Ep #05 How Getting Into Somatics Can Bring You Personal Growth

by | Nov 30, 2023 | Manifestation, SBMC, SCA Podcast

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My Call to Somatics

Discovering My Path Through Pain and Loss

My journey into the world of somatics began not with an epiphany but through a series of deeply personal and painful experiences. At the age of fourteen, I faced the devastating loss of my grandmother to cancer—a turning point that left me grappling with not only emotional turmoil but also inexplicable physical pain. This pain manifested as severe back issues, which, for years, I could not understand or connect to my emotional state. It was a perplexing contradiction: I was an active individual, yet I found myself periodically incapacitated by back pain. This conundrum and a book my mother sent to me – Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss, set me on a path of exploration, seeking answers that traditional medicine couldn’t provide.

The Intersection of Personal and Professional Growth in Somatics

As I delved deeper into understanding my pain, I realized that my journey was not just about personal healing but also about discovering a way to use my experiences to help others. This realization marked the beginning of my professional calling to somatics. It was dawning that healing wasn’t a linear journey confined to the physical body but a complex interplay between the body and the mind. My personal growth through somatics became inseparable from my aspiration to guide others on their paths to healing. This dual path of healing and guiding has been the cornerstone of my career in somatics, demonstrating that personal experiences can profoundly influence professional aspirations.

Understanding Somatics

What Are Somatics and Why They Matter

Somatics, at its core, is about understanding the intimate and intricate relationship between our physical body and our mental-emotional state. It’s a field that acknowledges how our bodies hold and express emotions, shaping our experiences of the world and ourselves. For me, somatics was the key that unlocked the door to understanding the root causes of my pain and suffering. It offered a framework to comprehend how unresolved emotional distress could manifest as physical symptoms. This understanding is not just academic; it’s a transformative tool for personal growth and healing. By exploring somatics, we open ourselves to a holistic approach to health, one that considers the whole person, not just isolated symptoms.

The Body-Mind Connection: A Pillar of Healing

The fundamental principle of somatics—the inseparable nature of the body and mind—was a revelation to me. My chronic back pain, which had bewildered me for years, began to make sense when I viewed it through the lens of somatics. I started to see the connection between my physical symptoms and my emotional states, such as frustration, anger, and depression. This understanding was not just theoretical; it was deeply personal and experiential. It became clear that to heal, I needed to address not just the physical pain but also the emotional wounds that were contributing to it. This holistic view of healing, which considers the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of our being, is the foundation of somatics. It’s a powerful reminder that our bodies and minds are not separate entities but parts of a whole, constantly communicating and influencing each other.

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The Turning Points

Listening to the Whispers of the Universe

Throughout my life, there have been numerous moments that seemed to gently (and sometimes not so gently) nudge me toward a deeper understanding of somatics. Reflecting on my journey, it’s clear that these weren’t just coincidences but whispers from the universe, guiding me towards my true path. The universe speaks in mysterious ways—through personal loss, physical pain, and the frustration of unfulfilled potential in conventional medical settings. Each of these experiences was a call to explore beyond the surface, urging me to look deeper into the interconnectedness of body and mind. Recognizing these signs and deciding to follow them was a pivotal moment in my life, marking the beginning of a profound transformation.

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From Pain to Purpose: My Personal Transformation

My transition from enduring pain to discovering my calling in somatics was not instantaneous. It was a gradual process of connecting the dots between my emotional struggles and physical symptoms. This journey of self-discovery and healing was both challenging and enlightening. It taught me that pain, whether physical or emotional, was not an obstacle but a guidepost pointing towards areas of my life that needed attention and care. Embracing somatics allowed me to transform my pain into purpose, guiding me to not only heal myself but also to assist others in their healing journeys. This transformation was my initiation into the true essence of somatics—a healing modality that acknowledges and utilizes the profound connection between the body and mind.

