To listen to the world through the body, profoundly affects how we feel - details come into focus, we notice more of what delights, strengthens, or weakens the rhyhmn of our breath and heart (Tufnell, 2017)

Somatic Movement Education

Somatic comes from the Greek word, Soma, meaning the body as perceived from within. Somatic Movement is a non-invasive, exploratory process of awakening and deepening the awareness of an individual towards his or her experience of the body in movement. A process that is shaped from within, rather than from an external source to observe sensations, movement, images, emotions and thoughts. In Somatic Movement, attention is brought to the felt and lived experience of the body as a process to widen and deepen an individuals capacity to re-inhabit, relate to and re-imagine the body and one's relationship with self and environment. Principles of self- care shape Somatic Movement practices; in deepening our sensory and proprioceptive awareness, we can develop models of self support within our own body's, noticing how to stay present,  curious, adaptable, bright and alive.

Somatic Movement adopts an enabling approach, with the focus on rediscovering and building upon an individual's qualities rather than what is absent; the individual therefore becomes an 'active participant' in the process of attending to self, sensually  alive and engaged with the world. This can have an inherently therapeutic effect, as the deepening of one's capacity to perceive new sensations and re-shape perceptions can strengthens one's sense of well-being, creativity and engagement with others and the world around us.

 

Expressive Arts and creative inquiry

In Expressive Arts therapy, creative and therapeutic principles are used to uncover and explore a 'body mythology'. Through using movement, dialogue, mark making, vocalisation and creative play, we can bridge a relationship with movement and meaning, ourselves and the world and  are able to come closer to a sense of the living body as creative unfolding. In play we manifest fresh, interactive ways of relating with people, things, ideas, images, ourselves. Play keeps us from becoming rigid and sharpens our capacity to deal with a changing world (1990 Nachmanovich). In Somatic Movement, play and mark making can anchor the emergence of fresh insights and reveal parts of the self forgotten or uninhabited, inviting room for growth and change.

 

Somatic Movement can ...

* Develop movement awareness and creativity

* Develop the capacity to self-care, recognising what restores and resources us

* Embody the link between individual and the environment

* Support a developing connection between movement and meaning.

* Develop a capacity for personal agency

* Encourage the stories of the body to be revealed and expressed.

* Support one in finding more ease and fluidity of movement and release habitual movement holding patterns

* Support one to re-gain balance, increase vitality and resilience in order to better meet life's challenges. 

* Widen one capacity to access different parts of the self / emotional