Integrative Wellness & Somatic Work
Intergrating Body & Mind
Integrative wellness is a hybrid between traditional therapy methodology and mindfulness techniques- using therapeutic dialogue and somatic practices. Somatic work brings more awareness to the sensations in the body in order to gain information about emotional states. We have been conditioned to think of emotions and feelings in our heads, which can lead to intellectualizing our experiences and furthering discomfort in our lives. Ignoring the rich memory bank of experiences contained in our bodies can create stress, anxiety, emotional frustration, stagnation, and pain. Just like physical hygienic habits keep us healthy and clean, emotional hygiene becomes about learning emotional awareness in order to keep our nervous systems regulated.
Emotions are automatically generated by the senses, triggering the brain's amygdala and limbic system. When sensory nerve impulses reach the central nervous system, thalamus, amygdala, and cerebral cortex, they organize, test, and make judgments about the sensory data. The result is called "perception." Most people are caught up in the perception of what they think is happening and how they think they are feeling. When we insist on “thinking” more about emotions rather than feeling our emotions, this creates dissonance and disconnection from our bodies and ourselves. By learning to tune into your body, there is an opportunity to see how we are perceiving life and our relationships. Most people do not understand how good their bodies and lives are designed to feel. Through guided sessions, together we can bridge the gap between mind (thoughts and beliefs) and body (sensations and emotions) in order to live in your truest integrity and align to your highest potential self.
How does it work?
All events and interactions impact our whole being = our physical body, emotional body and cognitive brain
All external stimuli (the world outside of us) is processed through our sensory system. You can not bypass the body to make “sense” of information
When we address sensations and feelings as they arise in the body, we can heal the body, regulate the nervous system and promote secure attachment-healing ourselves and our relationships
The key is conscious awareness of how we relate and interact with our reality through our sensory experience. Integrative wellness and somatic work access all aspects of our lives- including the language we use, the food we eat, the relationships we choose, the movements we make, the emotional holdings in our body, the thoughts we think, and the choices we make.
Trauma and body disconnection creates a profound lack of safety and trust within ourselves. When we learn to reconnect with our bodies, we heal. With somatic integration work, we start to learn and access our internal safety through:
Breath to body awareness practices
Guided body scans
Observing patterns in the emotional body
Unfolding attachment styles as they respond to the nervous system
Discerning thoughts from sensations- getting out of “our stories” and into our bodies
Sensory motor reprogramming through breath and response exercises
Through a dedicated practice and guided support, together we can: