Huma Somatic Psychotherapy takes the orientation of the Western body-based traditions with their focus on physical and psychological health and combines it with the Eastern traditions, with their focus on reaching for and surrendering to the deeper self, the inner guide. Huma integrates subtle, articulate touch and verbal communication. It seeks the deep self by reaching for the core of the body, literally to feel the movement, the wave that is there; and sometimes even to feel the stillness which is beyond these. When this dynamic stillness occurs in the body, there can be an experience of wholeness, of the transpersonal self, which underlies and informs our lives.
SIX CORE ASPECTS OF HUMA SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
- Safety: Establishing an environment of safety and trust is essential in the work with clients. In addition to clarity with respect to confidentiality and boundaries, this includes being able to assess who is and isn't appropriate for this kind of work, when to refer people out, and being able to pace the work in a way which is right for each client.
- Physical: Skilled use of the hands is paramount in successful practice of this work. The hands are instruments of listening to the body. There are very specific techniques in working with the bindings (dense areas without vitality) in the body. Clients sometimes experience relief from physical pain as these bindings let go. The practitioner tracks the awareness of the client in relation to information received through the hands.
- Energetic: In relation to working with the physical body, the practitioner reaches for and recognizes the flow of energy through a central channel in the core of the body.
- Verbal: The Huma therapist/practitioner can feel, under her hands, when a significant shift in the awareness of the client occurs. In order to bring it more fully into the client's awareness, the practitioner communicates with the client about what is happening in her (the client's) experience.
- Psychological: In a session, sometimes memories and feelings which have been unconscious come into awareness. In addition to this unconscious material, are chronic habits of thought we construct and live in, i.e., resentment, fear, continuous planning, etc. The practitioner works with the client to name these, beginning the process of awareness, essential to letting them go.
In the psychological arena, much of what we do in our attempts to manage the ego life is to shift back and forth between its polarities, never finding a resting place. As the Huma practitioner works with the restrictions in the body which reflect this compulsive process, the client's awareness may shift to a deeper, non-dual, level of experience. Such deeper experience can involve a glimpse of the "self", rather than the ego as a basis for identity.
- Transpersonal: In this deeper state, the client may experience a tranquil acceptance of suffering and paradox which is a characteristic of the transpersonal realm. Sometimes the client may experience a shift to a state of peace, unity, love, etc. Worry is never found in this place. We can carry the memory and fragrance of these moments back into the realm of duality. These moments can then create a context for and relativize the fluctuations of the normal ego life. It is the reaching for and supporting of this shift, which defines Huma as a transpersonal approach.
Huma Somatic Psychotherapy is a profoundly engaging process for the therapist/practitioner as well as for the client. It is done in a manner which is sensitive to the uniqueness of each person.
- Psychotherapists and counselors who want to learn to work through the body
- Body-psychotherapists who want to deepen their verbal and hands-on skills and to reach for the transpersonal
- Bodyworkers, nurses, physical therapists, and massage therapists who want to deepen their hands-on skills and to delve into the psychological and transpersonal in their work
- Those who want to work with people and feel drawn to this body-mind -spirit method
All classes may be taken for personal interest and development, or for enhancement of one's own somatic psychotherapy or bodywork practice skills.
Continuing Education Credit available for:
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork