Somatic psychology

What is Somatic psychology?

Somatic psychology is a field that combines traditional psychology with an understanding of the mind-body connection. It focuses on the ways in which psychological experiences and emotional states are expressed and stored in the body. The term “somatic” refers to the body, and somatic psychology emphasizes the importance of bodily sensations, movements, and physical experiences in the therapeutic process.

Somatic psychology recognizes that our bodies hold valuable information and wisdom related to our emotions, memories, and overall well-being. It acknowledges that psychological and emotional experiences can manifest as physical sensations and symptoms in the body. By working with the body’s sensations and movements, somatic psychology aims to access and address the underlying emotional and psychological issues.

Practitioners of somatic psychology use various approaches and techniques to facilitate healing and personal growth. These may include body-centered therapies, such as somatic experiencing, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and body psychotherapy. These approaches often involve practices like breathwork, mindfulness, movement exercises, and body awareness techniques.

The goal of somatic psychology is to help individuals develop a deeper connection with their bodies, become more aware of their physical sensations and emotions, and integrate their psychological and physical experiences. By working with both the mind and body, somatic psychology can support individuals in resolving trauma, reducing stress, improving self-regulation, and enhancing overall well-being.

Shervan K Shahhian

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