Why You Should Pass on Somato-Emotional Release Therapy

John Upledger, DO

John Upledger, DO

CF writes: “I have a question regarding a therapy. A friend of mine briefly talked about a therapy he recently experienced call ‘Somato-Emotional Release (SER) Therapy.’ I have not been able to find any information regarding this therapy from a Catholic perspective. Is this a therapy Catholics should avoid?”

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The New Age Hijacking of Myofascial Release Therapy

DP writes: “I have had myofascial release done on my neck and other parts of my body by physical therapists in the past. Not by massage therapists, but actual PT’s.  . . . Can you speak of this on your blog, under the name of myofascial release, so that people may be aware of how similar this practice is to craniosacral therapy, and how they have the potential to make one vulnerable to the occult?”

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Craniosacral Therapy

PT asks: “I am writing you about craniosacral treatment. It is a kind of massage, physical therapy variant. In the Vatican document it is not referred to directly but I understand that it is based on oriental “energy” belief system. Would it be possible for you to enlighten me about this some more. People have been asking me.”

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