Somatic Bodywork aims at helping you move out of stressful situations, unease feelings of being stuck physically and emotionally so that you feel present, safe, creative and energetic in your body and life: “integrated”
Somatic Movement Education and Therapy is the process of awakening awareness of the human body in its natural movement that feels good, to sense, feel and free the body as a subject perspective rather than being objectified. Registered practitioners guide individuals and groups into inner experiences of their bodies, deepening their understanding of themselves in motion.
Somatic movement refers to movement that is sensed and shaped from within, rather than from an external source. Movement is life. Somatic Movement is the art of getting the mind connected with the body in order to listen to the stories our body has to tell, to free the holding patterns, and offering new possibilities: regain balance, freedom of movement, increased vitality and creativity, build resilience, and better meet life’s challenges.
Somatic Experiencing®, restores resilience to the body’s responses to stress and trauma, so you can respond to life’s challenges with increased energy, motivation, clarity.
The Somatic Experiencing theory derives that a human’s autonomic nervous system (ANS) is dysfunctional in relation to automatically regulating the release of energy associated with the sudden arousal during trauma. This technique focuses on targeting the (ANS)’s own ability to regulate and restore itself to balance in order to allow a client to regain a normal level of functioning after experiencing a trauma. This is done by gently and safely guiding individuals to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
Somatic Bodywork supports people who may be experiencing:
- physical or emotional pain
- feeling stuck in a behavior pattern, lack of focus, or depression
- stress, or related illness — fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel , gastric reflux disorder
- anxiety or emotional overwhelm, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping
- effects of trauma, or post-traumatic stress disorder
- symptoms that can’t be explained with medical tests
As your physiology begins to regulate, you may notice a shift in your whole being:
- increased energy, motivation, ease
- increased self-sufficiency and self-resiliency
- enjoy more of life and relationships
- managing challenges with greater clarity
- emerging sense of freedom in the breath
- reduced pain — even pleasure! — in moving
- connecting more readily with your inner resources
How is the treatment?
We chose to let go of the thinking brain for a moment, and experience life from the perspective of our sensational world. We aim at being playful, seeking good sensations, using props, such as gymnastic ball, soft balls, elastic bands. You become a “living scientist” allowing your body to teach you its ways to find ease and balance. Movements can be worked with, or spontaneous, internal and external, small or big, depending on the individual’s needs felt at the present moment.