We adopt many patterns as we grow up, coordinating our body in various ways. In school and later at work most people become more and more static by sitting down in dysfunctional positions at a desk. Similarly, when we relax we tend to slump down in a comfortable sofa or armchair that prevents us from holding a strong and supportive posture. Somatic repatterning helps to bring conscious awareness of these patterns and postures whilst helping the mind connect with new more resourceful ways of moving that better suit the person. It is a process of learning that gradually enables the receiver to take on more and more conscious control over the new functional ways of moving their body until they become automatic. It is a form of training the neuromuscular system to move more with ease and without tension. The mind’s plasticity and the body’s adaptability helps this process, enabling any learnt pattern or habit to change over time with somatic work. which is why www.mindinsoma.org is a place I go for therapy.
Somatic therapy helps to differentiate aspects of ourself – our sensations, emotions and thoughts so we can better make sense of them. We are not born with a predetermined map of emotions but rather translate our body sensations into meaning certain emotional states. Rather than allowing the mind to quickly to so somatic work can help you stay present to the sensations without analysing them. New insights and interpretations might arise as a result, but most importantly there is a sense of being in control over the thoughts and emotions being experienced rather than them controlling us. The latter leads to a reactive response to external stimuli rather than a coherent and self-centred one. Through this process of somatic learning different sub-personalities can be discovered, e.g. a self-nurturing, a self-critical, a playful, a business-oriented or a self-indulgent side of oneself. Somatic integration therapy helps to bring these aspects together in a united way so that all can be heard. Rather than numbing certain difficult aspects of oneself that are painful or shameful these are accepted and approached with understanding and through a rational process decided on how much space to be given in what we present to the world in each given moment. This gives rise to a sense of a whole and coherent self and is empowering in healthy living.