Somatics is a perspective that privileges the internal subjective experience of the body. Therefore it honors the body as a primary vector of knowledge.
Somatics comes from the perspective that we don't merely have bodies,
but rather we are bodies. As such, our bodies are continously being
written upon through our lived experiences. Somatic competencies intersect
with depth psychological and homepathic principles because all three
disciplines seek deeper access to the most vital and liberated Self.
Through somatic education, clients learn how to attune to their bodily
experience, not simply in terms of body image, but also by becoming more conscious of how mental or emotional experiences (such as trauma), sociocultural expectations, and spiritual influences inform their movement style.
Attunement to our bodily experiences and expressions helps us to build
rapport with our body as opposed to having it on automation running in
the background of our lives. Somatic education helps to foster clients' trust in
their 'body of knowledge' and fundamentally promotes embodiment.
A somatic approach helps clients attune to the felt sense of mental, emotional,
and physiological symptoms; while movements, and gestures help clients connect with the non-verbal symbolic expressions of the body. Through attunement, the body's innate wisdom rises to the consciousness level.
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
"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