How Does It Work?
NSI is surprisingly simple, it does not require complex electronic, bio--- feedback devices or invasive deep bodywork manipulations and lengthy talk therapies. We can trust the body, when offered the opportunity, to reveal its needs and find its healing. The job of the practitioner is to offer sensitive attention and presence, along with touch that takes its cues from the client's own physical and verbal responses. There is no "agenda" to the touch offered in NSI. No regimen of manipulation and preprogrammed stroking. The practitioner's hands "ask" permission of the client's body to find those areas where trauma has created blockages or constriction. Once located, the simple presence of the practitioner's hands communicate support in ways that were absent at the time of the original trauma.
The body's response to this presence is relaxation of tension and release of defensive postures. Images, thoughts, and sensations may arise in the course of a NSI session. The client is invited to share these with the practitioner. They are then treated as "clues" and reference points by the practitioner as he continues to provide healing touch and presence. Historical or imagistic content is not the subject of analysis. If stories "bubble up" they are allowed the opportunity for expression, but not treated as material for analysis or used to determine "treatment." Frequent inner self---assessment and real---time physical responses are the neural material the practitioner works with to guide the client's body into healing and self---regulation. Music and movement are frequently used in sessions to facilitate behavioral understanding and aid the process of neural somatic integration®
A traumatic experience shocks our entire body. The way we think, learn, remember things, the way we think about ourselves, the way we think/feel about other people, and the way we make sense of the world are all deeply shaped and altered by the traumatic experiences, which is why it is so important that trauma and the resulting emotions are dealt with and that a person of trauma is helped to release the experience. If trauma is not released the powerful images, feelings, and sensations do not just ‘go away’ instead they are deeply imprinted and are stored in the body’s cellular memory. The following illustration is a map how emotions are stored in the body. (Bodily maps of emotions by Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari K. Hietanen) The active memories of the trauma remains ‘locked’ in the system causing blockages until a ‘trigger’ occurs. When a trigger that allows the person to access the trauma presents itself in the client, the real cause of the original trauma is not recognised and is instead transferred to the Trigger, for example if a therapist treats a client who is storing trauma in his/her body and acts as the trigger for releasing this trauma the client will assign the blame for the trauma to the therapist who has helped them access the trauma.
Neural Somatic Integration® NSI is about Love. “love as a way of being with each other in the world.” Love arises only in conditions of safety and expressing our feelings truthfully. Neural Somatic Integration® is about discovering “Safety” in our bodies. We need this safety in order to connect and interact with one another in loving feeling ways in spite of personal trauma and environmental negativity. NSI® is about finding the safety within ourselves that we need to heal and to support others’ healing rather than living in states of freeze, defense, loneliness and isolation.