Somatic therapy is a body-centred form of psychotherapy that is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary approaches to the body–mind. It uses Somatic psychology, traditional bodywork, Eastern healing arts and mind-full meditation practices.
Being in our bodies means experiencing life through our feelings, sensations and interactions. The word Soma — the ‘living body’ — signifies how we shape and form our body.
When we are born we are naturally alive and present in our body. Our breath is unrestricted and we breathe with our whole being; our movement responses are immediate, spontaneous, authentic and appropriate. We are constantly in motion, relating directly, without thinking, from our being to others and to the world around us.
Your body is organic, and you need to listen to its rhythms until you feel that each cell … is talking to you. When you develop such sensitive awareness of your body … you can tell it what to do … Your whole body feels light and blissful … It is liberating … you reach a point where your body and mind co-operate so perfectly that you feel body is mind and mind is body.
– Lama Yeshe
Over time we lose some of this aliveness and presence. Our lived history, experiences, attitudes and beliefs become held in the tissues of the physical body as it forms itself around the events of our lives and our responses to these events. In the process, we become prisoners of our past and our range of movement and capacity for experiencing aliveness is severely limited. We forget what the infant knew: how to feel good and happy, how to self regulate and embody well-being.