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Mari-Luisa Becker is a Clinical Psychologist based in George (Wilderness), Garden Route in the Western Cape. She has been registered with the Health Professions Council (HPCSA – registration number PS0082368) as a psychologist since 2004.

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Life offered me a bouquet of training and individual growth. The following are descriptions of some techniques that I’ve been trained in extensively. However, when entering a healing process, the moment will show us the way…

SHIP® – Spontaneous Healing IntraSystemic Process®

During SHIP®, a process ‘developed/discovered’ by Dr JO Steenkamp, the facilitator/therapist holds the space for spontaneous healing potential to open up. Spontaneous healing reactions lie within various bodily reactions and sensations, as well as the expression of the unsaid; throwing light onto the unspoken or unfelt. It is the completion of new and old overwhelming experiences – spontaneous healing reactions that are on-hold in the tissue of the body, creating various emotional, physical, and social symptoms, discomforts and dis-eases.

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TRE® – Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises®

As in SHIP®, TRE® is based on research over the last few decades indicating that trauma, whether a single incident or developmental trauma, is a physical, emotional and spiritual experience. It changes, and often shatters, our perception of life on earth, other people and ourselves.

Dr David Berceli, international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution, developed this revolutionary technique. It is designed to help release the deep tension in the body during a traumatic experience or through chronic stress. “TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. The exercises safely activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.”

CST® – CranioSacral Therapy®

The following techniques are integrated, where the body’s healing need is palpated and followed by the practitioner. In a psychology practice these techniques becomes especially valuable when emotional or physical discomfort has ‘no verbal cues’ and the body becomes the translator of the ‘story’.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) “was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

As it tends to complement and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction”

SomatoEmotional Release (SER®) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CST® to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. When indicated during the healing process, SER can be suggested to the client to facilitate movement into the healing site; often releasing tension and on-hold spontaneous healing reactions (SHIP® term); completing past overwhelming experiences.

Visceral Manipulation (VM), developed by French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral, is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.

Gentle manipulation of the visceral support system can improve organ function. More importantly, strain can be taken out of the visceral support membranes as a highly effective way of treating musculoskeletal problems.

VM is important in practice due to the embodiment of trauma and emotions, especially in the organs. Creating movement into these on-hold viscera, often leads to a release and enhances the body’s ability to heal and grow.

Neural Manipulation (NM): “French Osteopath Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop Neural Manipulation. A nerve only functions correctly when it is able to move feely within its surrounding structures. By understanding the detailed anatomy of the neural manipulation, one can clearly see the potential for pathological change when nerves are restricted.”