Every life event takes place not only in our mind, but also in our body. Our mental, emotional, and physical experiences are interdependent. Although our culture is thought-centric, the language of the body is our mother-tongue. The body is the home of feeling and to heal we need to access it.
Breath, movement, posture and nervous system regulation are procedural body processes that carry the legacy of how we learned to be in the world. For some of us this includes the legacy of trauma and impaired attachment dynamics (how we learned to be in relationship with others from our earliest relational imprints). Research in the fields of neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology confirm the power of body-oriented psychotherapy to access these deeper held layers of memory and self.
Through body psychotherapy we are able to access what has been repressed and what wants to be expressed. There may be painful feelings of anger, shame, fear and grief but equally feelings of love, joy, pleasure, expansion and spontaneity that are buried under shallow breath, numbness, disconnection, tension or ‘body armouring’. By burying all of this we learned to adapt and navigate life with the best strategies available to us, but we may have cut off our true ‘aliveness’ and be carrying patterns of behaviour that no longer serve us.