Body Oriented (Somatic) Therapies
Body-oriented or somatic therapies are therapeutic approaches that emphasize the mind-body connection and the influence of bodily experiences on emotions, thoughts, and overall well-being. These therapies recognize that psychological issues and traumas can manifest physically and can be stored in the body as tension, discomfort, or other physical sensations. Somatic therapists help individuals become more aware of their bodily sensations, movements, and postures, encouraging them to explore and express emotions and memories associated with these physical experiences. Techniques often include breathing exercises, movement, touch, and guided awareness to facilitate the release of tension and promote emotional healing. Somatic therapies aim to integrate the body and mind, fostering a sense of wholeness, resilience, and improved mental health by addressing both physical and psychological aspects of well-being.
Polyvagal Informed Therapy
Polyvagal-Informed Therapy is an approach rooted in the understanding of the polyvagal theory, which illuminates the intricate interplay between the autonomic nervous system and our social interactions. This theory emphasizes the role of the vagus nerve in our responses to stress, safety, and connection. In therapy, this knowledge is applied to help individuals regulate their nervous system and navigate their emotional experiences. By fostering awareness of physiological responses, therapists assist in identifying triggers and providing tailored interventions to enhance a sense of safety and well-being. Polyvagal-Informed Therapy empowers individuals to build resilience, improve emotional regulation, and enhance their capacity for healthy relationships by leveraging insights from neurobiology. It's a holistic approach that integrates science and practice to support individuals in their healing journey.
"There is no such thing as a 'bad' response; there are only adaptive responses"
Dr. Stephen Porges