I’ve noticed that somatic education exercises *temporarily* ease emotional patterns, but that unless the underlying structure of intent (held way of being) is released, emotional patterns (moods, readiness for reactivity) seem to return. Moreover, those emotional patterns may also seem to get worse (intensify) as they get flushed up to voluntary awareness, before getting better, just as soreness sometimes occurs after HSE (Hanna Somatic Education) sessions.
I, personally, have benefitted from the application of principles of somatic education, applied in adapted ways to “the inner being” (subjective self-identity), and have been getting neuro-musculo-skeletal changes that I never dreamed I needed or were possible and which did not occur when doing somatic explorations in those very areas and with the intention to relieve some discomfort.
The limbic system (whom we shall now identify as, “Hannah”) activates all kinds of activity patterns when she gets upset, not just in the Autonomic nervous system, but also in the Central (which involves sensation and movement). And if she’s stuck in an upset state, so is everybody else.
The limbic system is largely tied to memory, the long-term repository of which is the cerebellum, feeling and action being linked together. There ain’t all those ridges and folds for nothin’.
It’s also tied to the reptilian and vegetative activation-response systems.
You can imagine the havoc Hannah can wreak if she gets upset. (They named a hurricane after her.)
So, there’s good to be had by working in the zone that links the limbic system with memory, and that involves acts of attention and intention, inwardly. It’s a lilttle like drilling for oil, and certain techniques help.