Healing With Somatic Therapy | Types & Benefits

Last Update on July 27, 2023 : Published on October 23, 2020
Healing With Somatic Therapy

Trauma is one of the most difficult mental health issues that can last for days, weeks, months, and even years. When someone is dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event it can create an imbalance between mind, spirit, and body.

What is Somatic Therapy?

Somatic therapy is one of the more modern approaches to therapy that uses holistic healing with psychotherapy to treat trauma and other disorders. Somatic means “relating to the body, especially as distinct from the mind”. It is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s mind-body connection.

Although many therapy tools are often combined with this approach in the treatment. Very often therapists use physical exercises with the mind-body exercises to help with healing.

Somatic therapy can be performed in group therapy as well as in individual therapy sessions. This approach of Somatic therapy helps in treating:

How Somatic Therapy Works?

Emotional and physical stress can make us feel trapped and this feeling can lead us to feel panic, anxious, and jittery. Talk therapy or in-person therapy can effectively help with such problems by simply addressing the issues but somatic therapy will help by focusing on our body and mind.

Traumatic events can cause our body and mind to freeze in response. Anxiety and trauma from certain events directly affect the nervous system hence causing us to freeze or physical pain. Somatic therapy uses a person’s mind-body connection to alleviate tension, stress, anger, and other negative emotions from the body and improve the quality of life.

With time and practice, somatic therapy can help people become more aware of their mind-body connection. This can be obtained by practicing breathing exercises, physical exercises, massage, and grounding exercises.

The goal of this technique is to help a person develop more positive thinking and behavior to better respond to traumatic events in the future.

While somatic therapy might benefit trauma patients, it might not be helpful for healing long-term mental health problems.

What Does Somatic Therapy Treat? 

Somatic therapy is said to treat deeply rooted emotions stuck in your body that contribute to negative thoughts and feelings. These emotions may be stuck in the body because of trauma, but somatic therapy can also help address other problems than trauma. Some of the common issues somatic therapy may help address can include; 

  • Unprocessed grief 
  • Anger issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trust issues
  • Intimacy issues
  • Insecurity, and more. 

Types Of Somatic Therapy

From ancient Eastern techniques to more Western techniques, somatic therapy has many types. Some of the more commonly practiced somatic therapy types are:

  • Massage
  • Sensory awareness
  • Body-mind centring
  • Dance
  • Kinetic awareness
  • Martial arts
  • Ayurveda and Yoga
  • Reiki and acupressure
  • Meditation

Somatic therapy commonly helps in treating trauma, abuse, and PTSD. But it is not limited to these problems. Depression, addiction, and sexual problems can also be treated with the help of somatic therapy.

Somatic Therapy Techniques

Somatic therapy can incorporate different techniques to release negative emotions and trauma. The most common techniques somatic psychotherapy may use can include; 

  • Body Awareness: To release negative emotions from the body, it’s important to build body awareness. With this technique, you learn to identify areas in your body that are tension spots and then fill them with calming feelings. 
  • Grounding: As the term suggests, grounding means connecting yourself with your body and the ground. This technique involves sensing your body, feeling your sensations touching the ground, and soothing your nerves. 
  • Pendulation: With this somatic therapy technique, a therapist guides you from relaxation to what represents your negative experience. This will repeat as a pendulum, allowing you to release energy stuck in your body. 
  • Titration: Titration is a technique that guides you through a negative memory by observing the changes in your body as you recall the memory. If there are any physical sensations, then the somatic therapist will help you release them as they come.
  • Sequencing: This somatic therapy technique involves paying attention to the chronology in which the physical sensations leave your body. 
  • Resourcing: This technique involves recalling things, places, people, etc. in your life that make you feel secure and safe. It could be your happy place, a relationship, a personal strength you admire, etc. 

Benefits Of Somatic Therapy


This therapy is a form of mind-body therapy or holistic therapy. Somatic therapy depends on a person’s mental and physical connection. There are many benefits of somatic therapy. Some of them are:

This therapy is a form of mind-body therapy or holistic therapy. Somatic therapy depends on a person’s mental and physical connection. There are many benefits of somatic therapy. Some of them are:

  1. It helps heal trauma. The therapist asks a person to recollect their traumatic experience and then help them focus on pushing out the negative responses.
  2.  Increases self-awareness and confidence. Somatic healing helps gain a deeper understanding of mind and soul and increases feelings of hopefulness.
  3.  It helps improve the ability to focus and concentrate on the present than the past.
  4. It also helps in treating physical illnesses and chronic pain and aches.
  5. It increases resilience to stress and trauma.
  6.  It helps gain a better view of one’s mental health.
  7. It improves social skills and gains positive views on life.

Final Words

Somatic therapy can be combined with talk therapy and counseling. It is important to understand the challenges and benefits of Somatic therapy on your mental and physical self.

A person’s ability to connect the mind and body is strong and can be helped in healing various disorders. Our thoughts and feelings are important and linked to our mental and physical health.

If you feel like you need help from a professional healer/therapist, don’t hesitate to reach out.


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About The Author

Swarnakshi Sharma
Swarnakshi Sharma

Swarnakshi is a content writer at Calm sage, who believes in a healthier lifestyle for mind and body. A fighter and survivor of depression, she strives to reach and help spread awareness on ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues. A spiritual person at heart, she believes in destiny and the power of Self. She is an avid reader and writer and likes to spend her free time baking and learning about world cultures.

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