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Somatic Release Therapy
for Anxiety, Depression and Stress

What is Somatic Release?


Many people who come to us, old and young, are suffering from depression, anxiety or stress. These difficult states can cause:

  • increased sensitivity to pain

  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)

  • muscle stiffness

  • difficulty sleeping

  • problems with mental processes – such as memory and concentration

  • headaches

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causing stomach pain and bloating.

In most cases an emotionally stressful event/s in the past, such as:

  • an injury or infection

  • feeling unsafe

  • repetitive injuries

  • giving birth

  • having an operation

  • the breakdown of a relationship

  • a difficult court case

  • illness or death of a loved one

  • physical, sexual or mental abuse

led to the development of anxiety, depression, sadness, a pain syndrome or general suffering in the present.​

There are no blood tests, X-rays or scans that can diagnose or rule out any of these conditions.  However, your doctor may offer you a blood test to check you don’t have another condition which could to some extent cause some of your symptoms. In many cases these come back as 'normal'.

Doctors may offer medication such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication and painkillers, counselling, exercise and relaxation advice. In some cases, 12 sessions of talking counselling may be offered on the NHS. While this can be incredibly helpful to some, for others, they may find themselves talking round the problem rather than really facing it so it goes away.

Exercise has been found to have a number of important benefits for people with Fibromyalgia, CFS or M.E, but, let's face it.. does someone suffering from these conditions feel like embarking on an exercise regime?


Jane and Daniel both offer therapies to release unpleasant emotions that may be stored in the body, causing anxiety, depression or fatigue. Jane offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques such as Somatic Release and Mindfulness and Acceptance Practice (MAP) to reduce negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Daniel offers hypnotherapy click here. Both are powerful yet enjoyable ways that can lead to permanent relief of old physical or emotional pain. 


Several recent scientific reviews have evaluated the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) among Fibromyalgia sufferers and support the suggestion that MBSR reduces perceived pain, stress, sleep disturbance and symptom severity. The research supports the use of MBSR for people with Fibromyalgia. Mindfulness-based relaxation and meditation has been shown scientifically numerous times to benefit people suffering from mental disorders or stress, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.

A study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics showed that MSBR was much more effective at reducing - and helping people cope with - pain, anxiety, and depression than ordinary relaxation and stretching exercises. Patients were still experiencing improvements in well-being three years later. In a report in the journal 'Frontiers in Human Neuroscience', doctors suggest that mindfulness meditation may calm the sympathetic nervous system, reducing stress.

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