As a psychotherapist trained in somatic awareness practice, I guide my clients to deeper parts of themselves where important information is stored. Our bodies have an intelligence that holds our truth, but as a culture which emphasizes our worth on what we think and do, we typically don’t listen to what our bodies try to tell us. Through somatic awareness practice, we learn to listen to our body’s intelligence.
A typical somatic awareness session might start with breath work and move towards a place in the body where breath is held and doesn’t easily flow. It is there where we focus the therapeutic work. Through words, breath, movement and sometimes artistic expression, we learn why these areas might be stuck and learn how to release them. This process is not suited to work with all my clients, though it is very poignant when used.