Somatic bodywork promotes relaxation, clarity, increased energy flow and ultimately, holistic health - being in harmony with the world and with ourselves, and being able to let more of the world in and more of us to be expressed.
Somatic bodywork is not massage, but a way to shift the self and spirit by working through the body. Unlike massage which focuses on physical stress, somatic bodywork helps the client process what's present and release the tension held in their tissues often as a result of unhealed experiences. During and after a somatic bodywork session, clients often report insights, increased sense of peace, awareness, aliveness, kindness, and/or capacity for taking new actions.
As a somatic bodywork practitioner, I partner with the client to achieve these benefits. In a typical session, the client lies on a massage table with clothes on, and I would use touch or pressure on the client's body to facilitate energy flow. The client is often invited to certain breath patterns or movements, and to share what they notice in terms of physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, images or intuitions -- all aspects of their being.
I received somatic bodywork and coach training from the Strozzi Institute. The lineage of Strozzi bodywork includes Polarity Therapy, Feldenkais, Rolfing, along with other somatic approaches. My energy work background also includes practicing and teaching Tai Chi for over a decade. While my primary work is somatic coaching for personal transformation (usually a 6-month or longer engagement of in-depth work) - I also offer individual somatic bodywork sessions to make this effective health-building modality more available and accessible.