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What is SOMATIC reflection?

"The water in the stream may have changed many times, but the reflection of the moon and the stars remains the same. --RUMI

SOMATIC reflection sessions are intuitive self reading and/or self journaling sessions that incorporate the use of metaphorical associative image cards (MAC) alongside question cards of reflection, gratitude, and inspiration.

 

The use of somatic tools, self massage techniques, and grounding breathwork are also incorporated in the sessions. 

Self Journaling & Reading Benefits

Reduce Anxiety/Stress

Journaling & readings about your feelings are linked to decreased mental distress. In a study, researchers found that those with various medical conditions and anxiety who wrote or utilized images for reflection for 15 minutes three days a week over a 12-week period had increased feelings of well-being and fewer depressive symptoms after one month. Their mental well-being continued to improve during the 12 weeks.

Creates Awareness

Writing down your feelings about a difficult situation can help you understand it better. The act of putting an experience into words and structure allows you to form new perceptions about events

Brain scans of people who wrote about their feelings showed that they were able to control their emotions better than those who wrote about a neutral experience. This study also found that writing about feelings in an abstract way was more calming than writing vividly. .

Improve Immune Function

Believe it or not, expressive writing can strengthen your immunity and decrease your risk of illness. Those who journal boast improved immune system functioning (it strengthens immune cells!) as well as lessened symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Expressive writing has been shown to improve liver and lung function and combat certain diseases; it has even been reported to help the wounded heal faster.

Journaling provides a safe environment that enables you to face your traumas. 

Finding Clarity

Journaling and self reading images has a beautiful way of helping us unpack deep, emotional traumas. Writing helps you to process your feelings on a specific subject or event. Putting pen to paper gives you the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings safely and honestly. Often, victims of trauma have a difficult time making sense and remembering a series of events or even an extended period of time. Writing can help us find clarity and process our emotions less chaotically.

Increasing Self-Awareness and Confidence

As you can gain more clarity from putting your thoughts and feelings onto paper, the natural by-product is gaining more knowledge of yourself. Increasing your self-awareness can help break age-old patterns of unhealthy thoughts and behaviors that often contribute to the vicious cycle of trauma. As you journal through your experiences and lay down some of your emotional burdens, you will likely develop a higher sense of self. This process alone can help dismantle unhealthy narratives and increase self-confidence. Increasing self-awareness and self-confidence are two vital components of healing from past trauma.

Healthy Coping Skills

Anxiety and depression are some of the most common mental health illnesses. These specific disorders are the most common symptoms of trauma. Trauma therapy, EMDR therapy, and other treatment services are highly effective when treating PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. However, there are also many other self-help skills that you can utilize when you may be triggered or struggling with trauma. Journaling gives us all an outlet to release and process painful emotions and thoughts associated with past traumatic experiences.

As you self  journal  and/or read through your experiences and lay down some of your emotional burdens,

you will likely develop a higher sense of self.