Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | January 31, 2008

What is Somatic Education?

From a base of relaxation and self-awareness any person is more equipped to take healthy action. Somatic Education teaches us to pay attention to the ever-changing movements (both subtle internal bodily cues and large external movement) of the living body. If we are tense, anxious, frustrated somatic techniques can help us locate where in the body these feelings live. We can breathe, move, and vocalize to let go of tension. Starting with a more relaxed body our actions can be more efficient, effective, and expressive. Somatic education can also teach us to vary how we use our body, helping us to access strength, focus, and empathy. Learning to modulate our physical behavior also helps us communicate with diverse people. Having a wide range of body language makes us more effective leaders. (submitted by Martha Eddy, 2008)

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