If you request, or need, a “normal” massage, I am very happy to this. However with your consent, and when appropriate according to my clinical judgment, I may propose the use of Somatic Experiencing (SE) in our work together.
SE is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is supported by research. It is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviours. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in “immunity’’ to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ‘’charged’’ life-threatening experiences.
Because people have learnt to suppress these same innate survival mechanisms, we tend to lock in these high levels of energy through postures of tension or collapse. A combination of bodywork and Somatic Experiencing can be a very effective way to safely release these survival energies and return your body to “normal”.
How does Somatic Experiencing work?
SE employs awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate” and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma.
> SE’s guidance of the bodily “felt sense,” allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.
> SE may employ touch in combination with massage, or stand alone in support of the renegotiation process.
> SE “titrates” experience (breaks down into small, incremental steps), rather than evoking catharsis – which can overwhelm the regulatory mechanisms of the organism/your body.
We work towards creating feelings of release, relaxation and wellbeing; and specifically in regards to trauma; the relief of traumatic stress symptoms, increased resiliency, and resourcefulness. Like any other treatment it may also have unintended negative side effects, such as sleep disturbances, frightening memories, or unfamiliar and uncomfortable body sensations. These are all part of the healing process and can be worked with in our time together. I will offer tools and information on how the physiology works and is best supported to create more scope for aliveness and a sense of safety.
These sessions are not Counselling
These sessions are not counseling or psychotherapy as I am not trained in those modalities. I do however, apply a range of holistic techniques from my training in energetic healing, and those gathered over 20 years of personal growth work so that we can get the most healing and resolution from the process.
You have the right and responsibility to tell Amanda if you don’t agree to any part of the treatment.
It is your responsibility to tell me if you are uncomfortable with any parts of the treatment. If you have any questions about SE or other treatments, please ask and I will do my best to answer your questions in full. You have the right to refuse or terminate treatment at all times, or to refuse touch, SE techniques, or any other intervention I may propose or employ.
I have read the above informed consent, understand, and agree to it.
Client name (print) /Date /Client Signature .
Please print this form out (PDF link below) and sign the informed consent agreement at the bottom, to bring it to your next in-person session or email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Informed Consent Form (please print)