Body mind spirit holistic therapy, also called somatic psychotherapy, is a body/mind/spirit integrative psychology that utilizes mindfulness of the present moment to focus on the “felt-sense” experience of the body. When a focus on the felt sense of the body is established and sustained, and the “language of the body” is decoded, individuals can release painful patterns that have their roots in the past at the deepest, unconscious level, thereby directly changing the entrenched patterns within the nervous system.
Body mind spirit holistic therapy also uses the focus on the body as a way for individuals to learn self-regulation, helping them to navigate through challenging life events where remaining present is essential. Because the body is always in present time and the pace of life today is very fast, the body can serve as a primary resource for finding peace and balance in these challenging times.
In my body mind spirit holistic therapy practice, touch may be used when appropriate to help individuals increase awareness in areas of the body that have mild to severe chronic pain or discomfort and/or are numb in order to facilitate the process of increasing awareness of habitual reactive patterns that may not be associated with any particular conscious memory. This enables individuals to integrate unconscious material held in their bodies with newly developed conscious resources, allowing an expanded range of healthy choices in thinking and acting.
When touch is used, it is always collaboratively decided between client and therapist, and is based on a clear clinical purpose. This assures client safety while empowering individuals’ in appropriate boundary setting.