Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing™️ is a neuroscientific approach to the resolution of trauma. This psycho-biological approach is based on the observation that wild animals that, although regularly threatened, are rarely traumatized.
For Dr. Levine, trauma is in the nervous system, not in the event. In the wild, animals use innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energetic activation associated with survival behaviors (Fight / flight). These mechanisms provide animals with inherent immunity to trauma and allow them to return to a normal state of balance / settling following very painful experiences of life and death.