The work of Paula Niedenthal and others at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the United States provides ground breaking research evidence on the effectiveness of embodying emotions on cognition. The extensive research presented by Antonio Damasio in his book Descarte’s Error in combination with the research presented in his book Looking for Spinoza: Joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain establishes the effectiveness of embodiment on emotions on behavior.
There are a large number of controlled studies that establish the effectiveness of even simple energy psychology models such TFT and EFT that employ tapping along the meridians. There are several scientists who have made theoretical sense of the healing effects of energy psychologies in terms of findings in quantum physics, quantum biophysics, and epigenetics. There are hundreds of scientific studies on the effectiveness of working with awareness through mindfulness approaches. Larry Dossey in his book Healing Words presents many research studies on the effectiveness of prayer and spirituality as healing modalities.
Integral Somatic Psychology, because it stands on the shoulders of many approaches that work with different levels the psyche, is supported by the research that establishes the effectiveness of each of these approaches. Integral Somatic Psychology, in an abbreviated version limited the physical body level of the psyche, has been found to be effective in treating symptoms of trauma among survivors of the 2004 Asian Tsunami in India (published in Traumatology, September 2008) and in treating symptoms of war, violence, loss, and displacement in Sri Lanka after the civil war ended there in 2009.
The possibility of embodied integration of many levels of the psyche and the tremendous synergy such integration offers for improving outcomes has been a driving force in the spread of Integral Somatic Psychology to different parts of the globe. It is now taught in the United States, Russia, India, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Denmark; and is scheduled in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Australia in 2017 or 2018.