I want to talk a little bit about Somatics. Soma-what? Somatics. I know most people have never heard the word. And that’s why I’m here today. In a nutshell, Somatics is about the “lived experience.” A method for taking our health and wellness into our own hands by honoring what we feel from the inside out.
When I was first introduced the term “Somatics,” I only had a vague understanding of the meaning behind the word. I’m sure the first place I heard it was during my undergraduate experience where I was required to take a class called (wait for it) Somatics. (Go figure). But even then, my main perception of the class was tied directly to what we did in the class. I knew that one of the objectives of the class was to make me a better dancer/mover, and that we would spend a great deal of time going “back to basics” to reconnect to our body. It was definitely one of my favorite classes, but I still don’t think I fully understood the meaning of Somatics.
From that point on, I spent a great deal of time and effort learning about various methods within the field of Somatics. It’s a powerful thing. Using a Somatics approach to fitness and health can change your life.