Somato Respiratory Integration™
Imagine a “quantum” tool kit of simple, easy to practice exercises that helped you heal pain, transform stress, get “in the zone”, feel great, and have more energy than you thought possible? Can you imagine getting to know yourself, your personal rhythms, and your body in a deeper, more loving way? Have you considered the possibility of learning tools that can enable you to experience sustainable, lifelong personal transformation? Somato Respiratory Integration™ (SRI) is a system that facilitates the experience of greater wholeness, connection and self-awareness within the vessel of the body.
Somato (Body) Respiratory (Breathing) Integration™ is a simple yet profound tool designed to offer you new options in your experience of your body and your personal healing. This powerful technique cues the most evolved parts of the brain to become more aware of and responsive to the body. As the connection between the mind and the body deepens through the modality of SRI, you become more attuned to your own body’s rhythms and inner wisdom. As the awareness of the body’s natural rhythms grows through focused attention, gentle breath, movement, touch, and dialogue, you naturally begin to experience a greater sense of connection, relaxation and well-being.
Often times individuals exposed to SRI report reduced tension and restriction in their bodies, greater range of motion and emotion, as well as improved connection to self, others and their community. People also report that their perspectives and patterns of thinking about their life and relationships change via the use of SRI. Enhanced feelings of joy, improved concentration, and increased self-confidence can begin to emerge.
Current neuroscience research is showing us that stress, difficult life experiences and feelings not only rest in the brain, but also in the physical body. For example, Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, author of “Health and Healing” says, ….”painful experiences, emotions and memories can find their way to the musculature and simply remain there as frozen patterns of energy.” The mind and the body cannot be separated and are wholly interconnected. The protocol of SRI helps individuals gently and safely connect to their bodies in a way that can facilitate a biological and emotional ‘shift.’
In this sense, SRI impacts how the sympathetic nervous system, associated with the flight or flight response, responds to difficult past or current situations (i.e. stress, trauma, loss). SRI facilitates healthy reorganization of the nervous system and thus helps people safely and naturally draw upon and develop improved strategies and resources when they face difficulties in their life. SRI is not meant to serve as a replacement for any treatment sought to address specific emotional, physical or biological symptoms or illnesses.
SRI is meant to be an easy-to-use self-help tool that leads one to experience heightened somatic (body) awareness. There are 12 stages of healing associated with the SRI protocol, with specific exercises utilized during each stage to promote greater awareness and connection in the body. Each stage builds upon the last and no one stage is ‘better than’ any other stage. The 12 stages and the associated exercises are taught and explored gradually as you advance through the levels of Network Spinal Analysis care.
SRI is a powerful body awareness tool alone, but it is frequently utilized by Network Chiropractors as a means to more effectively and more quickly advance practice members through levels of care. The depth of body-mind transformation that has the potential to occur when one is receiving both NSA and SRI care cannot be overstated. The combination of the 2 modalities truly deepens and expands your awareness of your body’s innate wisdom. Many Network Chiropractors partner with an SRI Wellness Educator, who often performs individual as well as group SRI sessions and workshops in a Network practice.
Our SRI Wellness Educator, Lynn, is very much looking forward to serving you in our Center here in Charlotte. Lynn is also a highly trained and respected psychotherapist. Lynn had a busy practice in Seattle and is grateful to have joined forces with Dr. Matt Lyon (her husband) in Charlotte, NC.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Donald Epstein’s SRI exercises, you can purchase his book, The 12 Stages of Healing: A Network Approach to Wholeness, which is available at the Network Wellness Center of Charlotte bookstore.