The ability to recognize bodily sensations and exert control over bodily processes, including breathing, heart rate and muscle tension. Comprised of a number of specific abilities, including noticing, tolerating, differentiating and labelling; directing focus toward or away; shifting intensity; understanding precipitants and associated thoughts and feelings; and adjusting bodily rhythms to synchronize multiple somatic systems– most notably breathing and heart rate. Often compromised by exposure to early, chronic or severe intepersonal abuse or neglect. Overlooked by some complex trauma treatment models; frequently included as a secondary component in others. A primary component of the complementary and alternative approaches featured in this website.