What is Trauma?
Trauma can affect us physically, change our behaviors, intensify our emotions, and transform our psyches. Often, our reactions to trauma can include denial, anxiety, fear and helplessness. Beliefs, views and relationships can be challenged. As we know, processing feelings and emotions is central to the therapeutic process. Such expression can freely occur, or it can be blocked in the body. Such blocks often occur as the result of trauma, and working through the body can help to foster expression. (psychcentral.com)
What does Somatic mean?
The word somatic is derived from the Greek word “soma” which means living body.
Somatic Trauma Recovery
I had the beautiful experience of running my interdisciplinary practice (both private and agency grant-based) at The Trauma Resolution Center (TRC) in Miami, a holistic non-profit community mental health center. I taught (sometimes bilingual English-Spanish) self-care classes and workshops in dance therapy, breathwork, abdominal self-massage, and yoga as well as massage and dance-infused personal training sessions for the clients and staff, other local non-profit employees, and the Miami women’s health community.
The work flourished in this dynamic, conscious, interactive community. It was a pleasure to interact with and learn from people from so many walks of life and many countries who engaged in the full gamut of the my services within the wide scope of effective, holistic offerings at the center.
I have my own story of trauma recovery and overcoming abuse and mental illness. You can read about it HERE.
The main goal of somatic therapy is recognition and release of physical tension that may remain in the body in the aftermath of a traumatic event. The therapy sessions typically involves the patient tracking his or her experience of sensations throughout the body.
Somatic therapy offers a variety of benefits. It reframes and transforms current or past negative experiences, inculcates greater sense of oneself, confidence, resilience and hope. It reduces discomfort, strain and stress while developing a heightened ability to concentrate.
When somatic therapy sessions are completed, the patient often reports a feeling of being free, less stressful and more engaged with life. It decreases the level of physical pain and mental stress, too. (psychcentral.com)