What is SOMA-Embodiment®?

Conceived and developed by Sonia Gomes, PhD, SOMA-Embodiment offers diagnostic skills, touch and movement tools, and haptic awakening to transform emotional, developmental and shock trauma.

The SOMA-Embodiment training program re-envisioned from its predecessor SOMA. It includes technical aspects of the Structural and Movement Integration of Dr. Ida Rolf, as well as Tonic Function and Movement Analysis from Hubert Godard. Soma-Embodiment is infused with psycho-physiologic understanding of trauma from Dr. Peter A. Levine, supported by the Polyvagal Theory of Dr. Stephen Porges and the contributions from Ecological Psychology as set forth by Dr. James Gibson. The work of Henri Wallon, Donald Winnicott and André Bullinger also shape the program.

Students of SE®, SE Practitioners or professionals who work with Trauma are welcome in this program. Need finish all modules + five personal SOMA sessions + 2 hours of SOMA supervision.

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Next SOMA-EMBODIMENT® Trainings in 2019

SOMA INTRO

Belgium

City:Brussels

Date:May, 17th to 19th (2019)

Contact: alix.glorieux@skynet.be

SOMA INTRO

Italy

City:Florence

Date:May, 24th to 26th (2019)

Contact:eltonpsyco@yahoo.it

SOMA 4

Switzerland

City: Zürich

Date: Jun, 20th to 23rd (2019)

Contact:info@polairty.ch

SOMA INTRO

Brazil

City: Salvador

Date:Dez, 11th to 15th (2019)

Contact:periclespalmeira.bf@gmail.com

Price: R$ 1.900,00 (module)

The fundamental Concept of SOMA

In any type of trauma there is a rupture of sensorimotor coordination; this can happen at any stage of human development. Therefore, before renegotiating emotional trauma, the body needs to find physical stability.

SOMA-Embodiment practitioners help clients re-navigate trauma territory through attention to the Social Nervous System (Porges) and Movement Re-education (Godard, Rolf) to restore physical stability, perception and proprioception. Practitioners titrate the release of bound trauma energetics and patterns to optimize client physiologic function, orientation and resilience (Levine) which reflects in a greater capacity for personal agency, appropriate relationship, ease and joy.

sOMA's contribution

In order to work with traumatized clients, therapists need to offer their own embodiment as a model. This embodied presence enables clients to re-navigate trauma territory in safety.

SOMA offers participants supportive and guidance protocols that promote structural reorganization, facilitating the body's orientation in relation to gravity and space. This results in restored perception and proprioception, with increased stability and grounding – pre-conditions for the negotiation of emotional trauma. Participants work on self-regulation and learn to use resonance and intuition with greater confidence in the clinical setting.

 

The support and safety bonds developed through SOMA helps the therapist to initiate the release of the shock caused by trauma; in this way, clients can become aware of and open to feelings and sensations that were previously silenced by the freeze response. SOMA provides clues for the therapist to perceive where and how the body, mind and the nervous system are trapped in the freeze response.

 

Participants learn how to apply specific procedures to different types of trauma, learning to uncouple the distorted perceptions of the emotional layers that have been internalized and

repressed in the past. By exploring the haptic system, it is possible to assist those affected by trauma to exit their internal conditioned environment and explore elements of the external environment through the senses. By touching and being touched by the therapist in mutual resonance, a natural internal movement of the body's innate intelligence is evoked.

 

Dr. Gomes brings her wealth of clinical and teaching experience to SOMA-Embodiment as Advanced SE™ Faculty, Clinical Psychologist and Advanced Structural & Movement Rolfing Practitioner. The program complements the Somatic Experiencing work of Dr. Peter A. Levine while her knowledge from graduate studies in several modalities of Body Psychology, and her training with Hubert Godard add generously to the program content. Her dynamic and heart-full teaching style complements the interactive experiential nature of the SOMA-Embodiment learning environment.

 

Dr. Gomes is grateful for the substantial support from her colleague and former business partner, Marcelo Muniz, in the creation of the first SOMA training program, and to Dr. Urs Honauer, Educator and Advanced SE Trainer for the encouragement and initial platform to develop SOMA and now SOMA-Embodiment. Dr. Gomes brings her wealth of clinical and teaching experience to SOMA-Embodiment as Advanced SE™ Faculty, Clinical Psychologist and Advanced Structural & Movement Rolfing Practitioner. The program complements the Somatic Experiencing work of Dr. Peter A. Levine while her knowledge from graduate studies in several modalities of Body Psychology, and her training with Hubert Godard add generously to the program content. Her dynamic and heart-full teaching style complements the interactive experiential nature of the SOMA-Embodiment learning environment.

Requirements for the Training

 

The SOMA-Embodiment® program is aimed at Somatic Experiencing® practitioners or students who have completed their first year of training. It is also accessible to professionals trained in various trauma healing therapeutic approaches. Full certification requirements include five personal sessions by qualified providers and two supervision sessions.

The Training Program

 

STRUCTURE of SOMA * training

Introduction: 3 days

Module I: 5 days

Module II: 5 days

Module III: 5 days

 

The SOMA-Embodiment training program harmonizes theoretical contents of trauma therapies, based on modern studies of psychology, physiology and neuroscience. At the same time, it is a formation of phenomenological bases, in which the student learns in practice exercises and tools for clinical application. With daily demonstrations of Sonia Gomes, participants have the possibility to see the applicability of the theory in different traumatic events and to execute them with the supervision of already formed assistants. Here are some of the points that students develop throughout SOMA-Embodiment's training:

 

1. Expansion of the Perceptual System (Hapticity)

2. Restoration of mobility

3. Unlocking Traumatic Movement Restrictions

4. Reestablishment of balance and fluency in movement

5. Use of resonance and intuition to work with trauma

 

 

* The structure of training can be adapted to the country

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION (3 DAYS)

What is SOMA as a SE ™ tool? Developing the Embodiment for self-regulation and trauma healing

 

  • SOMA as a multidisciplinary tool: a summary of the works of Peter A. Levine (SE ™); Stephen Porges (Polyivagal Theory); Ida Rolf (Structural Rolfing) and Hubert Godard (Tonic Function).

