This page features art created by Somatic Therapy practitioners, trainees and clients. It is a celebration of Creativity; one of the ways the soul expresses itself. Each is inspired by their experience of somatic therapy and an appreciation of the wisdom inherent in our bodies.
CHRIS HAMMER, Master Trainer: For all of my life, I have loved making art however when it came time to make an academic choice, I gave into conventionality and cultural pressure to pursue what was considered a sensible and stable profession: Physical Therapy. Art making then became my “hobby”. I spent many years in conflict with my artist self though always doing some form of art.
Through my many years exploring my own bodymind, emotions and spirit as well as helping others as a bodymind practitioner I have connected with that inner artist, present since an early age. I now am a prolific healing artdoll artist and puppeteer, using this medium to help others connect to their soul’s longing to bring into manifestation their inner dreams.
ART DOLLS by Chris Hammer
Harriet Tubman as Metaphor- by Chris Hammer
Harriet Tubman was a transformational figure in our American history. She followed her soul’s calling to free herself from the chains of slavery.
Once she was free and with her steady reliance on Spirit, Harriet guided others on the Underground Railroad to their freedom.
We can be inspired by Harriet’s journey as it can be seen as a metaphor for our own lives. We all can shake the chains of our personal places of enslavement.
Through the transformation of touch; touching through presence, words, heart and hands, we can be guided to express our own soul’s expression of happiness.
Then, like Harriet and through Transformational Touch, we can help others discover their birthright- freedom; the soul’s dwelling place.
Poetry & Art = SOMATRY by Chris Hammer
Somatry: Poetry of the soma: an expressive art method that uses the body to form and inform an experience, thought, feeling, and awareness. Feelings, thoughts, and beliefs are story-ed in the body as movement, posture, and emotions. These stories can be accessed through somatic awareness, word and art.
Somatry becomes a personal story releasing stories allowing for a fuller expression of self- body, mind emotions and spirit.
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