Director Suzanne Rath offers Somato-emotional release as an addition to our Cairns Craniosacral Therapy for clients who have suffered trauma, whether physical or emotional, as well as those who would simply like to improve their wellbeing. Appointments with Suzanne are limited. To book, call the clinic on 07 4231 9777.


Somato-emotional release (SER) is a specialised branch of Upledger Craniosacral Therapy, designed to assist with managing trauma trapped within the physical body. As Bessel Van Der Kolk has described, the physical body – or fascia – quite literally holds the effects of emotional trauma within it. Without releasing these deeply held emotions, beliefs or blockages within the system, their negative effects can continue and can manifest in a wide range of symptoms from the daily stresses and strains of life, to extreme physical pain and/or mental health dysfunctions. SER is sometimes known as somatic-experiencing however some differences may occur.

In SER an area of tightness or block within the physical body is identified. The patient is asked to call to mind any images that come to them at this time. If appropriate, the clinician will open a dialogue directly with the image. The patient feels as if they are in a hypnotic state, where their subconscious is answering, however they are fully conscious of what they are saying. Craniosacral Therapy and SER both aim to activate the receiver’s natural healing and problem-solving abilities.


SER can benefit anybody with an open mind and willingness to live their best life, free from the burden of trauma. For the purpose of this definition, trauma occurs on a spectrum ranging from mild / everyday irritations, to significant trauma such as abuse and major accidents. For example, often the body treats the beliefs and effects of the trauma of having an emotionally cold parent, or being bullied in school, in a similar manner to how it treats what we commonly think of as ‘more significant’ trauma. SER can benefit a range of people, including but not limited to the following:


SER sessions take place with you in a comfortable position – ideally lying down, however we can do seated – and fully clothed. Generally speaking, your initial SER session takes a similar path to our Cairns Craniosacral Therapy sessions, as we aim to locate and treat blockages within the fascial system using light touch. At some point in your first and subsequent sessions, when we notice an area of tightness or block, we may ask you if an image comes to mind. It’s important to be aware that not everyone will ‘see’ an image immediately and this is fine – we can achieve significant treatment gains without you or the therapist speaking at all. Similarly, the image you ‘see’ may seem silly to you – for example, it might be an inanimate object. If it feels appropriate for you to speak, as this inanimate object, to the therapist, please do so – otherwise, SER should not be forced.

After the session, should you go into SER, you may experience a feeling of new knowledge gained, lightness, or answers to problems which you previously couldn’t solve. If you simply experience Craniosacral Therapy, you will still have a lot of the healing benefits of this treatment

What Else Can Help Me?

We have a range of registered, degree qualified Allied Health providers who can support you on your journey to mental and physical wellbeing. Our team members have an array of special interest areas which include, but are not limited to:

  • Naturopathy for diet, genetics and lifestyle assessment.
  • Respiratory consults for specialised breathing practices.
  • 1;1 Strength & Conditioning or group exercise sessions for physical wellbeing.
  • Massage and myotherapy for pain management and relaxation.
  • Occupational Therapy for activities of daily living strategies.

Cairns Allied Health Services

At Wellness Embodied we treat the whole person, not just a body part. Our team of Cairns Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologist and Remedial Massage therapists, look at all pathways to provide best outcomes for every client.

We specialise in individualised and comprehensive assessment and treatment, developing customised plans to support you on your journey of healing and wellness. We provide hands on therapy and evidence-based rehabilitation in our private treatment rooms


Appointments with Suzanne are limited and can only be booked by calling the clinic on 07 4231 9777 or

Due to the fact that our Director Suzanne and our Senior Clinicians all have patient wait lists, we do request full pre-payment of treatment sessions with these members of our team. Sessions can be rescheduled with 24 business hours notice, however no-shows or cancellations in under 24 hours may forfeit their treatment fee.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept DVA referrals for Somato-emotional release. Workcover, NDIS and other third party billers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Our Cairns Somato-Emotional Release Therapist

Suzanne Rath - Director & Lead Physiotherapist

Suzanne’s areas of interest include Craniosacral therapy, TMJ, Headaches and Concussion. Her books are currently closed to new clients, however, we can recommend the right member of our team to assist you.

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