What is Somatic therapy?
Somatic therapy is a body- centred approach to healing psychological difficulties.
Combining talk therapy and awareness of body sensations, it addresses the whole person,
and especially how life experience is embedded in the nervous system.
It works gently and holistically to bring healing, and to re-pattern
body/ mind/ behaviours in profound and long-lasting ways.
Somatic therapy is at the leading edge of therapy today. It is effective because it goes to the
roots of suffering, which as science is now showing, is stored in the body.
When is it used?
Somatic therapy can help people who suffer from stress, anxiety, grief, addictions, depression, anger, a lack of sense of self, birth trauma, relationship issues, as well as issues related to trauma and accidents. It may also help with chronic physical pain including back and sciatica, eating and digestive disorders.
Somatic therapy can be used in either individual, couple, or group settings.
What happens in a session?
The first step in Somatic therapy is "resourcing"- helping you to find safety. This provides the foundations from which we then begin to explore your experience. From there, we may use a mixture of talking, tracking sensations and gestures, healing touch and movement, depending on your needs on the day. Allowing your inner world to emerge "drop by drop",
helps to befriend and eventually transform difficulties.
As your therapist, I will guide and support you, by holding a space of loving presence,
empathy, and deep respect for what unfolds.
(Please see testimonials below).
SOMATIC THERAPY: 60 euros
Contact Aisling on 085 155 2233 to book.
Aisling recieves on-going supervision from Joan Davis, sensory-motor psychotherapist and founder of Origins.
Why work with the body?
As the old saying goes, " The body never lies".
Current scientific research is showing that for long lasting life transformation to occur, we need to address
our body as well as our psychology, as both are intertwined. This is where Somatic therapy comes in- working with the body responses that underlie the psychological, especially on a nervous system level, the body can heal the mind.
In Somatic therapy, the body is understood as the gateway to our inner world, as well as containing healing capacities to restore balance and well-being.
Through attending to our body's sensations, gestures, and tone of voice, we can discover the behaviours
that are embedded there, and begin to transform them. Often these patterns have their roots in early childhood- in pre-verbal stages which talking alone cannot reach. As we contact these places through our body's sensations, we can gently and safely allow areas of blockage to release, bringing emotional healing, and a re-newed sense of life's possibilities.
Together, we build skills to regulate and balance these responses which often have their roots in ancient survival responses of fight/ flight/ freeze. When unregulated, this can lead to feelings of fear, anger, dissociation, and disempowerment. By addressing trauma and difficulties on this level of the nervous system, it is possible to go to the root source of stress and distress, and gently release stored trauma and re-pattern our responses.
Techniques of somatic therapy include:
- embodied mindfulness: present moment awareness
- talking therapy
- tracking body sensations and movement
- titrating: a drop by drop, safe and measured approach
- therapeutic touch, drawn from biodynamic cranio-sacral therapy and Bodymindcentering.
- creative expression
"Aisling is kind, warm and non-judgmental and creates a healing space to explore all aspects of being human. I have worked with Aisling using Somatic therapy and yoga. I have learned how to be more kind and loving to myself and self-regulate when I am in emotional pain. I would highly recommend working with Aisling as a pathway to healing and becoming more whole."
"Working with Aisling has given me a greater connection with my inner self. I have learned to be more mindful of what my body is trying to tell me and I have gained a better connection with my child within."
"Aisling is not only well trained, but also very gifted therapist. She creates a warm and safe environment where it feels safe to open up, and there is never pressure to share more than I want. It has helped me to accept myself in the present moment- I'm more friendly and patient with myself. I really appreciate the wide spectrum of forms of support I can receive: from guided meditation,relaxation ,counselling to authentic movement and artistic expression."
"The somatic therapy has been a springboard for me to take control and do things for myself. I have valued the movement because it energised me in stuckness, and I find myself dancing more even at home. I loved the security that's brought through, to bring me home when I would be overwhelmed maybe by fears. I could come back to myself. "
"The somatic touch brought up issues that I was able to then deal with, stuff that had been buried. It was all so natural, done in small amounts, so that whatever came up was maneable rathern than overwhelming. Really I was coming home to my body."
"Staying present in the body is difficult for me at times, but always brings release and change in the way I feel. I always feel better and more relaxed after our one hour sessions."
I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation. I have little doubt that as individuals, families, communities, and even nations, we have the capacity to learn how to heal and prevent much of the damage done by trauma. In so doing, we will significantly increase our ability to achieve both our individual and collective dreams.”
― Peter A. Levine, Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body