Research shows that those of us who are less aware of our bodies are more prone to stress. And those of us who are more and more aware of the nuanced sensations in our body and who feel we have permission to take care of ourselves are better and better able to handle stressful situations. We can stress-proof our system by getting in touch with our body.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of the seminal book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, after the events of 9/11, introduced to the mainstream that talk therapy alone was not enough to address trauma and stress-related problems. We need to get in touch with our body as well as our mind. And then we need to love ourselves up!
Somatic Self-Compassion™ is a body-focussed skills training program designed to give you the knowledge, tools and skills to listen to your body and respond with compassion. In this non-clinical program you will:
- be seen and heard as you connect with like-minded people in a circle of deep listening and sharing,
- learn how to access new information from your body and to respond creatively and wisely to your deepest needs,
- learn practices to influence your neurochemicals so that they stop making you stressed and start making you happy,
- learn simple movements, postures and sense rituals you can use at any time to restore your wellbeing,
- develop relationships with your internal parts so that you feel aligned with your soul’s purpose,
- connect your personality with modern and ancient archetypes to move you into the lineage flow of helpers, healers and nurturers,
- learn an individualized, step-by-step approach to understanding and managing your own shame response,
- leverage your personal strengths as allies in working with your challenges,
- celebrate your senses!
Somatic Self-Compassion™ teaches us that our body is simultaneously:
- the source of information about our emotions,
- the wise teacher we need to teach us how to respond to these emotions,
- the gatekeeper that allows us permission to tend to our body,
- the nurturing arms needed to soothe our distress, and
- the “soft animal”* that offers us exquisite pleasure, deep spiritual connection and a source of authentic joy.
Somatic Self-Compassion™ has its roots in:
- Brain science,
- Buddhist philosophy,
- Compassion-Focussed Therapy (Paul Gilbert),
- Dancing Freedom (Samantha Sweetwater),
- Deep Listening: Dadirri (Australian Indigenous Cultures)
- Feeding Your Demons (Lama Tsultrim Allione)
- Focusing (Eugene Gendlin)
- Internal Family Systems (Dick Schwartz),
- Mindful Self-Compassion (Kristin Neff and Chris Germer),
- Oxytocin Series (Kristy Arbon),
- Radical Emergent Self-Wisdom (Kristy Arbon),
- Restorative Yoga,
- Sensory Modulation Program (Tina Champagne)
- Shame Resilience Theory (Brené Brown),
- Singing Over the Bones archetype work (Clarissa Pinkola Estés),
- Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine),
- Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice (Dennis Saleebey),
You can see the full list of the trainings and references that contribute to the Somatic Self-Compassion™ program here.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*”…allow the soft animal of your body to love what it loves…” Mary Oliver