SOMATIC YOGA THERAPY
Somatic therapy can help people who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, problems with relationships, and sexual function, as well as issues related to trauma and abuse. Those for whom traditional remedies have not been helpful for chronic physical pain, digestive disorders and other medical issues may also benefit from somatic therapy. Somatic therapy techniques can be used in both individual and group therapy settings.
What to Expect
Somatic therapy combines talk therapy with what are sometimes considered alternative forms of physical therapy. The therapist helps you revive memories of traumatic experiences and pays attention to any physical responses you have once the memory is recovered. Physical techniques, such as deep breathing, relaxation exercises, and meditation are then used to help relieve symptoms. Some of the adjunctive physical techniques that may be used with somatic therapy include dance, exercise, yoga, or other types of movement, vocal work, and massage.
How It Works
The theory behind somatic therapy is that the mind, body, spirit, and emotions are all related and connected to each other. As a result, the stress of past emotional and traumatic events affects the central nervous system and can cause changes in the body and even in body language, often resulting in altered facial expressions and posture as well as physical pain. Through developing awareness of the mind-body connection and using specific interventions, somatic therapy helps you to release the tension, anger, frustration and other emotions that remain in your body from these past negative experiences. The goal is to help free you from the stress and pain that is preventing you from fully engaging in your life.
What to Look for in a Somatic Therapist
Find someone with the appropriate educational background, experience and positive approach, look for a therapist with whom you feel comfortable discussing personal issues.
Because you would spend a lot of one-on-one time with your somatic yoga therapist, not to mention trusting him or her with your goals, make sure the two of you are a good match. You should be comfortable sharing your life's vision with her/him. And you should feel strongly that he/she’ll help you achieve that vision.
A somatic yoga therapist is also different from a psychotherapist, who is a mental health care professional with training in medicine, psychology, nursing, or social work. If you think that depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems
who might require some medication as treatment, then you may want to talk with a licensed mental health professional before you hire a somatic yoga therapist.
Somatic Yoga Therapy is a process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of mindful inquiry, lifestyle awareness, movement, breath work, and meditation practices.
It is a means of discovery that supports individual/group potential to tap into their own innate healing abilities.
It is fundamentally about reducing suffering at all levels of being, mind, body and spirit.
Somatic Yoga Therapy is used as a rich personal and spiritual exploration.