Is there an inner wisdom that comes from listening to your body? Can this wisdom help you to know what is right or wrong for you? Can it help you make big decisions in life?
Somatic therapy, or body therapy, is a holistic therapeutic approach that incorporates a person’s mind, body, spirit, and emotions in the healing process. It integrates ideas from traditional psychotherapy, physical therapy, and holistic treatment. The body, rather than the mind, is the foundational point for healing in somatic therapy.
Somatic therapists view the mind and body as inherently connected. What’s stored in our body affects our thoughts and feelings. Subsequently, if we fail to address the body, our mental health tends to suffer.
Can listening to your body that simple? Somatic therapy can help decrease symptoms of stress and other issues such as:
- Panic attacks
- Racing heartbeat
- Extreme startle reflex and hypervigilance
- Night terrors
- Unexplained body aches
- Headaches and migraines
- Stomach problems
- Desire to isolate from loved ones
- Performance issues in school or work
- Memory problems
- Extreme anger
- Mood swings
We all have an inner intelligence that we ignore sometimes, then are instead driven by fears, habits, and conditioning of the mind. Somatic therapy can help you work through the fear-based response to a more healthy behavioral one. Here is a meditation that may help you to acknowledge your body and assists you in making decisions and answering questions in your life.
We can work together so you learn to listen to your body and become more familiar with your body’s messages to you. Your body is here to protect you and work with you in promoting health and happiness. Some types of somatic therapies available to you are: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy) and Thought Field Therapy (TFTa). Find more information at www.emdrcoach.com.