Somatic bodywork therapy is a type of alternative therapy that focuses on the mind, body, and soul. The goal of somatic therapy is to help people heal from trauma and other stressors.
Somatic therapies can be very helpful for people who have experienced trauma, as they can help to release stored tension and emotions.
Therapies that incorporate the mind, body, and soul can help people to feel more balanced and whole. Somatic therapy can help people to connect with their own inner wisdom and strength.
When all three aspects of self – mind, body, and soul – are integrated, healing can occur on a deep level. If you are looking for a type of therapy that can help you heal on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, somatic therapy may be right for you.
What is Somatic Bodywork Therapy?
Somatic therapy is a type of treatment that focuses on sensation and the connection between mind and body. The goal of somatic therapy is to help people become more aware of their physical sensations in order to process and heal trauma.
Somatic therapy can be helpful for treating post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional health issues. When we experience trauma, our nervous system can go into fight-or-flight mode, which can lead to a disconnection from our bodies.
This can make it difficult to process the trauma and can lead to further emotional and mental health problems.
Somatic therapy can help to treat the effects of trauma by reconnecting the mind-body and helping people to become more aware of their sensations.
Practitioners of somatic therapy believe that the mind and body are interconnected and that neglecting either one can lead to imbalances and disharmony.
As a result, somatic psychotherapy sessions incorporate a variety of modalities that focus on the whole person.
In addition, to talk therapy, sessions may also include grounding exercises, breathwork, meditation, and massage.
By working with the body as well as the mind, somatic therapists hope to provide a more comprehensive and holistic form of healing.
Somatic Therapy Techniques
Somatic therapy is a unique approach to healing that recognizes the mind-body connection.
It operates off the idea that our experiences are stored not only in our minds but also in our bodies. By focusing on both the physical sensations in our bodies and the discussion of our problems, somatic therapy offers a comprehensive approach to healing.
Somatic therapy techniques include bodywork, somatic experiencing, and energy work. These techniques can help us to release stored trauma from our bodies, and heal both physically and emotionally.
When used in combination with traditional talk therapy, somatic therapy can offer a powerful and holistic approach to healing. Here are some of the mind-body exercises used:
Types of Somatic Psychotherapy
The human body is an amazing thing. It is constantly changing and adapting, reacting to the stimuli around us.
In our society, it is common to repress emotions and ignore emotional and physical pain sensations in favor of rational thought.
Sometimes this can be helpful, but it can also lead to problems if we don’t deal with emotional trauma. When we store emotions in our bodies, it can be hard to get rid of them. Somatic approaches help individuals connect with their bodies to release these emotions.
The most common form of somatic trauma healing therapy is known as somatic experiencing therapy. In this therapy, patients discuss their problems as in other forms of mental wellness therapies.
However, rather than just talk about them, somatic therapists guide patients to focus on their underlying physical sensations.
This helps them to connect with their emotions, thoughts, and feelings on a deeper level and release them in a healthy way.
As a result, somatic therapy can be a powerful tool for healing emotional trauma and promoting overall well-being.
Some other approaches are:
Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a type of therapy that focuses on the connection between the mind and the body.
The therapist uses techniques such as movement, touch, and pressure to help the client to connect with their body and to become more aware of their physical sensations.
This type of therapy is body-oriented and can be especially helpful for people who have experienced trauma, as it can help them to reconnect with their bodies and to process their experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
Sensorimotor psychotherapy can also be beneficial for people who struggle with anxiety or depression, as it can help them to develop a greater sense of control over their bodies and their emotions.
Ultimately, this type of therapy aims to help people to feel more connected with themselves and with the world around them.
The Hakomi Method is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the experience of present moment awareness.
Hakomi therapists work with clients to help them access and explore their innermost beliefs and values. This process often leads to insights about oneself and one’s relationships with others.
The Hakomi Method is based on the belief that we are all connected, and that our individual experiences are shaped by the larger whole.
