Somatics

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       

“People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. ... I think that what we're

seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical

plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually

feel the rapture of being alive.”    - Joseph Campbell

 

Curious about mindfulness in relationship to the body? Check out this TED talk: