Somatic bodywork supports you to let go of old baggage or old stories your body is carrying around. When you are hurt or scared, for example, during experiences of trauma, oppression, abuse or stress, your body contracts for self-protection and you may dissociate or “numb out”. Your muscles hold these contractions until your system feels safe enough to release, which can take years, even decades. These contractions impact you physically - causing rigidity and sometimes pain; emotionally – limiting your range of emotion and mood; and relationally – shaping how you relate to others and others relate to you. Somatic Bodywork uses breath, attention, and touch to support your body to release long-held contractions.
Somatic Bodywork is done fully clothed, lying on a massage table with your eyes open or closed. It’s participatory, meaning you and I both bring our attention to various places where your body holds tension, such as your neck, back, shoulders, legs, and ribcage. I will invite you into breath patterns that help your system release, and with your consent, bring attuned touch to those areas. Memories and emotions may surface, your body may tremor, cool down or heat up. After a session, you may feel like you’ve let go of emotional weight. With time, you may experience increased body awareness and presence, decreased chronic physical tensions, widened range of mood, and deepened connection to yourself and others.
Somatic Bodywork is particularly useful for helping you to get "unstuck" in those areas that have been hard to heal, the impacts of trauma and oppression that live in our tissues. This can include generational trauma, internalized oppression, and the impacts of violence and sexual trauma.