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What is Somatic Therapy? 

Somatic Therapy offers a variety of benefits. It reduces discomfort, strain, and stress in the body. It transforms negative emotional experiences, creates a greater sense of Self, builds resilience, and offers hope. It is a holistic form of healing that is grounded in the relationship between the mind and the body.

As Somatic Therapists, our intent is to help clients move into wholeness and well-being – body, mind, heart, and soul. These are all aspects of the self that are inseparably interwoven and are addressed at all levels, a concept often ignored in traditional talk therapy. Each level represents an expansion and deepening of skills. All practitioners will help you experience your body as a wise resource, ally and guide for your life, through somatic healing.

All Somatic Therapists listed have demonstrated competency in Transformative Touch through our somatic therapy training, an approach to Somatic Therapy that occurs through the touch of our voices, the compassion of our presence, and the talk of our hands. At the time of their certification all therapists listed have completed the necessary somatic therapy training and maintained their certification with Continuing Education courses.

  • CST L1 – Certified Somatic Therapist – Level One:  Brings a focus to your body’s experience as the place where your thoughts, feelings and emotions are expressed and manifested.
  • CST L2 – Certified Somatic Therapist – Level Two: Adds further experience of guidance through the emotional field.
  • CST L3 -Certified Somatic Therapist – Level Three: Adds experience with the impact of family of origin dynamics, attachment wounds, and core beliefs.
  • CST Pro-Certified Somatic Therapist Pro -Experience of  5 years of clinical practice as a full time practitioner.
  • MST: Master Somatic Therapist: Clinical Experience of 10 plus years plus completion of 3 Levels of Graduate training


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Noël Wight  – Co-Director, MA-Master Somatic Therapist

If you…

  • Feel like there should be more to life than this (whatever “this” is )
  • Live more in your head and want to learn to be comfortable living in your body
  • Are filled with aches and pains (emotional or physical) and want some relief
  • Feel stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted and you want some comfort and ease

…then you are in the right place. I can help you.

Our work together will be collaborative. I am here as your guide. I believe there is a place of wholeness and well-being that already exists within you; it just got overlaid along the course of your life. Our job together, through Somatic Therapy, is to clear the path of all the obstacles and hindrances, so that you can move more freely and live more fully. Through gentle touch and intuitive dialogue, I will listen to you with compassion and understanding providing a safe space for somatic healing to explore and discover how your body is a wise ally and guide for your life.

I have been on a healing journey both personally and professionally for over 35 years, both as a therapist and teacher of somatic therapy training. Life has taught me a great deal about being human and through all the twists and turns of events I know the destination has been finding and being my deepest, truest self. That is the journey I offer to anyone who comes to work with me. There are certainly some universal themes in being human, but for each person, the path is different and unique. Through all the ups and downs, I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and its ability to lead us all back home to our truest brightest Selves.

CONTACT: (215) 659-1495 or email somatictherapycenter@gmail.com

Joe Weldon- Co-Director, Licensed Psychologist, Master Somatic Therapist

Unable to walk until the age of five imbued in me a deep respect and regard for the traumatic experience of the loss of movement. In a Somatic Therapy session, I will help you differentiate your essence from the injuries that have happened to you. This will help you restore movements to your being that are necessary for you to live a life with ease, joy, and meaning. When full and free movement is restored then love becomes visible and viable. Come for a session and restore the lost, taken away, and forgotten movement that is your natural birthright.

Thousands of clients seeking to restore movement to their bodies and transform their lives are now moving about more freely and easily because of the gentle transformative touch I have skillfully provided them. Hundreds more have learned the fine art and skill of Transformative Touch in our one-of-a-kind somatic therapy training.

CONTACT: (215) 659-1495  somatictherapycenter@gmail.com

 


Join a Mini-Series

The BODYWISE SERIES will be a 3-5 part weekly series of experiential Somatic Therapy mini-workshops inviting you to experience healing beyond traditional talk therapy, to use your body in a new way. For most of us we treat our body as a mechanical vehicle that takes us from place to place. From time to time we might take it in for a tune up, but mostly we wait until there is some kind of breakdown or malfunction, before we pay it much attention. It’s when we sprain our wrist that we realize how many things per day we do that involve the movement of our wrist and our hands- putting on clothes, opening the refrigerator, carrying something, lifting, walking the dog, etc. It takes some kind of illness or limitation to awaken us to the miracle of our body.

These series are designed to open you to a whole new appreciation of your body through somatic healing. It is far more than a machine, it is home to your thoughts, your feelings, your spirit. It is a wise body..a holy body.

In our first 3- part series, we will relish the life giving miracle of your breath, the essence of your heart, and the surety of your feet.

Dates and more information coming soon.

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Visit our affiliate and sister organizations:

Esalen Institute
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
The Philadelphia Rebirthing Center
Kripalu Yoga and Movement Center
GoodTherapy

Resources

Recommended Books to Read

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

In Coming to Our Senses, Kabat-Zinn shares how every human has the capacity to mobilize deep, innate resources for learning, growing, and healing, through mindful attention to your five senses. View on Amazon

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
by John O’Donohue

In Anam Cara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” the ancient teachings and blessings of Celtic wisdom invite you into a new relationship with your own divinity. Of particular note is his exploration of the spirituality of our senses and the body. View on Amazon

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles
by BruceLipton

A groundbreaking work in the field of cell biology, former medical school professor and research scientist Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.,shares research that has far reaching implications to our understanding of life. Central to this book is that we are not controlled by our genes and DNA, rather our cell’s expression is influenced by the messages from our positive and negative thoughts. View on Amazon

The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing
by Mimi Guaneri 

A Gem of a book. Weaving patient stories with scientific research, Guarneri explores the terrain of the heart. As a cardiologist, she learns that the biography of the heart is as important as the biology of the heart. She explores how the heart may be “broken” as much by loneliness and depression as high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. View on Amazon

The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment
by Babette Rothschild 

Rothschild’s book is for both clinicians and clients. It explains how people who have been traumatized hold an implicit memory of traumatic events in their brains and bodies. That memory is often expressed in the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder–nightmares, flashbacks, startle responses, and dissociative behaviors.  Although she does not use touch, she does give an overview of the importance of the body in healing trauma. View on Amazon

The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation
by Stephen Porges 

This book compiles Porges’s decades of neuroscience research. A leading expert in developmental psychophysiology and developmental behavioral neuroscience, Porges is the mind behind the groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory, which addresses the role of the autonomic nervous system in human behavior and has far reaching implications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and autism. View on Amazon

 

The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting
by Alice Miller

Following up her seminal work on narcissistic wounding, The Drama of A Gifted Child, Miller addresses in this book how unfulfilled needs from childhood are inevitably transferred to the body and produce adult long-term illness, depression and suicidality. Using the experiences of her patients along with the biographical stories of literary giants such as Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust, Miller shows how a child’s humiliation, impotence, and bottled rage will manifest itself as adult illness – be it cancer, stroke, or other debilitating diseases. View on Amazon

 

Films to watch

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INN SAEI is a brilliant documentary that explores the power of Intuition and its place in today’s stress filled world. It connects us to our 5 senses which are the gateways to our inner wisdom. Available on Netflix

Here is a trailer for a new movie titled HEAL .
“Director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all.”