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SOMATO EMOTIONAL RELEASE (inspired by Dr. John Upledger)

What Is It?

SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process, the objective of which is to rid your mind and your body of the residual effects of past injuries and negative experiences.

Where Did It Come From?

The concept of SomatoEmotional Release was developed during a three year period (1977-1980) while Dr. Zvi Karni and Dr. John Upledger were working together as researchers in the Department of Biomechanics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Karni was a visiting professor on leave of absence from his position as Chairman of Biological Engineering at the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel. Dr. Karni holds doctoral degrees in both Biological Engineering and Biophysics.

These sincerely passionate researchers were sharing a mutual mission to explore the possible areas wherein the fields of Medicine, Biology, Physics and Engineering might integrate to better serve humankind. This is also my mission!

Energy Cyst- Qi Cyst Formation

The concept which developed as a result of their combined effort is in regards to physical forces which are put into a victim’s body at the time of an accident or injury. These forces may be dealt with by the person’s body in one of two ways:

* The person’s body may immediately begin by dissipating the forces of the injury as the natural healing process will follow its course till completion.

* The physical forces imposed upon the victim’s body may be retained rather than dissipated thus creating a sustained injury.

If these forces are retained, the person’s body must adapt to this deposition of these abnormal physical forces thus creating Qi deviations. The adaptive response is to isolate or “wall off” the abnormal forces so that a sort of “energy cyst, Qi cyst” is formed, it can also become toxic Qi or turbid Qi or stagnant Qi within or around it or as a consequence of it. This Qi cyst represents a localized area of increased particle activity which is synonymous with increased entropy. This means that the ions and molecules in this area are moving in a disorganized and chaotic way and direction and are not able to do their work properly of serving the whole body efficiently.

This situation of localized, disorganized particle activity or Qi cyst formation within the victim’s body produces the necessity for “adaptation” so that normal “body business” such as conduction of energy can be carried out. The Qi cyst therefore refers to a dysfunctional area. Normal body energy must detour around the Qi cyst creating a Qi deviation. The dysfunctional area does not cooperate with normal and vital tissue and fluid motion. The Qi cyst inhibits normal body function by being in the way.

The reasonably healthy body can adapt to and work around these Qi cysts. However, extra adaptive energy is required to carry out bodily function with this area of disorganized and uncooperative activity in its midst. With time, the adaptive energy required for function spent for the adaptive pattern of the body begins to take its toll. Symptoms and dysfunctions begin to appear which become more and more difficult to ignore and suppress.

The name Energy Cyst was suggested by Dr. Elmer Green, director of the Menninger Foundation. I prefer to refer to it as Qi cyst in the context of combining Craniosacral therapy and Qigong. Any Qi cyst can be looked at excessive Qi areas therefore identifying a need to release this excess or purge it.

What Makes Injury Force Result In Qi Cyst Formation?

The most powerful determining factor which causes Qi cysts to form is the emotional status of the victim at the time of injury. When powerful negative feelings are dominant in the victim at the time the external forces are imposed, these forces will probably be retained and Qi cysts will be the result. We have seen over and over again that those people who retain the effect of injuries and accidents are those same people who harbor anger, resentment, fear, etc. regarding the event. Once these negative feelings are discovered and released, the body dysfunction with its related symptoms are free to leave the person’s body.

How Does SomatoEmotional Release Work?

What we observe with this therapeutic process, is that the injured person’s body seems to be driven by “two” minds. One of the minds wants to maintain the “status quo” and prefers not to change anything. After all, life is present and the body is working even though that work may be inefficient and painful. So why risk a change? The other mind is striving for improvement and works at dissipating the cyst, in order to free-up the body of the need for adaptation and regain comfort.

During the therapeutic process of SomatoEmotional Release, I, your therapist am your facilitator in cooperation with the part of the patient, you, that wants to get rid of abnormal and excess Qi, tonify and self-regulate. I become your co-pilot and guide your process with my chiseled therapeutic tools which are, the perception through the very sensitive and gentle touch which is plugged-in with the craniosacral rhythm, my therapeutic intention and the therapeutic dialogue together with your body’s intelligence. As your therapist, I guide and redirect both aspects of your body and mind into the optimal pathways of energy with your body till you can express the Qi cyst out of your body all the way from the tissue memory. Part of my training as a therapist is the ability to remain neutral which enables me to navigate within a person’s process in order to facilitate ease and resolution of any health related condition.

This facilitation is done through the gentle intelligence of my touch and my very educated and trained hands, tuning in to what your positive body would like to do and assisting you in this process. The result is that often your body will assume the positions it was in when the external injury forces were imposed upon it. As this occurs the therapist can feel the tissues of the patient relax as the Qi cyst is expelled. We both can feel all sorts of things, we can also feel heat radiating from the areas which have been retaining the injury forces and we can frequently sense a force leaving the body along the same direction line from which it entered.

You have probably guessed by now that the SomatoEmotional Release process requires extreme sensitivity on the part of the therapist and an attitude of trust and positivity on the part of the patient. It can be a mystifying experience for both parties involved, it really is magical and also very difficult to describe in words, but once the release of Qi cyst has been experienced, it is clearly understood without the need for verbal description. It is quite an honor and a privilege to be a part of someone’s process at this level of experience and always makes me feel really humble to be a part of it.

What To Expect As A Result Of SomatoEmotional Release Therapy

During the therapeutic session the release of the energy cyst frequently results in a re-experiencing of the pain, fear, anguish, anger, resentment, etc. that was attendant with the original incident. This re-experiencing of the negative aspects of the original injury is a very good sign that the treatment has released, at least a part of – if not all of, the retained problem. When this type of reaction occurs you should not try to suppress the pains and emotion. You should concentrate on the memory and try to re-experience it to the fullest extent possible. Once you are very familiar with the whole incident we must then eradicate the attendant destructive negativity and convert it to the positive energy.

SomatoEmotional Release is not always a pleasant experience while it is happening, but the results are worth the effort required to complete the process.


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