Have you felt at an impasse with a client?
- Are you unsure of how to move forward?
- Do you sometimes feel you only have half of the information and resources needed to help your client feel better?
- Have you ever noticed your clients body language as different from their words?
Are you ready to discover how a body-integrated approach to working with your clients can help you reach beyond the impasse to greater emotional depths?
Three decades worth of research in the fields of neurobiology, psychoneuroimmunology,and other medical fields have demonstrated the connection between the mind and the body.Brain science and the advent of imaging technology have made it clear just how embodied the mind is.
The mind exists throughout the entire body
The mind receives its impressions of the world primarily through the sensory system (ie., the five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching) and interprets these perceptions through the brain. The unconscious mind exists in the lower brain functions and is expressed in dreams, conditioned responses, somatic memories, and sometimes, in physical symptoms and behaviors. We do not have a single feeling, thought, or behavior that is not mediated by the body. There is no separation between Mind, Body & Emotion.
Life is a somatic experience and your client’s body is an amazing resource of information which can be a helpful guide to recovery, healing and wholeness.
Through Transformative Touch (TT) you will have full access to the wealth of information held in the body.In learning TT you will learn how to explore the bodily means by which your clients move through their everyday lives. Through the use of breath work, movement, touch, and explorations of feeling, sensation, posture, and gesture, clients experience how they shape their sense of self and their experience of other and the world.
Clients become more conscious of how they breathe, move, and speak, and where they experience feelings in their bodies. The state of our breathing pattern reflects the state of emotional being.The breath is also an incredible resource for stabilizing, soothing and self-regulating. Through increasing somatic awareness your clients can make new choices and create the change they seek in their lives.
Emotions are also a full body event
Even though feelings seem to be amorphous and ethereal, we do not have either feelings or thoughts separately from our body.Just as you feel physical pain when you put your hand on a hot stove, emotions are physiological events. Crying involves tears, sounds and changes in breathing patterns. Sometimes when you are about to cry or want to stop from crying you may tighten the muscles in your face and throat and restrict your breathing to hold back the tears. You feel a “lump” in your throat or a tightness in your jaw. These are some of the sensations of sadness and grief.Your heart may pound with fear when you stand up to give a speech or make an announcement or perhaps your mouth becomes exceedingly dry. In TT we help our clients connect these sensations to feelings , assisting them to have an expanded emotional vocabulary and allowing them to navigate the ups and downs of their lives.
The body knows emotions differently than the mind
For example, depression in the mind is often a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. In the body it shows up as weight and pressure. Together they bring a fuller picture of the client’s emotional experience and its effect on their lives. The body has clues that can guide the way out.
In TT we know that every aspect of human experience is connected and that each element of body, mind, heart and soul co-exists, complements, and unites to create a complete, whole person. TT engages them all and honors the importance of each.
Despite the fact that “psyche” means “soul” the Spirit aspect of the person is overlooked or often avoided in traditional psychotherapy.
As human beings we are also embodied Spirit
Spirit and soul are often the Source of our innate healing capacity. After all the psyche is always moving toward wholeness.In working with our clients it is important to remember that there lives in each of them the resilience, faith, hope, and love which can sustain and guide them to wholeness and joy.
Touching and transforming lives is the reason many of us got into psychotherapy and social work. In our somatic therapy touch is not only metaphorical, it is literal. We touch in order to access the healing wisdom that the body has to offer our clients. Our touch is a touch of presence, not a doing or fixing touch.
Touch is they key
When you are moved deeply in your heart you say you are “touched.” Touch opens you to your heart space. Touch awakens you to warmth and belonging, to both your fragility and your strength. Touch allows for a repairing of attachment patterns. It also gives us as therapists direct access to the nervous system of the client and helps re-wire the circuitry of past wounds. Touch is the skill that we add to Talk and offers a new depth to your therapeutic practice. We touch with our hands, our hearts, and our words.
Have you found that insight is not sufficient for working with trauma? Are you looking for an approach that incorporates the latest research findings?
Trauma is an experience of overwhelm that gets stored in the body and is imprinted in the sensory and emotional systems. The nervous system is thrown into a neuroception of danger and life threat. Transformative Touch supports a return to a neuroception of Safety. It allows a whole bodymind communication and provides a unique feedback loop between therapist and client which is not available in non-touch modalities. Through the simultaneous use of touch and talk, we provide neural integration of right brain/left brain processes. The body holds the resources necessary for healing the trauma. Through heightened awareness, the body becomes an ally and a guide opening new pathways and possibilities.