Somatic means having to do with the body.
Somatic therapy, then, has to do with the body. What’s more, it goes by a lot of different names:
- Body work
- Body therapy
- Body-centered therapy
- Body psychotherapy
- Somatic psychotherapy
- Body-oriented therapy or
- Body-oriented psychotherapy
Whether you or your therapist calls it somatic therapy, body-centered therapy, or something else, this treatment focuses on how your emotions, mental health, and past trauma can physically affect your body.
In other words, somatic therapy pays attention to how your thoughts and emotions (now and in the past) shape how your body physically feels.
Somatic Therapy Effectiveness
Research has shown that somatic therapy is appropriate for PTSD. In addition, somatic therapy studies have looked at treating a variety of conditions, including personal empowerment, spirituality, and much more.
Body-Centered Therapy at Empowered and Authentic Living
In addition to breath work, yoga, and mindfulness practices, we offer other types of somatic therapy at Empowered and Authentic Living.
We tap into the physical feelings in your body, which are an important resource for self-discovery and healing. Most importantly, this type of therapy can override your conscious thoughts, allowing you to get to your truth, often hidden deep in your subconscious mind.
Lisa applies the principles of self-acceptance training when doing body-centered therapy. This helps clients to recognize, feel, and express their truths. She believes, “The truth will set you free.”
Rae also does somatic therapy. For example, Rae conducts group therapy classes that combine mind, body, and breath therapy with trauma-specific yoga.