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.
"The Emotional Body course is an extremely effective method for exploring basic emotional patterns in the body. Knowing how to get into an emotional state is a very effective way to know how to get out of an emotional state that you are caught in." ~ Richard Hruby, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (Asheville Training, 2019)
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 resilience, 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 affect labeling (acquiring the words to describe how you feel), and transforming these discoveries into clear and regulated physical expressions.
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.
"My eyes were opened through the information presented at the Emotional Body Course. I rarely paid attention to the physical changes that come with emotions before, and I have found that since my class, I notice the twinklings of my physical patterns almost before my brain has time to define my feelings. I now know how to create an appropriate somatic response to any event." ~ Ann (Asheville Training, 2019)
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 lessons that also provide specific physical patterns in breath and muscle behavior to look for that can be ilinked to emotions, we can learn to more accurately recognize what we are feeling, shift and regulate our expressions, and express them more clearly to others.
Discover the limitless personal and professional benefits of learning these skills!
- Increase vocal, physical, and emotional expressive range
- Understand and speak about emotions with comfort, wisdom, and grace
- Identify and allow space for emotions in yourself and in others
- Access vocal, physical and emotional expressions with ease
- Discover personal and professional benefits and applications
- Experience interdisciplinary somatic methods that are beneficial to all
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