The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
SE offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.
Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict.
The Somatic Experiencing® approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
– source Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
What does integration mean?
If you have taken part in a healing journey with the help of medicines that help your body and soul, integration may be something you can benefit from.
Integration means accepting the learning that has happened to you, what you have experienced in those sessions with energetic medicine, and inviting them fully into your own body.
Integration arguably means coming to terms with your own worth.
In some situations, visions and ideas can be so rich and complex that they overwhelm those who experience them. Even if it felt right then and there, and one saw clearly the solution to one’s challenges, everything can quickly revert to old patterns. In many cases, this is because one has not managed to let the healing and understanding properly sink into one’s own body. Everything has happened only on the mental plane.
Integration means learning to store the healing into one’s cells, one’s tissue, one’s heart. Mental learning is superficial and fades away quickly.
Integration can happen in various ways depending on who you are, what your needs are, and not least what you bring into the therapy room as energy.
Delving into oneself with the help of inner journeys with ancient medicines is without a doubt an act that requires courage. It takes at least as much courage to dive into the integration of these journeys.
The Inner Labyrinth is created on and lives with ceremony and ritual as its cornerstone.
All the therapeutic work that Martin practices is based on ritual and ceremony, whether you see it or not.
Martin has been working as an apprentice since 2018 with his teachers – experienced healers who have gathered knowledge from years of apprenticeship in countries with Meso- and South American cultural heritage and healing practices.
Martin is originally from south-east Bulgaria and his family descends from those territories in the south and east of Europe where pagan cultures thrived and had a long history of ritual and ceremony as a way of life.
If you have a calling to experience ritual and healing in a safe ceremonial setting, the services of The Inner Labyrinth may be for you.