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"We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same."
-- Martha Graham
Conversation and homework:
Understanding how systemic power impacts the body:
Somatics: from the Greek word soma, means "the living body in its wholeness;" it can also be understood as mind-body-spirit, or mental-physical-emotional-spiritual.
In Somatic Coaching, we work through the body to create awareness, choice and change in a person's life, habits, thoughts, feelings, and experiences. We do this through de-armoring bodywork, skills-building practices, conversation and homework, and by building an understanding of how systemic power impacts the body.
Examples of somatic session work: a movement practice designed to help clients learn to say "no;" a bodywork practice that opens up cells and tissue to allow more space for a chosen response rather than a historic reaction; a sitting practice designed to help train the attention; a jo (a stick weapon) practice to help a client focus their creative intention.
It takes 300 repetitions of a practice for it to become muscle memory, and 3000 repetitions to switch from one move to another.
For example, with writing, when we are learning to sit down and write, if we notice what happens in our bodies, we can uncover our conscious and unconscious limitations. We practice and reflect on the practice, experiment, try again. Most importantly, we repeat our practice, over and over again until we embody what we are practicing.
With repeated, ongoing effort, students and clients experience the changes they seek, and make their dreams a reality. Learn more about how you can become a Skills for Change Coach here.
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