What is Somatics?

“Somatics” by Barbara Moore
Published in Natural Awakenings Magazine, July 2016

Did you know the way you sit and stand and move impacts the way you see the world and, in turn, the way the world sees you?

What do your body language and your posture say about you? Do they telegraph the message you wish to send at work, at home?

Take a moment to notice your breath. As you read this, allow your spine to lengthen. Fill your lungs. As you exhale, feel the sensation of gravity supporting you. Inhale, and allow your shoulders to rise and fall as you exhale. Let your body settle down.

What do you notice? Did your muscles release? Did an area of tightness begin to open up, creating more space? What did your body tell you? We are always learning through our body.

Around the time that René Descartes said “I think, therefore I am,” we began to put great value on cognitive learning. For many of us, our body is simply a way to carry our big smart head around. Our love affair with electronics has begun to rewire our nervous system and reshape our posture. Culturally, we have lost the body along the way. Spiritually, this loss makes us a bit homesick.

As we begin to drop down into our body—that is, to become embodied—we begin to view the world in a more meaningful way, and likewise, the world begins to view us differently.

Want to deepen your awareness of the wisdom of your body and anchor some changes? Call.

Exhaling with you, Barbara


“What Is Your Body Telling You?” by Barbara Moore
Published in Fall 2011 Newsletter for Pittsboro Center for Natural Medicine

Take a moment to notice your breath. As you read this, allow your spine to lengthen. Feel your chest open. Fill your lungs. As you exhale, notice gravity. Feel the sensation of gravity supporting you. Pause. Inhale, and allow your shoulders to rise and fall as you exhale. Let your body settle down. Allow your body to open and settle.

What do you notice? Did your muscles release? Did an area of tightness begin to open up, creating more space? Take one more breath and blow your breath out. What did your body tell you? We are always learning through the body.

Historically, we have put great value on cognitive learning. For many of us, our body is simply a way to carry our big smart head around. As we begin to drop down into our body—that is, to become embodied—we begin to view the world in a more meaningful way, and in kind the world begins to view us differently.

Somatics teaches us that learning is more than the mind acquiring knowledge. Learning through the body is learning in an embodied way, and if I take an action, my feelings follow that action. Take the example of feeling like you should go to the gym. In the end, it is your action that gets you to the gym, not your feelings. If I take a new action, I create a new way of being.

Somatic coaching assists clients linguistically, cognitively, and somatically (through observing the body) to have a deeper operational understanding of themselves, a better perspective on how they may be “organizing” their body.

We are always making assessments about how people are organized in their bodies. A classic example is when we speak to someone whose arms are folded across her chest. We may wonder if she is open to what we are saying when she may simply be chilly and trying to stay warm. Another example is the guy who walks with his chin up in the air. It seems like he may be looking down his nose on us. Does he believe himself to be superior? Assumptions like these can be problematic if he is actually a nice guy who wonders why people do not respond to him with warmth.

Our body stores the wisdom of all of our life experiences in our muscles, tissues, and cells. Developing access to that wisdom through somatic coaching brings forward our own individual medicine. As we practice something as simple as calling our attention to our breath, we open our access to this wisdom of our body. Somatic coaching helps us begin to train our bodies to inform and guide us.

Are you seeking a life that has deeper meaning? Can you make a stand—are your legs under you? How can you be more present, centered, and grounded?

You are the sum of your actions. You are the sum of your practices. What do you practice daily? What do you care about?


Barbara Moore is a Certified Somatic Coach, Certified Business Coach and a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist #6151. To learn more about Barbara’s work and how she can help you, please contact her at bodylanguage723@gmail.com or call her at 919-270-8103.