Emotions and the Body
My work with IBS is derived from several schools of clinical trauma treatment, such as Gendlin’s Focusing, Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing and Kurtz and Ogden’s Hakomi. One practitioner, who is working with tsunami survivors in India, makes this observation: “It doesn’t matter what the treatment is as long as people are paying attention to the body and working with the nervous system directly to help bring back self-regulation. And the most self-regulating of all systems are the lower brain structures that govern life in the body.” [Raja Selvam, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute]
This is the key observation. Recently science has discovered the role of the sub-cortex in gaining access to trauma imprints. This is a paradigm shift from older methods of therapy, in which verbal processes are presumed to be the only mode of such access.