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Somatic Therapy

The body remembers, the bones remember, the joints remember, even the little finger remembers. Memory is lodged in pictures and feelings in the cells themselves.

Like a sponge filled with water, anywhere the flesh is pressed, wrung, even touched lightly,

a memory may flow out in a stream.

- Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With Wolves

Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the connection between the mind and body, focusing on bodily sensations, movements, and experiences to address and heal emotional or psychological issues. It recognises that our bodies hold and express emotions, memories, and traumas, and aims to integrate these physical sensations into the therapeutic process. Here's an overview of somatic therapy:

1. Mind-Body Connection: Somatic therapy views the mind and body as interconnected, understanding that psychological issues can manifest as physical symptoms or tension within the body. Conversely, physical experiences or trauma can impact one's emotional well-being.

2. Techniques and Approaches: Various techniques are used in somatic therapy to explore and address these connections. These may include mindfulness, breathwork, body awareness exercises, movement, touch, and techniques focused on regulating the nervous system.

3. Focused Awareness: Clients are encouraged to tune into bodily sensations, feelings, and movements, exploring how these sensations relate to their emotions or psychological states. By increasing awareness of bodily experiences, individuals can gain insight into their emotional responses and patterns.

4. Release and Healing: Through somatic therapy, individuals learn to identify, express, and release pent-up emotions or tensions stored within the body. Therapists assist clients in processing these sensations and emotions, facilitating the release of physical tension and promoting emotional healing.

5. Trauma-Informed Approach: Somatic therapy is particularly effective in addressing trauma. Traumatic experiences often get stored in the body, leading to symptoms like chronic pain, muscle tension, or other physical manifestations. Therapists help clients safely navigate these sensations, allowing for the release and resolution of trauma-related symptoms.

6. Integration with Other Therapeutic Approaches: Somatic therapy can be used as a standalone approach or integrated into other therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, or psychodynamic therapy. Integrating somatic techniques enhances the effectiveness of traditional talk therapies.

7. Benefits: Somatic therapy can be beneficial for various conditions, including trauma, anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, body image issues, and more. It helps individuals reconnect with their bodies, fostering a deeper understanding of themselves and promoting overall well-being.

8. Professional Guidance: Somatic therapists are typically trained mental health professionals who have received specialized training in somatic techniques. They create a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their bodily sensations and emotions, guiding them through the therapeutic process.

In summary, somatic therapy offers a unique approach to healing by integrating bodily experiences into the therapeutic journey, allowing individuals to explore, understand, and heal emotional or psychological issues through a mind-body connection.

Okay my dear,

You have stumbled enough in the earth’s sweet dance.

You have paid all your dues

Many times.


Now let’s get down to the real reason

Why we sit together and breath


And begin the laughing, the divine laughing,

Like great heroic women 

And magnificent

Strong men

- Hafiz



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