This technique emphasizes the essence of staying connected to your body while experiencing explosive emotions or sensations. With self-regulation, you can develop tools to calm you down and help you respond effectively to intense emotional stress. Living a regulated life also enables you to deeply experience emotions such as love to experience the sweetness of life fully.
Moving your body can create a powerful feeling of accomplishment, especially if your body is frozen or numbed by experiences. Simple movements such as postures and gestures tap into your capacity to heal from experiences such as intense emotions, past traumas, and insecurities. Somatic movements are performed consciously to focus on your internal experiences rather than the results of the action. Unlike sit-ups or pushups, these movements are all about quality to help you mindfully engage with your impulses to drive a resolution.
Titration involves the process of slowing down physiological and emotional responses. Experiencing feelings such as fear or anger is expressed in your body through sensations that may leave you feeling frozen, overheated, or completely lost. Therefore, diving into these emotions headfirst subjects you to the risk of overwhelming yourself and retraumatizing your mind and body. Titration ensures you process small levels of distress at a time and helps keep track of your responses and sensations to release stressful energy at a balanced pace.
Sequencing is essential since it offers relief after your body sequences through a traumatic event or emotional experience. Somatic sequencing is often characterized by sensations that move throughout the body. For example, the tension in your belly may move upwards and tighten your chest or throat. This tension may move downwards in some instances, leaving your legs feeling heavy. Sequencing may also trigger other emotional releases, such as crying and trembling as the tension leaves your body.
As seen, Somatic Therapy goes well beyond just treating the mind. As with all therapies, soma therapy is an emotionally difficult and long journey requiring patience and perseverance. Therefore, it is vital to think through your emotional and physical goals and what you want to accomplish through the Therapy. You may choose soma therapy as part of your approach to treatment to improve emotional regulation, address relationship concerns, process grief, decrease symptoms of anxiety or depression, and increase self-confidence.