What is Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI)?


Somato (Body) Respiratory (Breath) Integration is a technique used to facilitate greater connection, deeper body awareness, and richer access to your inner resources. Using specific exercises with touch, breath, energy, movement, and focus, we become familiar with a number of different stages of healing. Based on 12 unique states of consciousness, the Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) exercises familiarize us with the 12 Stages of Healing. Each stage of healing has a unique rhythm, internal dialogue, and state of awareness. The stages will unfold and deepen each time we experience them, and will overlap and cycle through us over time.

This technique can be learned by anyone, and used at anytime. They are self-care exercises that can be used in times of crisis or stress, illness or grief, emotional overload or confusion, and at times when we feel that we have no way out. The exercises can also become a method to get to know yourself more fully, in an honouring, attentive way. We may uncover aspects of the bodymind that were before unknown or hidden to us, and learn to be more real with our feelings and thoughts. As we find more of our peace, expansion, tension, and energy, we begin to have greater access to our resources and our resourcefulness.

The more we develop and experience the stages of healing through the SRI exercises, the more they will be available to support us through times of stress, overwhelm, and transition.