Passive somatic release blends many pain-relieving modalities to create a system that works for many people where other therapies have not. In passive somatic therapy, the therapist’s hands are directly placed on the client’s body on the area of pain to tap into the client’s body. The client’s body will ‘tell’ or direct the practitioner how to gently move the area that is affected. The gentle movements that take place are most effective to break the cycle of pain (without creating pain that most modalities create). The body naturally releases when it is moved to where it wants to go. This is also called unwinding.
Passive somatic release is extremely gentle yet it can release an area of pain so intensely that the body will naturally realign its own structure and balance. The areas of pain that have been there for months or years are finally released causing great relief. Many times these benefits generally continue after the session is finished.
With passive somatic release, it is very important that the practitioner teach the client how to breathe properly. This very easy breath work facilitates the release of tension and stress in the body. The release obtained from the combining breath work and passive somatic release go hand-in-hand to help the client experience relief.
This duel technique is very effective for recovering from injuries, surgery, and stress. It aids the recovery by reducing muscle tension, soothing the joints, increasing flexibility and range of movement, improving circulation, and relaxing the entire body.