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The Leap of Faith: Starting My Own Practice

Deciding to Dive In

The decision to start my own practice was both exhilarating and terrifying. It required a leap of faith, stepping into the unknown with the belief that the universe would catch me. This decision was driven by a deep-seated conviction that there was more to healing than what traditional practices offered. I yearned to create a space where healing encompassed the whole person, recognizing the intricate dance between our physical sensations and emotional states. It was a bold move, driven by the whispers of the universe that I had learned to trust. This leap was not just about starting a new business; it was about committing to a life dedicated to holistic healing and transformation.

Overcoming Doubts and Challenges

Embarking on this journey was not without its doubts and challenges. Societal expectations and conventional wisdom often questioned the viability of a practice based on somatics. There were moments of uncertainty, where the path forward seemed clouded with doubts about financial stability and the acceptance of somatic practices in the broader healthcare landscape. However, armed with the knowledge of the transformative power of somatics and fueled by personal experiences of healing, I persisted. Overcoming these obstacles required not just courage but also a steadfast belief in the value of the work I was doing. It was a testament to the power of conviction and the importance of listening to one’s inner voice.

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How Somatics Can Transform Lives

Healing Beyond the Surface

Somatics has the profound ability to facilitate healing that goes beyond the surface, addressing the root causes of pain and discomfort that are often overlooked in traditional medical models. This holistic approach to healing considers the entire individual, integrating body, mind, and spirit in the healing process. The transformations I’ve witnessed—both in myself and in those I’ve had the privilege to work with—attest to the life-changing impact of somatics. By tuning into our bodies and acknowledging the interconnectedness of our physical and emotional experiences, profound healing and personal growth are possible.

Why Somatics Is for Anyone

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned on this journey is that somatics is not just for a select few. It’s a universal tool for healing and growth that can benefit anyone willing to explore the depths of their being. The myth that somatics is only for those with a certain level of physical ability or those suffering from specific ailments couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether you’re navigating physical pain, emotional distress, or simply seeking a deeper connection with yourself, somatics offers a pathway to healing. It’s an invitation to explore the wisdom of your body and discover the transformative power of aligning body and mind.

Joining the Somatic Journey

Answering Your Call to Somatics

If you’re feeling a pull towards somatics, a curiosity that goes beyond mere interest, it’s likely that the universe is nudging you towards a path of profound personal and professional growth. In the podcast, Ani and I talked about how many of our students and clients feel this deep calling to somatics, often described as a search for answers or a longing for a more meaningful way to help others. This calling is not random; it’s a sign that somatics might hold the key to unlocking your full potential, both as an individual seeking personal growth and as a professional aspiring to make a significant impact in the lives of others.

How to Begin Your Journey in Somatics

Starting your journey in somatics can seem daunting, especially if you’re unsure where to begin. Here are a few practical steps to get you started:

  • Reflect on Your Why: Consider what draws you to somatics. Is it a desire for personal healing, a passion for helping others, or perhaps both? Understanding your motivation will guide your path forward.
  • Educate Yourself: Dive into the wealth of resources available on somatics. Books, articles, and podcasts like ours can provide valuable insights and broaden your understanding.
  • Connect with Our Community: The Somatic Coaching Academy is more than just an educational institution; it’s a community of like-minded individuals passionate about somatics. Reaching out to us can provide you with the support and guidance you need to take your first steps.

Conclusion: The Journey Continues

My Ongoing Journey and Invitation to Yours

My journey into somatics has been transformative, not just in how I view health and healing but in every aspect of my life. It’s a journey that, quite honestly, has no end. Each day offers new insights, challenges, and opportunities for growth. I invite you to join me on this incredible journey. Whether you’re seeking personal healing or looking to enrich your professional practice, somatics offers a path to deeper understanding and profound transformation.

If you feel called to explore somatics, I encourage you to take the next step. Contact the Somatic Coaching Academy to learn more about our certification programs and resources. Our team, comprised of graduates who have walked the path you’re considering, is here to share their experiences and guide you on your journey. Whether you’re at the beginning of your somatic exploration or ready to dive deeper, we’re here to support you. Join us, and discover how somatics can enrich your life and the lives of those you touch.

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