How is somatic therapy different?

How is somatic therapy different?

Gentle Lasting Change

Yoga and somatic therapy respect the body as a vehicle for insight and healing. In itself, the simple but profound process of learning to feel and experience our bodies from the inside is a game-changer.

Mindful Embodied Therapy utilizes movement, breath, mindfulness and parts work to support whole person healing. The slow and steady pace is well suited for deep work without overwhelming the mind. The clinical setting is a soft space to explore edges. Together we practice leaning into discomfort, in a safe and gentle way. This style of therapy releases tension, while increasing resilience and inner peace. 

Whole Person Healing

While content is valuable, once the narrative has been spoken words can pull us away from a deeper truth trying to emerge. For this reason, I help guide you back to your body: “What do you notice when you fear rejection?” Clients who work with me get really good at noticing their inner world.

Yin yoga is perfect for embodied therapy as it helps explore our edge. For example, the psoas muscle runs from the leg and wraps around the side body up into the spine. This muscle gets shortened with prolonged sitting. A tight psoas, or hip flexor, makes it difficult to breath deeply – sending the message to the nervous system that all in not well. Gently opening this muscle sends the message that we are safe to the central nervous system, which then lowers anxiety. It’s all connected.

In a yoga-based therapy, postures are coupled with exploration so that we may find meaning and insight while simultaneously healing the body. In this way embodied therapy is a holistic form of healing.

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