SOMATIC EXPERIENCING®

with Paula Josa-Jones, MA, CMA, RSMET, SEP, TTEAM

I am offering virtual and in-person sessions at this time, and observing COVID precautions.
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From my many years of working with horses, I have a deep appreciation for the flexibility and recuperative abilities of the nervous systems of these large mammals. Even though they are prey animals with a finely attuned ability to track their environment, on their own they do not tend to develop fixed emotional and somatic responses.

For humans, the body can often be perceived as a place of danger or betrayal. With our big brains and a cultural model that prefers cognition to embodiment, we often default to habitual thought or behavior patterns that override or avoid more direct and authentic somatic experience. This can result in emotional and physical disregulation expressed as anxiety, depression, pain, constriction, fear and immobilization.

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine. SE engages both body and mind, focusing on regulation and repair. Listening to the body and our emotional responses helps us gain greater resilience, balance and ease.

Somatic Experiencing® focuses on the sensations that lie beneath our feelings and uncovering our habitual responses to these feelings. Clients develop increased tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions, helping them to gain access to greater resilience and expressivity, while learning how to stay in the present moment.

As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner my work integrates somatic movement, touch, and perspectives drawn from Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, Authentic Movement and Deep Listening, the work of composer Pauline Oliveros with whom I collaborated for many years.
Somatic Experiencing® is for:
  • Those who want a more conscious and compassionate relationship with their bodies.
  • Individuals recovering from injury, physical or emotional trauma.
  • Individuals recovering from addiction.
  • Paula's work with clients also integrates:
    Authentic Movement, a contemplative movement practice that nourishes creativity and imagination through a practice of intuitive and spontaneous movement and SourceWork - guided bodily meditations for deepening and expanding movement awareness.

    Kathy Kain's professional development and training in touch and trauma recovery. I have been studying Kathy's Somatic Skills, Somatics of Emotions and Somatics of Complex Emotions over the past two years, and consider her perspectives to be an important and clarifying aspect of my trauma-informed somatic work.

    Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), helps us understand where movement may lack coherence, feeling and connectivity, by looking at the overall bodily, spatial and expressive map of one's movement. Paula also works with perspectives drawn from her study of Body-Mind Centering®.

    Embodied Equine Experiencing may be appropriate for those wishing to discover the powerful, integrative presence of horses. Paula's book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body is a guide to deepening communication and understanding through the healing presence of horses.

    Directory Listing: TraumaHealing.org

    Download The Wisdom of the Moving Body

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