two dolphins holding their heads out of the water, Somato Emotional Release Therapy for pain relief

Pain relief is experienced when something releases.  Physical relief is the most common experience of pain relief.  For instance, my leg hurts, so the tissue surrounding the sciatic nerve is released.  Pain relief can also be achieved emotionally and mentally! Cranio Sacral Therapy can help with pain relief. Somato Emotional Release is a therapy used by advanced CranioSacral Therapists.  Profound healing can happen in one session, but long term healing, pain relief and the release of pain and dis-ease happens over time. 

It’s not a one-and-done. Just like psychological therapy isn’t a one-and-done.  You cannot go into your therapist or coach with one problem and think that everything is handled.  That’s like putting a band aid on cancer.  You might stop the external bleeding, but it’s not getting at the root cause. Your healing process is something that you commit to long-term, because you actually want to resolve what’s going on inside of you.

You do it because you actually want to release your disease and find relief for your pain, you actually want to be your full expanded self.  People who come to Cranio Sacral Therapy realize that it’s a journey not a destination.  They are happy to experience the release.  When they experience release, they set themselves free!  For that reason, they begin to realize that every time they come, something wonderful is going to happen.

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Day One of the Somato Emotional Release: Finding Pain Relief

I am lying face up on the table with my clothes on …

The two therapists have their hands on me. They weren’t doing anything special, and I felt my legs starting to twitch. I had no idea what was going on.

First, my right leg pulled up into my chest.  Then felt myself turning over on my side, like I was in the fetal position. As the experience continued, my legs were beside me curled up, and my chest was on the table now.

I started to feel a lot of fear.

baby holding his mom's finger for pain relief

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My fists squeezed really tight, I started crying, and my face pulled back really tight. I experienced one of the therapists feeling really, really safe. The other therapist seemed to be holding too hard or moving too much.  Due to her touch, it felt like it was taking me out of my process. Yet, at the same time in contrast, seemed to be triggering the process and helping me along.

In the end, I just decided to trust and go with it, because that’s the idea of Somatic Emotional Release and Cranio Sacral Therapy.

I learned in Cranio Sacral therapy, that the idea is to trust myself, trust my therapist, and similarly, trust my inner wisdom. 

All of this is working out for my healing.

Every Cranial Sacral Therapist, especially by the time they’ve gotten to Somato Emotional Release, has learned to trust her inner wisdom when working with clients

My next decision was to trust my therapist and her wisdom, while in the midst of feeling unsafe.

Certainly, you want to make sure that whoever you’re using as your therapist has done a lot of personal work, because the best tool that a therapist can bring to the table is her own personal work.

So, I flip back over on my back so they could start again, since the process had been interrupted.

My Knees are in My Chest … the Somato Emotional Release is Starting

Immediately, my knees both curl up into my chest, my elbows bend.  I make the fists again. My face goes stretched out, my teeth are clenched, my chin is stretched out and finally, I start crying.

I’m thinking in my mind’s eye, “wow this is really cool!  I’m having an emotional release!” 

Meanwhile I’m on the table crying and completely contracted.

My whole body starts shaking and shivering, and I start thinking in my rational mind, what the heck is this?

I don’t know what this is?

I don’t like this.

Using Inner Wisdom for Pain Relief

During this session the instructions were to stay silent and just use inner wisdom to do the work.

What was neat and exceptional about that was that I didn’t know why I was having this emotional release.  Because we weren’t talking, I  didn’t know what it was about.

I just suddenly knew I didn’t want to do it anymore. I felt like it was going to go on and on forever.

I decided to take myself out of the process, knowing that I would be going back the next day.

This is something that clients do during Cranio Sacral and Somato Emotional Release sessions. 

Our Ego is Getting in the Way of Healing

two man having their wrist crossed and trying to pull the other one over, pain relief, how the patient's inner wisdom can guide their healing process

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As a client, it’s very common for our rational mind (our logical mind, or our ego) to get in the way.  We do not want to feel all those feelings or energy.

Quite frankly, and most noteworthy, the job of the ego is to keep us from feeling all of that.  It’s job is to keep the status quo, to keep us comfortable.

The problem with keeping the status quo and staying comfortable, is that we never grow.

  • Some people are just too scared to get curious.
  • And for some people it takes a horrible disease to bring them to the table.
  • Some people come because they want to raise the consciousness of the planet.  They know that healing themselves heals the planet.

There are a long list of reasons why people come to the cranio sacral therapist’s table.

My Inner Wisdom is in Charge to Find Pain Relief

My experience was perfect, and it set me up exactly where I needed to be for day 2. I found myself judging myself for stopping early, but then I realized, everything is perfect.  At that point, I let myself get back in the flow.

I wouldn’t know until the next day that I needed to be unfinished for what was coming …

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Sometimes, the something wonderful happens much much later.  But the inner wisdom is in charge.

Learning to trust my own inner wisdom in the process allows me the opportunity to continue to grow.  I have a desire to want to go back the more I learn to trust myself. It’s amazing to have a facilitator for pain relief. It’s very different than doing work at home all by yourself.

Check out what happened on day 2!

Heather HundhausenOver the years, I have been a serial learner and practitioner, taking in information about psychology, religion, spirituality, science, medicine, quantum physics, relationships, parenting, and overall, general happiness and work-life balance.  I’ve been fascinated in what it takes to and have created my life of pure joy, happiness, balance and peace. It is my mission to spread what I have learned and practiced to you in ways that are simple to understand and easy to implement.  I have served people in achieving realignment in their bodies, relationships and purpose for over 20 years.  If you liked this article and you want to read more, please visit one of the links below: