Somatic Movement Therapy/Education

Somatic processes re-educate the neuromuscular system toward greater health and well-being. Somatic therapists use hands-on movement techniques for this purpose and also teach simple movement sequences that can be practiced at home or in groups. Through somatic movement education people learn relaxing motions, and postural awareness to:

Some somatic therapists will also include practical meditation techniques and visualizations to access the wisdom of the body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness, and to enhance the functioning of the body's immune system.

Some of the most well-known somatic therapeutic re-education techniques are: FeldenkraisĀ® Method, Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Aston Movement Patterning, Rosen Breathwork, and Eastwest Shin SomaticsĀ®. All of these have programs leading to certification. Somatic therapy training programs will typically involve from 500 to 1000 hours of study for certification. Adjunct healing techniques often studied by somatic probationers are CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release. These also have programs leading to certification, but somatic therapists may integrate simple effective craniosacral and myofascial techniques in their practice with specially designed workshops.

Modalities from Dance Movement Therapy, such as Authentic Movement (a psychosomatic therapeutic evolved by Mary Whitehouse), may also be utilized in somatic bodywork by practitioners with a dance background. Psycho-somatic processes are sometimes employed.

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