A somatic map is used to help identify where in the body emotions are stored and what they feel like. The body remembers trauma, or as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk says the Body Keeps the Score."
For this exercise, descriptions used in a somatic map include descriptors such as:
For this exercise, somatic map descriptors generally do not include cognitions such as:
This PsychedelicsToday.com podcast covers one veterans experience with psychedelic therapy for PTSD. A couple of things to remember about this episode. Joel was supported by medical professionals for the entire duration of his experience (he was never alone) and there was an emphasis on his preparing for this through a structured workbook.
During the podcast Joel Lambert talks about his 10 years as a Navy SEAL and the toll it took on his brain, from the micro-traumas from repeated gunfire and other weaponry causing his memory, mood, and cognition to deteriorate, to the difficulty of adjusting back to normal civilian life after a decade of living at a speed and intensity normal people don’t understand- a transition for which we, as a society, don’t provide enough time and space. And with detailed description and humor, he tells the story of what saved his brain and brought him back to the person he once was: a trip to Mexico and amazing experiences with ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT.
Some of the websites mentioned in this podcast are below.