This understanding can help us to heal old wounds and to create more fulfilling lives.
The Hakomi Method is a powerful tool for personal transformation, and I am grateful to have been able to experience its benefits firsthand.
The bioenergetic analysis is a type of therapy that uses the body’s energy system to promote healing. The therapist works with the client to identify and release blockages in the flow of energy.
This can be done through a variety of techniques, including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and meditation.
By releasing these blockages, the therapist can help the client to achieve a sense of balance and well-being. The bioenergetic analysis is based on the belief that the body is a self-healing organism.
By tapping into the body’s natural ability to heal, the therapist can help the client to overcome a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional health challenges.
Biodynamic therapy incorporates elements of massage and movement. This holistic approach recognizes the importance of the body in healing the mind and helps clients to achieve a greater sense of balance and well-being.
In Brainspotting, the therapist uses a pointer to help the client focus on a specific spot in their field of vision.
This spot is usually where the client is experiencing the most intense physical and emotional reactions. By focusing on this spot, the therapist can help the client to release deep-seated trauma and emotions.
Brainspotting is a relatively new therapy, but it has shown great promise in treating a variety of mental health issues.
One of the most appealing aspects of brainspotting is that it can be done anywhere, without any special equipment.
This makes it an ideal treatment for people who are unable to access traditional therapy.
If you are looking for an alternative to traditional therapy, brainspotting may be worth considering.
Somatic Psychotherapy Can Help With
Anyone can try somatic therapy as an alternative to conventional talk therapy. It is used for a variety of mental and physical health issues.
For example, it can be used to work through trauma, process emotions, improve self-esteem, and reduce stress.
Embodiment Coaches/Therapists use a variety of techniques, including bodywork, breathwork, and movement therapy. Some of the things embodiment work can be used for are:
Trauma lives in the body as well as the mind, and therapy that only addresses the mind will only go so far. The good news is that by working with an Embodiment Coach/Therapist you can address both the mind and the body, and they can be very effective in treating trauma.
One of these modalities is embodiment work, which can be used to treat PTSD, anxiety, addiction, grief, depression, and stress, among other things.
With embodiment work, the therapist uses different techniques to help the client connect with their body and process the trauma that is stored there.
This form of somatic therapy can also be used to help heal pent-up trauma in the inner child which hangs on to big emotions from past trauma.
If we can learn to mindfully observe our own thoughts and feelings, we can begin to make changes that lead to a more positive outlook on life.
As a result, the approach to somatic therapy can be an effective option for anyone looking to improve their mental health.
Somatic Approach to Posttraumatic Stress
Somatic experiencing is a research and evidence-based approach to PTSD treatment that has been shown to be an effective method to speed up the healing process after a traumatic event.
The goal of somatic experiencing is to help people regulate their intense emotions and physiological reactions that are often associated with trauma.
In a study of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, those who received somatic experiencing therapy showed significantly reduced symptoms compared to those who did not receive therapy.
The research supports the effectiveness of somatic experiencing in helping people heal from a traumatic experience.
Things to Think About
There’s no denying that therapy can be tough. It requires a willingness to face your demons and to confront the aspects of yourself that you may not like.
However, it can also be incredibly rewarding. In therapy, you have the opportunity to learn more about yourself and to gain a greater understanding of your own thoughts and emotions.
When you’re in an emotionally and mentally healthy place, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges of therapy. You’ll also be more likely to get the most out of the experience.
If you’re considering therapy or working with a coach, make sure that you’re in a place where you’re ready to commit to the process. It’s only then that you’ll be able to reap the full benefits of this powerful tool.
A word from Create Higher Vibrations
That’s a brief overview of somatic bodywork therapy. If you are interested in learning more and trying out some of these techniques for yourself, schedule a session with Master Embodiment Coach Vishnu Ra.
Vishnu is highly experienced and passionate about helping people connect with their bodies and achieve their goals.
He will help you assess your needs and develop a plan to improve your life through somatic work. Are you ready to commit to change?