When you undergo a traumatic experience the experience continues to live in your body. You may even feel it there: in tight muscles, or in a churning stomach.
All that stored, pent-up energy lives in your nervous system, where it causes problems and disruptions. Your body churns out cortisol, for example, keeping you in a constant “fight or flight” state. SRT helps you discharge this energy, rather than holding on to it.
SRT reaches to the deepest levels of your physical response, going beyond your conscious responses to address the results of your trauma right down to your deepest instincts.
In addition to helping resolve traumatic reactions, SRT can help with anxiety and panic attacks, as well as with general stress management. It takes a hyper-aroused nervous system and reduces that arousal to manageable levels.
It’s hard to regulate your own emotions when you’re overwhelmed by the physical sensations caused by a dysregulated nervous system. SRT circumvents the problem by reducing or eliminating these sensations, helping to dissipate the excess energy in your system.
Once your nervous system is regulated better, you can make better decisions, choose to view situations differently, and break old habits and patterns that might be causing you distress.
We work together through an SRT session by discussing a problem you might be having. And we don’t just talk about the problem. We work with the sensations arising in your body to help it complete a fight, flight, or freeze response that may have been interrupted during a traumatic event.
In a session where we use SRT, your body may discharge excessive energy through yawning, tearing eyes, and twitching muscles, helping to decrease the activation in the nervous system and helping to restore the nervous system to a state of equilibrium.
When there is over-activation in the nervous system it takes very little to set you off. One negative comment at work could be all that it takes, where you might have brushed off such a comment under normal circumstances.
This therapy can help you release trauma and stress while restoring a sense of balance. It is a holistic mind-body approach that has been shown to help improve your ability to self-sooth and manage stress.
If you’re feeling unhappy and constantly “keyed up” you may benefit from this therapy, or this therapy in combination with other therapies.