The word Somatics comes from the Greek root soma which means
"the living organism in its wholeness."
We are complex creatures, the whole of which is deeply
impacted by our life experiences. These impacts shape not only our
perception of self and the external world,
they shape our
neurology, emotional and behavioral patterns, and posture.
As humans, we have a few basic needs:
to feel safe and secure
and to have dignity.
We develop coping mechanisms, postures and strategies
to meet these basic needs.
Over a lifetime, these become our unconscious operating system,
“just the way we are.”
Somatics asks, "What are you practicing?”
By developing awareness of what we repeatedly do
and how it affects our life and those around us, we can
deepen our capacity to feel and engage with our emotions in new ways,
build resilience to act from purpose and with empathy,
be choiceful rather than reactionary,
move forward rather than being stuck in a rut or the past.
It is a path by which we can embody change that is evident in our actions, ways of being, relating and perceiving.