Somato (Body) Respiratory (Breathing) Integration (SRI) is designed to offer you new options in your experience of your body and your personal healing. It educates you to your body’s rhythms and inner wisdom through focused attention, gentle breath, movement and touch. SRI provides you with a means of placing your attention on your body, the vessel of human spirit, and provides a tool for focusing your attention in a way that works for your healing and empowerment.
Somato Respiratory Integration exercises (based on Donald Epstein’s book The 12 Stages of Healing are designed to help the brain to reconnect with the body and its experience. The goal of Somato Respiratory Integration is to help an individual develop lifetime skills, safety, strength, wisdom and love in relationship to the experience of his/her body, its vibration, structure, and energy. Through reconnecting a person’s breath, touch, focused movement and attention, they are able to experience the body more fully and instantly shift their state of consciousness to one that supports trust for the body-mind and their life experience.
Through working with thousands of patients over many decades, Dr. Donald Epstein noticed that there are predictable patterns to the ways that people move and breathe at the precise moments when they are suffering, having breakthroughs or experiencing expanded states of consciousness. Over the years, Epstein eventually categorized a dozen unique, what he calls Stages of Healing, and he wrote a book titled The Twelve Stages of Healing to describe each of them in detail.
Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) is the set of exercises that Epstein developed to help people cultivate the skills to acknowledge and more easily move through these 12 Stages of Healing. The exercises help you use your breath, touch, focused movement and attention to experience your body with more awareness and presence. Through step-by-step processes, SRI helps you shift your state of consciousness and have more trust for your body and where you are at in your life.
Once you learn how to do the SRI exercises, youll have a powerful system for directly harnessing the internal forces of your body for easier self-healing, transformation and reorganization. Virtually anyone in physical pain, or who is going through an illness, divorce, depression, loss of a job or loved one can benefit profoundly from SRI exercises, but SRI is not just for those who are suffering.
The first 3 Stages of of SRI are especially helpful for people who are in pain, or who are feeling depressed, fatigued, helpless or stuck in life. The next 4 Stages of SRI are powerful for people looking for a breakthrough or who are already in the process of making significant life-changes. The last 5 SRI Stages promote more awakened consciousness states, and are designed to help you access and sustain a greater depth of overall well being.
Most people find that regularly using the SRI exercises helps them feel more grounded and present, as well as more energized, confident and creative, therefore we integrate SRI exercises into all of the various programs of care offered by Dr. Mike Cohen.