Somatics is a body-focused practice allowing your emotional experience to be felt in the present moment, in your body.
"The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.”
― Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Sensing, Feeling, and Action: The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®
What is Somatics?
Somatics is a body-focused path, practice and method of connecting to what is happening in the here-and-now in your body. When we attend to our sensations, tensions, impulses, breath, pulsations and much more, we are also listening to our thoughts, feelings, even our beliefs and personal history. How is this possible? Because our mind, emotions and bodies are interconnected.
Sometimes we hear ourselves say " I feel it in my gut," or " I know it in my bones." These are real physical experiences and when we listen to the voice of our body, we can become much more aware of how we are feeling and tolerate (even enjoy) difficult emotions.
What somatics Can help with?
Manage anxiety and stress
Clarify your needs
Recover from Trauma
Feel relief from physical issues that cannot be explained medically
Feel increased capacity to self-soothe
Accept yourself and grow your self-confidence
Express yourself more authentically in relationships
Move through creative blocks
Increase motivation and energy
SOMATICS AND TRAUMA
We know that Trauma has profound effects on the body and the nervous system and body-oriented therapies are becoming more and more of a standard for the treatment of trauma. After experiencing Trauma, at any age, we may continue to find ourselves standing guard over ourselves (hypervigallent), isolating to avoid harm, feeling depressed to buffer disappointment and overwhelm. These responses and survival strategies must be respected and understood in trauma treatment.
Within the landscape of body sensation in combination with mindfulness and curiosity, you can begin to safety feel the ebb and flow of your emotions without dipping into overwhelm. Each person's adaption to trauma is unique and we can decide together the best approach for your therapy to help you find resolve, relief and a regained sense of empowerment.
Somatic treatment modalities I offer include the following approaches:
- Sensory Awareness
- Emotional Mindfullness (Sensing where in your body you feel emotions)
- Breathing Techniques
- Movement/Gestures (as a way to explore spontaneous personal meaning)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy