Transformation in Dialogue with Your Body
„Da organisches Lernen der ursprüngliche Weg war, wie wir uns selbst in Bezug zur Welt organisiert haben, kann es auch der Weg sein, unsere Handlungsfähigkeit zurück zu gewinnen sowie unsere Bewegungs- und Handlungsgewohnheiten, die uns ein erfüllendes, aktives, freudvolles Leben ermöglichen, zu re-formieren. Legt euch auf den Boden und beginnt von neuem zu wachsen!“
– Moshé Feldenkrais
I trust in the individual body-knowledge and support you in your dialogue and in approaching your own physically experienceable spectrum of possibilities. In sessions, I work with you about your body experience, if you want that. I include the physical experience and thus support your contact with yourself. You decide how far you want to go and which suggestions, from me, you like.
I work with space, anatomical connection, movement, imagination and perception exercises, breath, voice and, if you wish, with touch and support you verbally or non-verbally (tailored to what you want) in your process towards yourself / with you – in the intensity, speed that feels right for you.
By paying attention to your physical condition, you can learn skills to be aware of your limits, roles and relationships. When you are in connection with yourself and your feelings, understanding and sensitivity for them can arise. This is primarily about clarity and differentiation – to be able to clearly perceive what state you are in, what you need and how you can respond to it – to live and be present with your entire spectrum of liveliness. In this way, it is possible to have your resources and opportunities accessible and tangible for all individual challenges.
I will accompany you through various exercises, make suggestions and direct your attention through questions.
Session duration 60- 120 minutes.
We can arrange a non-binding preliminary talk on the phone or in person. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me.
Somatics in Simple Language
Somatic means physical experience – feeling, perceiving and thus being human can be experienced differently than through the head and rational knowledge. By perceiving skin, muscles, bones, fascia, tissue, fluids and the anatomical relationships between these, a different awareness of the body arises. Feelings can also be perceived differently through the body.
Overall, a different contact with oneself is possible through the somatic experience, that is worth exploring!
Somatics in more words
For me, somatics is a physically connected, holistic learning space with innumerable possibilities. (Up to now) Every (more privileged) person can find an individual form and suitable approaches for themselves as to how this learning space can be physically experienced.
Learning takes place in a complex manner across the various layers of being human. When I speak of layers, I mean the existence of the physical, psycho-emotional, erotic and cognitive bodies in a simultaneous existence, but not in a necessarily simultaneous presence. Each layer has its own story of experiences, beliefs and ideas on which the moment and the interweaving of these layers is formed.
Somatics offers an opportunity to get to the bottom of these layers, to learn a way towards embodiment, to connect, to be in contact with oneself and the world, to stand up for oneself and to move with awareness, to experience vitality and abundance within oneself, to be able to encounter the universe with all its qualities and existences, which is individually designed depending on focus, orientation and privileges. From a neuroscientific perspective, body access is the most direct way to come into contact with reaction patterns, emotions and memories.
To be seen, heard and loved, as well as being part of a system (belonging) are the most existential human endeavors. Depending on socialization and environmental parameters, the levels of experience are formed. Some parts of it are nourished, others remain or become deficient. That is reality. But what do you do with it? The psycho-emotional, the erotic and the physical body in the awareness of feeling are hardly consciously observed or promoted in most social structures. The promotion and shaping of the cognitive body or the functionality of the physical body to extremes and towards performance are increasingly more valued.
The most important elements of embodiment are breath, voice, movement and touch. They form the basis for many practices that exist somatically in different nuances and combinations. By stimulating and regulating the vagus nerve in connection with breath, voice, movement and touch, neuroreceptors in the brain can be reached and states can be consciously changed and controlled. Somatic awareness arises.
In my opinion, what is possible through somatic approaches is that people are invited to take responsibility for themselves, their condition and at the same time it is possible for them to be in contact with themselves with empathy. If access to physical feeling is allowed, new ways and possibilities can be found and established. This can make it possible to un-learn structures of right and wrong enforced by society, through individual, repetitive bodily connected experiences. That way we can meet our body and experience memory, access our experiences with power relations / trauma that may be buried therein through socialization. It is possible to get closer to this memory through somatic experience, to become aware of the issues underlying it, to see structures contributing to physical or psychological-emotional deficiency or pain, to accept it, to transition into transformation and healing, to nourish, to allow, with time, repetition, continuity and allowing new experiences.
For example, your limits can be recognized more consciously, e.g. via an invitation to move or touch. Then it is possible to find a way to deal with it. It is possible to establish this boundary, expand or dissolve it if necessary, and bring it into dialogue. It’s your choice! Embodied language can be a dialogical instrument, to perceive the outside (environment) and the interior of the body in a more differentiated manner, to consciously establish contact, to explore resilience and to learn to set a specific focus through the ability to make decisions through impulse perception, which can be trained.
In addition, it is possible to anatomically establish an I-reference, i.e. to learn to transfer anatomical images directly to your body, see / understand / touch with your senses; to sense.
So much learning. Where's the pleasure?
Pleasure is a part of the experience through the somatic experience of bodily connected feeling and can be stimulated to grow depending on the desire and attention. If not here, where? Striving for lightness can be a self-proclaimed intention. Learning with pleasure and a holistic connection to oneself. A living, pleasurable organism in its entirety, in loving mindfulness with itself and at the same time relating to the world and in presence. Brilliant.
The acquisition of these skills can take place through self-research and own practice as well as in accompanied individual sessions as well as in group contexts. You can find out a lot about yourself through somatic practices, for example about your own movement, arousal and socio-strategic patterns.
Interested in learning more? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org