A Somatic Practice:
Traditional therapy pays most if its attention to thought and behavior. In somatic work we also tune into sensations, emotions, posture and felt experiences of the body.
Hakomi combines the strengths of talking about issues with touch, movement, and mindfulness exercises to increase body awareness. Clients become more aware of the correlations between bodily sensations, emotions, impulses, and behaviors. Unacknowledged feelings and beliefs from past experiences are stored in the body and unconsciously effect who we are, how we behave, and how we feel about ourselves. The mind may avoid certain emotions and memories, but our bodies remember. Using the body as a gateway, buried feelings, images, and memories can surface to be worked with and healed. In a safe, healing context, given the right experiences, we will naturally reorganize in the direction of wholeness.