WLO® Corps Sessions
Warriors Live On(WLO) introduces Somatic Experiencing (SE) to veterans through “WLO Corps Sessions”. The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
The SE approach offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.
Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict.
The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions1.
WLO Corps Sessions are held two to three times a year and are comprised of weekly classes over a six week period. During the sessions veterans learn how to be mindful of their bodies and why it is important. They learn how their environment interacts with their body and nervous system and how to recognize and use the body’s natural responses to stress as a way to combat post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma.
“Veterans who participate in these sessions open themselves to the opportunities to learn more for themselves and gain the opportunity to help the next veteran”. This newfound sense of purpose is something everyone needs, but especially our veterans who have fully embodied what it is to serve. The chance to serve another veteran establishes newfound energy, hope and reason to live.”
That WLO veterans gain exposure to treatments that do not incite more trauma but work with the nervous system where it is. Veterans do not need to be exposed to their trauma in order to heal it; this is not how our bodies work. We address the root cause which resides in the nervous system of the body, and work the system into a space that it can release. Trauma can be worked out of the body and we can have a memory without feeling that the body is experiencing the trauma again.
Through mindfulness, orientation to the present, noticing what the system enjoys and being able to feel positive sensation is where we begin. Our bodies have all they need to heal and SE lights up those systems within, gets in the root and changes the person from the system up.
Through physical, biological, mental and emotional balance, WLO aims to help each veteran eventually eradicate the use of overly prescribed medications, reduce or eliminate predominate symptoms of PTSD, and drastically decrease anxiety and depression. Social engagement, health in the family and relationships that surround the veteran is a premiere measure of seeing a veteran thrive.
When are WLO Corps group sessions ?
OI Corps sessions are free for combat veterans and are held two to three times a year. For information on upcoming sessions or if you would like to participate, contact Eva Belanger to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Content originally appears on the SE website at: traumahealing.org