6. Co-Regulation & Self Regulation
Co-regulation describes how we control our emotions when we are interacting with another person. In attachment-focused therapies, the therapist uses mirror neurons to assist the anxious or disengaged client in calming down. Our ability to control our emotions is improved when we feel connected to another person’s sense of warmth, compassion, and stability.
7. Titration & Pendulation
Sensations in the body are a common way for trauma, panic, anxiety, terror, anger, frustration, and depression to be expressed. We might experience extreme heat, confinement, freezing, disconnection, or total loss. When you go into those kinds of experiences and feelings head-first, they won’t move you because you face the risk of drowning and re-traumatizing your body and mind. ‘
8. Act of Triumph
Pierre Janet popularized the phrase “an act of triumph,” and later, Peter Levine and Pat Ogden frequently used this idea in their work with somatic experience and sensorimotor learning. This phrase refers to a traumatic incident or an instance where the body needed to defend itself but was unable to do so.
It usually starts with an initial movement, a sensation that moves up or down a section of the body, or an emotion that develops and then gradually starts to lessen. This process is known as sequencing. It works like a chain reaction where a few dominoes fall into place and, once that happens, the rest of the body follows suit. For example, abdominal tension may start by spreading to your upper body and feeling tight in your chest before feeling like your arms are heavy.
10. Boundary Setting
When it comes to healing, boundaries are a fundamental aspect of the task. You will become aware of the boundaries you are inadvertently establishing, both verbally and nonverbally, when you approach boundaries from a somatic perspective. In our session, we may practice utilizing verbal cues like “YES,” “NO,” “STOP,” and “OK,” as well as feeling what it’s like to convey limitations through movement and nonverbal indicators. One of the best ways to feel safe and secure in your skin and in everyday encounters is to set limits.