In the pursuit of enhanced physical well-being and a deeper mind-body connection, somatics has become an increasingly popular approach in the treatment of Trauma.
Somatic practices revolve around the idea that the mind and body are intricately connected. It emphasizes awareness of bodily sensations, movement patterns, and postures as a means to release chronic tension, improve movement quality, and foster a deeper understanding of oneself. The word "somatic" comes from the Greek word "soma," which means "the living body in its wholeness.
Somatics, when viewed through a trauma-informed lens, offers a unique perspective and set of tools for healing. It acknowledges that trauma resides not only in the mind but also in the body.
A trauma-informed somatic approach involves gently guiding individuals to become aware of their bodily sensations, feelings, and movements in the present moment. This process helps individuals regain a sense of control and safety in their own bodies. It allows them to reestablish a connection with their physical selves and relearn how to trust their bodily sensations as valuable sources of information.
Understanding the role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is crucial in trauma-informed somatics. Trauma often dysregulates the ANS, leading to patterns of hyperarousal (fight or flight) or hypoarousal (freeze or dissociation). Somatic practices can help individuals gently regulate their nervous system responses, promoting a sense of safety and reducing reactivity.
Benefits of Somatics for Trauma Healing
Body Awareness: Somatic practices facilitate a deep connection with bodily sensations and emotions, empowering individuals to recognize and work with trauma-related sensations.
Release of Tension: Trauma often leads to chronic muscular tension. Somatic movements can help individuals release this tension, alleviating physical discomfort.
Emotional Regulation: By connecting with the body's emotional responses, individuals can learn to regulate their emotions and reduce anxiety and overwhelm.
Empowerment: Trauma can make individuals feel powerless. Somatics empowers them to regain a sense of control over their bodies and lives.
Reconnection: Somatics fosters a sense of reconnection with one's own body, promoting self-compassion and self-trust.
By reconnecting with your body, addressing dysregulated nervous system responses, and cultivating awareness of bodily sensations, you can embark on a transformative journey toward healing and resilience. Remember, healing is a unique and individual process, and somatics can be a valuable ally on your path to recovery.
If you're interested in incorporating trauma-informed somatics into your healing journey, consider booking a consultation with Michelle Langley, LPC, yoga and breathwork practitioner, trauma and mind-body expert.