Modern life has created a condition where it has become increasingly difficult to identify emotions in ourselves and in others. Research is constantly supporting this, and the emerging need for us to develop skills in emotional literacy, fluency, physical emotion regulation, and somatic sensing.
Yet we were all born with a body primed and ready to express our needs through emotions. The basic emotions with which we started life remain with us as we mature and they influence all that we feel, think, do, and say. These universal modes of expression are human nature’s building blocks for expression.
Emotional Body® courses help you develop the ability to sense, reconnect with, and manage these organic expressive tools. Using research-supported methods, gentle and gradually developed somatic sensing lessons are designed to help you learn emotional fluency and physical emotion regulation methods.
Physical self-regulation of emotion requires developing deep and detailed somatic sensing skills and a knowledge of how these translate into emotional expression. Somatic is a term that relates to the body. The word soma comes from the Greek word for body, and somatic sensing is physically “tuning into” many aspects of our bodies using all our senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, touch, and movement). Touch and movement sensing includes awareness of minute movements of muscles, skin temperature, pulse, breathing patterns, and any feelings like tingling, looseness or tightness of certain areas, resistance or ease of movement, and overall physical attitudes or intentions with movement. In addition to somatic sensing skills, physical self-regulation requires an understanding of how these sensations translate with respect to emotions. Learning how emotions emerge and express in and through our bodies is an essential element in achieving somatic self-regulation of emotion.
Few people have developed a heightened sense of bodily awareness and physical emotion self-regulation. Unfortunately, for far too many years, emotion has been addressed primarily from a purely psychological point of view. The perpetuation of a mind-body disconnect has caused us to live almost exclusively in our heads. However, with somatic sensing education and training, we can learn to more accurately recognize what we are feeling and express it clearly to others.
Discover the limitless personal and professional benefits of learning these skills!
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