Body-oriented or somatic therapy is about approaching a person through their body - not just their mind. It is a form of therapy that uses talk therapy, breathwork and physical techniques to help release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing. My clients come to me with a wide range of challenges, individual goals and mental health issues.
In my sessions, I combine psychotherapy and physical techniques in order to help you release past traumatic experiences - by paying attention to any physical responses you have once the memory is recovered. Breathwork, deep breathing, relaxation exercises, and meditation are then used to help relieve symptoms.
The theory behind somatic therapy is that the mind, body, spirit, and emotions are all related and connected to each other. As a result, the stress of past emotional and traumatic events affects the central nervous system and can cause changes in the body and even in body language, often resulting in altered facial expressions and posture as well as physical pain. Through developing awareness of the mind-body connection and using specific interventions, somatic therapy helps you to release the tension, anger, frustration and other emotions that remain in your body from these past negative experiences. The goal is to help free you from the stress and pain that is preventing you from fully engaging in your life.