somatic bodywork session
The root of somatics is soma — which is an attempt to name the entire being, body, awareness, thoughts, beliefs, actions etc. It is living awareness.
In a session, we work with this living awareness that is you. We will begin with a conversation so I can understand some of who you are and what brought you to the room. We will also check in on needs and boundaries. Then we will begin with the hands-on part of the session which might be on the massage table, sitting on a chair or standing, depending on what we’ve found as the focus for our session. Because each session is unique to the person's needs and intention, the touch can vary from light to deep, and might be full-body or just focus on one area. You will be guided through physical sensations and emotions as you experience them. Through our continued conversation thoughts, memories, or associations generally come up and are integrated into experience.
The bodywork I’m offering is massage adjacent, but not a massage. However, the intention of the touch, like massage, is to relieve tensions, integrate blocks within the body and promote wellbeing in the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. I encourage folks to wear comfortable clothing. During the session we will work on a massage table. Each session is an hour.
Somatic bodywork is also not a substitute for therapy or psychiatric support, however many clients find it works beautifully in combination with therapy and the two modalities can be mutually beneficial in tandem. If yiou have any questions about if this practice is right for you please feel free to reach out, I'm happy to talk and field any concerns or thoughts.
A note on consent: Consent is an integral and foundational part of my process. I will try to make the space as safe and sacred as possible for the work we do together. Since the approach is grounded in communication and listening, throughout the session I will check in verbally and listen to your needs and boundaries as we go. As I view the relationship as a collaboration and journey together, where I am more of a facilitator to hold the space than an “expert”. You know your body and needs the best.