Embodiment is an essential aspect to be addressed by anyone working with Trauma Healing.
We define Embodiment as a conscious perception of our body´s presence. We find it in coherence and fluidity, by tracking the sensations in a continuous process of movement. This allows the person to express his/her authentic capacities and at the same time, enjoy graciousness of gesture and optimum tonus in our encounters with our fellow human beings.
A deeper quality of Embodiment can be achieved through Touch and Movement Education. This enables the practitioner to stimulate an Internal Release that promotes a new Functional manifestation. From that, new possibilities of self-expression emerge, leading to improvements in health.
As we deal with Trauma, we start to notice inherent intertwining complexities, for example between Body, Mind & Brain. These often create restrictions which become reflected in a freezing or narrowing of the Inner and Outer Spaces, consequently diminishing the Life Force Energy.
SOMA approach acknowledges that Traumatic experiences can cause blocks which remain stuck in the body at many levels, thereby reducing the body’s capacity for Embodiment, Orientation, Integration and Perception.
In order to complete Traumatic Resolution, we first need to work with the following: the perceptual system and the gravitational organization. Education in orientation is required. At this stage we incorporate continuity and movement fluidity, tracking and embodiment explorations, in order to expand perception and to address biological rhythms for self-regulation.
Each day, participants practice specific protocols of touch skills, movement, and tracking exercises in order to:
1) Expand Perception;
2) Restore Mobility;
3) Unblock Traumatic restrictions of movement-related symptoms in order to re-establish equilibrium.
Sonia Gomes Silva is a Clinical Psychologist/Advanced Rolfer, Movement Teacher/SEP. She has studied with Hubert Godard in Brazil and Spain for 10 years and is an international Faculty member of SETI – Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute – USA & Brazilian SE Association (ABT). She is co-founder of SE in Brazil and an EFAC – European Faculty Accreditation Committee member.
For more information: www.soniagomesphd.com