One of the processes I use in my therapeutic practice is the process of storytelling. More than helping us re-collect memories, I feel, telling stories help us re-shape them. Say if I ask you now: tell me about your first childhood crush, when did you first see her, how did you first meet her? You would begin to tell me snatches of that story. You may perhaps not recollect the exact story, for it was many years back that it happened. But what you will be able to recollect is the feeling you felt. You will be able to recollect how you felt when you first saw her, how the first shower of something-like-love made your heart flutter, how you felt going weak on your knees, how your body turned light at the sight of her. Well, in therapeutic practice, I like to call them 'somatic memories' or 'body memories'. Because the body may not remember the exact series of events or how these events occurred. But what the body will remember is 'how it felt in those events, around those people.'