I like this quote by philosopher Baruch Spinoza as an introduction to Somatic Psychology because it emphasizes the Mystery that is inherent to the experience of being human: "No one knows what the body can do." The body's Intelligence is vast and comprehensive and always beyond my grasp, yet it keeps me reaching for understanding. I love that because it is so alive. To me, the essence of vitality is curiosity, the desire to reach for understanding, the courage to explore, and the willingness to be with what is so in each moment.
As children, we are all introduced to the Wisdom of the body. When I was 2 years old and my father got down on the floor to crawl with me my brain was developing the capacity to read. At 6 years old when I was saturated with emotion and my mom helped me find the words to describe what was happening in my body, my nervous system was learning how to co-regulate and feel safe. In many ways, adults are grown versions of the children they once were.
Somatic Psychology became central to my therapeutic practice when I realized that a person's experience is directly related to what is happening in their nervous system at any given moment. My teacher Wendy Elliott, who is an expert in Somatic Psychology, said it best: "Everything that happens to you happens to your body."
Does that make you curious about what is happening in your body now? It gets real interesting to consider what is happening when two or more bodies exist in relationship. Somatic Therapy sessions create a safe container to explore how you experience yourself in your body as well as how you experience yourself in the company of others.
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