'Somatology is the holistic science of human experience
"The term 'somatics' was first introduced into modern psychology
by Thomas Hanna. The greek word soma is defined as `the body experienced
from within´ and reflects the efforts of modern bodywork practitioners
and somatic movement therapists to move away from the dualistic splitting
of mind from body, towards a model of integrated fuctioning of the whole
person, psyche and soma.
Somatic psychology offers a bridge, an interface between psychotherapy
and somatic therapy; it addresses the psychological implications and meaning
of bodily expressions and symptoms"
(Hartley, 2004, p.11+13).
Linda Hartley, one of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s first students
developed Bonnie’s approach by enriching the BMCtm -school-material
with selected methods from the emerging field of somatic psychology and
the therapeutic application of Authentic Movement, thus creating the practice
of "Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy".
Some of the ideas and approaches within this field
- Dreambodywork (based on the process oriented pshychology work of Arnold
& Amy Mindell)
Using this approach unintentional movements are perceived and amplified.
We work with edges (the boundary between
primary (intentional) and secondary (unintentional) processes) and channel
changing. Channels in this context are modes of experience, neutral
or empty vessels through which information manifests. The channels most
commonly identified are the kinesthetic, visual, auditory, proprioceptive
or relationship channels;
- the development of the sense of self as developed by Daniel Stern;
- the influence of birth on the development of the will and personality
- the relationship between emotional and neurological development;
- the body-mind-feeling connection and the field of psychoneuroimmunology;
- inner body dialogue – what kind of information speaks out of
a bodily sensation or blockage?
- Linda Hartley: Somatic Psychology, Body, Mind & Meaning. London