responds as though it's under threat. Subsequently, negative trauma you've suffered in the past sometimes results in your exhibiting symptoms of depression, anxiety, aggressiveness and even shame.
This condition is caused because your body hasn't had the opportunity to fully process the traumatic events in your life. When faced with this condition, it's a good time for somatic therapy to be introduced. The science of somatic therapy is designed to restore your body's mental power ability to self-regulate. Your body's self-regulating power helps you to achieve wholeness and balance.
How Somatic Therapy Sessions Can Help You
Somatic therapy involves your therapist introducing measured small amounts of traumatic material to you during your therapy session. Your therapist then carefully observes your physical responses to the traumatic material. You may be visibly reacting with a shift in your posture or exhibit changes in your breathing pattern among other actions. As the session progresses, your therapist practitioner cautiously proceeds with the therapeutic session so as to deflect any chance of triggering or traumatizing you all over again. What your therapist is actually doing at this point is helping you to employ and develop your own self-regulating strategies.
The Learning Process For You
So you are taught how to enhance your self-regulating ability. You learn about the method of alternating between sensations of trauma and experiences that strengthen and comfort you. The goal is to have you experience the traumatic events in your life in a safe way in order for you to process the trauma. This skill helps you in your everyday living experiences.
Past Unresolved Trauma Leads To Other Disorders
It's safe to say that yes there are many people who suffer traumatic events and yet completely recover from the damages inflicted on them. Some people unfortunately do not find it easy to recover. In the latter case, you could by virtue of unresolved trauma develop posttraumatic stress disorder. Mood swings and sleep problems may follow suit in addition to immune system issues as well. Somatic therapy can bring normalcy back in your life.
For more information, talk to a professional like Trauma Counseling.