- Nancy Blume, MA Licensed Psychologist
All the sensations felt on and in the body are forms of communication
"It is through sensory storage and messaging that the body communicates. It holds many keys that help in identifying, accessing and resolving traumatic experiences" (Rothschild, 2000).
According to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a somatic, body-focused therapy, everything we experience and all the sensations felt on and in the body are forms of communication needing to be expressed.
Think of your triggers as a google translator to know what is happening on the inside. In order to offer relief, we want to notice what is happening, and then process and release the experience on a mind and body level (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Ogden, Minton & Pain, 2006).
Step back, NOTICE the sensation...
Stay in the present
Safe awareness/feet on the ground, straight posture
Bring yourself to present safety awareness
Then experience the sensation
If shaking, let yourself shake; if crying, let yourself cry; vocalize what you want to say
Deeply breathe putting your hands where you experience the sensation and tension