About Somatic Therapy
Somatic psychotherapy is a way to integrate the mind-body connection and see it as one entity. The history of somatic therapy begins with Australian psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich, Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud all of whom had a hand in shaping somatic psychotherapy. Several women have also contributed to somatics: Pat Ogden, Susan Aposhyan and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. "Soma" is Greek for "living body" and somatic psychotherapy is a blend of physiology, neuroscience and psychology. It can be a way to learn about ourselves and help us understand how we as humans navigate the world as a whole organism, mind body and spirit. Somatic therapy is a way of thinking that holds your individual bodily experience in mind. This idea of somatic psychotherapy is one of many beautiful interpretations of it today.
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Breath & Body Exploration
Breathing Exercises ~
During one of our sessions we may find it helpful to explore your breath. Where is it?, What is it doing?, How is it supporting you? You can learn to become aware of what a shallow or choppy breath feels like and how you can increase its capacity? Breathing can help you to manage and regulate your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems and understand their connection to the flight, fight or freeze response. We can also explore how breath mitigates to anxiety and depression and heals trauma.
In addition to exploring feelings, thoughts and breath work our sessions may lead us down a path to learning about unconscious gestures that our bodies make or bodily tension that you hold and what it could mean for you. With mindful
awareness, movement or touch we can learn about that meaning. Human communication is 20% verbal and 80% nonverbal: We are often sending messages that we are unaware of. It is through these discoveries that we can learn new ways of listening to our body-minds and what they are trying to tell us in times of stress, vulnerability and relationships. There is a reason why we say "trust your gut"