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  • Erika Shershun, MA, MFTI

Somatic Psychotherapy: is it the right choice for you?

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

For those who are unfamiliar with he term somatic, its origins can be found in the ancient Greek word soma, meaning body. If you're seeking therapy for help with uncomfortable or intrusive thoughts and emotions you might be wondering "why the body when my thoughts originate in my brain?" To continue reading please click this link.

A sensory awareness exercise

Find a comfortable place to sit without distraction.

Gradually shift your focus inward.

Take note of how your breath feels in this moment.

Feel the cool air coming in through your nostrils and the warm air leaving your nostrils.

Notice, without judgment, is your breath relaxed and open or more constricted and shallow, or somewhere in between?

Follow the breath for a time.

Now shift focus, taking note of what sensations call your attention, again letting go of any judgement of good or bad.

Choose one to work with.

See how many characteristics you can describe about the sensation: does it have a size, shape, temperature, texture, or movement?

If you begin to feel overwhelmed shift focus to a neutral or pleasant feeling sensation in another part of your body, often our hands feel neutral, or return to following your breath.

As you mindfully stay with the sensation, take note of how it changes.

Does it get bigger, smaller, or does it disappear?

Follow the sensation for as long as you are comfortable doing so.

Sensations, like emotions, will always shift with time; the body is always in a state of flux.

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