What is Soma Awareness?
Soma stands for Body in the Greek language. In ancient cultures, the word Soma was used to refer to eternal wisdom and powerful healing "moon water,” representing deep feminine intuitive wisdom. In modern times, Soma refers to our embodied experience, or as the poet, Gayle Brandeis, phrased it, "Soma is the place where our minds, bodies and spirits unite. It is the intelligent flesh, the spirited flesh that can capture our own wholeness and integrity.”
I believe that our Body is indeed the instrument when it comes to experiencing life, our life, on this plane of existence. Our Body, our Soma, is an amazing conception, and while we can argue forever about the origin of that thought, I think that we can all agree that it is a brilliant biochemical, electromagnetic organism that is full of mysteries.
Our Body, with its myriad internal and external functions and all its senses allows us to experience and interact with the environment around us, including each other. While we are all doing a great job in looking outside our body and experiencing the world out there, very seldom do we take the time to look and experience the world inside. Other than the times that our body is yelling at us in pain, or is in some kind of emotional or mental distress, we generally avoid spending time “in there.”
Soma Awareness is an integrative therapeutic bodywork approach that incorporates a number of therapeutic techniques with the primary intention being to assist you by increasing your awareness about your body, and getting you in touch with your own healing abilities. Awareness is the highway necessary for the Body-Mind-Spirit connection. Just by bringing and increasing our awareness towards any aspect of our Soma that is seeking our attention, we start the healing process.