WHAT IS SOMATIC PSYCHOLOGY?
Somatic therapy is defined by its use of the connection between a person’s mind and body to apply psychotherapy and physical therapies during treatment. Therapists who practice somatic therapy believe a person’s inner feelings impact their physical form — they use mind-body exercises to release pent-up trauma from the mind and the body. Some Somatic techniques include-
- The recognition and engagement of non-verbal communications.
- Increased awareness, understanding, and mastery of emotion, emotional energy, bodily pain, and, more generally, felt experience.
- The activation of novel movement, breathing and action patterns.
- The bodily de-activation of patterns of chronic and acute tension, and the exploration of their psychological causes.
- The discovery and creation of meaningful narratives around posture and gesture.
This approach can help deepen a sense of connection to oneself and to others and can improve body senses, relieve stress and overall balance the nervous system. The goal of somatic experiencing, therefore, is to help an individual notice physical sensations stemming from their mental health issues and use that awareness to work through painful feelings and emotions. It can be used to help in broader issues like stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma.
Physical techniques, such as deep breathing, relaxation exercises, and meditation are then used to help relieve symptoms. Some of the adjunctive physical techniques that may be used with somatic therapy include dance, exercise, yoga, or other types of movement, vocal work, and massage.
Listen to your body. Connect your body and your mind for overall wellbeing.