Somatic Practice is a practice of being present with the body – both: the client and the practitioner.
Somatic Practice is a holistic approach to addressing trauma and other emotional and physical issues that involve the body and mind. By working with the body and the mind, Somatic Practice helps to release unnecessary holding patterns in the body. It also enables you to create a new positive vocabulary of sensations and feelings. This leads to energy, joy, love, pleasure, harmony, and flow. Mindfulness is an essential aspect of this Practice. It allows for greater awareness of locked positions in your body and mind. And then, with awareness of them, these can change for more fluidity and adaptability. Additionally, with Somatic Practice, we regulate the nervous system, which can improve digestion and relationships. Overall, the goal is first to regulate the nervous system and then explore and discover new, fulfilling experiences.
The importance of doing Trauma Work together
Together we’ll unravel traumatic physical holding patterns and allow the energy to move through and out of your system gently, gradually, and slowly. You’ll learn how to be with all sensations and feelings that come up. Positive ones and negative ones. The negative sensations or feelings can then be dealt with because of all the new resources we found in our work together. As a result, you aren’t knocked over anymore by your nervous system hijacking you or your body doing things that frighten you!
You will have a greater sense of control over your body and emotions! And you will be able to navigate through difficult experiences more easily. You will have developed tools and techniques to release tensions and stress, improving your overall well-being. The work is done in a safe and supportive environment. The practitioner is there to guide you every step of the way. Together, we will work to release the trauma and move towards a more joyful and peaceful life.
Drawing a new map of safety and aliveness
I, as the practitioner, offer guidance and support as you navigate this new way of being in the world. Together, we will create a new map of safety and aliveness where you feel confident in your ability to handle all sensations and emotions that come your way. With this new map, you’ll be able to approach life with a sense of curiosity and wonder, free from the constraints of past trauma.
Kathy Kain’s “Somatic Practice” way for Trauma
I use the “Somatic Practice” method based on the model developed by Kathy Kain. It incorporates principles from Somatic Experiencing (SE), created by Peter Levine and Sensory Motor Therapy by Pat Odgen. These are well-established trauma therapies focusing on the body and nervous system. Mindfulness and awareness of the body are integral parts of this work. Thousands of trauma practitioners have been trained with these approaches. Psychotherapists as well use them to help individuals work through their traumas.
Why is mindfulness so crucial in this Practice for Trauma Work?
Mindfulness in Somatic Practice allows us to become aware of the physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts associated with trauma. By bringing attention to these sensations, we can begin to release the tension and blocked energy stored in the body. This can help alleviate trauma symptoms and promote a sense of healing and well-being. Additionally, mindfulness helps create a sense of safety and self-awareness, which is essential for the process of transformation and healing. Overall, mindfulness is a key component in Somatic Practice. It enables clients to become more aware of their bodies, emotions, and thoughts. Then, the clients have the tools to work with these in a way that leads to healing and wholeness.
We live in a society of 24/7…
In our society, we practically need to be “ON” all the time. The Practice of mindfulness in Somatic Practice helps us to slow down and tune into the body’s natural rhythms and needs. It allows for a deeper connection to the present moment and a better understanding of the body’s signals. Therefore it induces a reduction in stress and an increase in overall well-being.
First of all, Somatic Practice wants to develop skills for regulating the nervous system. This brings about more balanced responses to stressors in daily life. We don’t need to be “ON” (going, going, going) all the time. However, when we’re not able to regulate…
…it leads to “Burn Out”
When we’re “ON” constantly, physical and-or emotional symptoms can and will appear.
- anxiety and fear,
- back pain,
- neck stiffness and discomfort,
- digestive problems and even
- Organ difficulties are often the result.
Returning to regulation and aliveness with Somatic Practice
When regulation increases, we’ll experience peace and stability. Enhancing our well-being is next, both physically with sensation and aliveness, and mentally through positive thoughts that bring joy. It may seem strange at first, but the end result will be soo much better!
In conclusion, Somatic Practice helps to release chronic tension, reduce stress, and bring a sense of calm and peace to your life. By learning to be present in the body, you start understanding your tension and stress patterns and find new ways to release them. This will help you live a more vibrant and fulfilling life!