What is Somatic Trauma Resolution
Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR) is a therapeutic process that tracks sensation in the body with the goal of releasing shock that has been trapped due to the individual’s inability to release the shock at the time of the incident. The fight/flight/freeze response is a primitive defensive reaction to perceived threat. It is automatic, causing the body to orient, contract, defend or run from danger.
Sometimes the threat is so intense and life threatening that the individual’s nervous system freezes to enable survival. These responses have a process, often this process is interrupted or because of the circumstances, unable to be expressed. When there is perceived threat, the body creates a potent cocktail of chemicals which ignites the fight/flight/freeze process into action.
Adrenaline is the main chemical, which can get trapped in tissue and fluids and when not released, can produce symptoms. Symptoms can be seen as; anxiety, anger, headaches, disassociation, fear based thinking, sleep issues, as well as a host of other physical symptoms. The instant “on” button to protect the body from harm gets stuck and cannot shut off. Sensation is the language of the body. The therapist is interested in encouraging the patient to follow sensation without giving it meaning, which allows for a gentle release of trapped adrenaline through the skin.