Soma: Body (New Latin, Greek)
Somatic: Relating to the body
I work with you to develop the tools you need to be integrated with your body. You may be recovering from an injury or operation, working through emotional issues, wanting to optimise athletic performance or just trying to get through the day with more ease.
I primarily approach this work through The GYROTONIC® Expansion System but also incorporate whatever else I have at my disposal.
These are classes offered through Zoom where we make space for whatever needs we might have. In addressing them somatically, we explore and discover the various connections that exist in us.
The movements are based in The GYROKINESIS® Method but I leave a lot of room for creativity.
The Sunday Thing
This is a completely experimental project where I depart fully from any formal modality and attempt to hone in on the simplest way we can access our soma.
These sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
If you're unsure whether this is right for you or if you have any reservations or questions you'd like to discuss before committing to a session, please feel free to reach out to me. I'll be happy to have a conversation with you and if necessary invite you for a free consultation session.
This is not the simplest to explain, so bear with me...
Western philosophy has a history of distinguishing between various aspects of life. One of the earliest delineations made in looking at the human was between the mind and the body, giving rise to the term "soma" to refer to the body as distinct from the mind.
In modern practice, "Somatics" has become a very broad term to encompass any field of study, healing modality, system of practice or school of thought that revolves around the internal perception of the body as well as how it affects and is affected by the various other components of the human being. It includes branches spanning philosophical/academic writings and studies like those of Wilhelm Reich on Somatic Psychology, Pierre Janet before him and Sigmund Freud somewhere in between, experiential practices like Alexander Technique and The Feldenkrais Method, healing modalities like Rolfing Structural Integration, dance systems like 5rhythms and contact improvisation to more traditional, spiritually incorporative practices like Yoga, Taichi and Ecstatic Dance.
Like I said, it's a pretty massive term.
What is Somatic Work...
It appears to me that there is a core underlying idea across all those systems mentioned above. If I had to put it into words, it's that our experience of our corporeal body both responds to and affects everything about our lived experiences and therefore working with the corporeal body is one way we can work through our issues whatever they may be.
Or, to borrow a phrase someone I really respect once used, "If we can feel better, we feel better." I have found this to be true both in my personal life and in my experience working with people.
My personal approach to the work is to help people experience that principle. Because people are extremely varied and complex, I find that I tend to adhere less to techniques, forms and modalities and allow myself and the people I work with to be more creative with the way they access their soma.
As long as you get to feel and discover how you relate to your body and how your body relates to you, I don't really care how you do it.
I am a licensed practitioner of The GYROTONIC® Expansion System and The GYROKINESIS® Method as they offer the most versatility and freedom for exploration.
I also host online classes where I share my take on kinesthetic meditation. This approach is something that is born from my own gifts that I'm figuring out as I share it and still slowly becoming what it needs to be.