 

  • Basis of embryology to understand the gravity developmental phases of the newborn and relate to the plans of the body structure and separation of the four foundational joints.

 

  • Exercises and techniques to develop Embodiment: Territoriality, Support, Openness of Hapticity; bringing the concept of plurisensoriality and restoration of proprioceptors, interoceptors and exteroceptors.

 

  • Hapticity: how to use the alpha - gamma touch and bring the vision of the body as territory?

 

  • Reactivation of the active defense responses of fight and flight through the stability and spatial orientation coordinated to the touch and movement.

 

  • Organization of internal and external space through movement in the gravitational field.

 

  • A panoramic view of the entire SOMA program. What expect from the SOMA training and how it´s work in trauma treatment?

 

  • Video demonstrations with Sonia Gomes with different types of trauma.

 

 

       Expansion of the Perceptual System (Hapticity) (5 DAYS)

How does traumatic experience impact body, mind and brain? A neurophysiological and integrative view

 

  • Tonic function, touch and movement as tools for sensorimotor re-signification: the ecological theory of perception

 

  • The impact of the traumatic load on the way of perceiving the world: sensory-motor lack and loss of vitality

 

  • The Tonic Function and the Haptic System: the consciousness of the pre-movement and the kinesfera, the alpha and gamma touches and the territoriality

 

  • The phenomenology and the neurophysiology of gravity in the relation of hapticity and stability of the core: the holdings, first and second foundational articulations.

 

  • SOMA exercises and techniques: sounds, breath, cardiac coherence and movement as modes of access to freezing responses

 

  • Embodiment as an element of transference: social engagement, presence and resonance as keys of healing of trauma. The union of trauma therapies with the Polyvagal Theory

 

  • Stimulating the fluency and coordination of the movement: expressivity and impressiveness to overcome the inhibitions and restrictions of the body. Guidance and vergence answers

 

  • Ecological psychology of perception: the uniqueness of perception and action. The touch and movement for the re-signification of sensory-motor lack and to awakening vitality

 

  • Protocols I: How to use SOMA in High Impact Traumas

 

  • Daily demonstrations with Sonia Gomes followed by practice among students: the awakening of the Haptic System

 

 

       Restoration of mobility (5 DAYS)

The phenomenology of space, the presence of the other: limit works on the relation of the arms to the support

 

  • Restoration of sensory-motor and vitality lack: tracing the transgenerational, perinatal and developmental traumas.

 

  • Inter-subjectivity sensory “being with me and with the other at the same time”: third and fourth foundational articulations.

 

  • Process of emotional development and bonding under the perception of the Haptic System and the psychology of Wallon, Winnicott and Bullinger.

 

  • Tracking of traumatic emotional energy associated with stored memories through three levels of organization of the nervous system: interoceptors, exteroceptors and proprioceptors

 

  • Unlock movement restrictions that correspond to symptoms and behaviors: reestablish balance in the Autonomic Nervous System;

 

  • Unfolding the Holdings: tracking of body compensation systems, awareness of body posture in gravity, space and time for the release of the traumatic load

 

  • Because the prefrontal cortex is related to emotional stability and a sense of identity. Understanding emotions by relating them to an integrative neural circuit: Wholeness

 

  • Communication with the nervous system, emotions and connective tissue: achieving plasticity by integrating and developing the Affective System;

 

  • Protocols II: How to use SOMA in Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA)

 

  • Daily demonstrations with Sonia Gomes followed by practice among students: tracking since the embryological development

 

 

       Unlocking Traumatic Movement Restrictions (5 DAYS)

Working with SOMA in complex traumas, syndromes, chronic conditions and serious injuries - collective trauma (natural disasters, terrorism, etc)

 

  • How to work with emotions when there are injuries, syndromes and chronic conditions?

 

  • Emotion-related injuries: how to identify the surviving active parts? Diagnosis-Biography-Personality: the dissociation of trauma and the search for reintegration;

 

  • The function of time in shock trauma. How to remove the shock in the renegotiation of the trauma and when is the right moment to intervene?

 

  • The similar patterns in trauma development, shock and physical injury. When emotional and expression experiences meet trauma?

 

  • Protocols III: how to use SOMA in inescapable attack traumas?

 

  • Daily demonstrations with Sonia Gomes followed by practice among students: renegotiating complex traumas

 

Reviews

 

“I am a SOMA practitioner (as well as a SEP) and use SOMA extensively in my private practice. I found that when a client comes to me that is in freeze, SOMA works the best. I also have clients with sport related traumas and without SOMA the amazing results will not be possible. Actually, most of my work includes SOMA and I am deeply grateful for Sonia for empowering me with this knowledge”, Dr Marita van der Bank, South Africa

 

"I did a demonstration session with Sonia during my training at SOMA. I had had a fall many years ago and had lost a lot of my sensations in the lower part of my body. After this work I realized that my relationship with gravity changed completely and I started to awaken the perceptions and sensations of my legs ", Catherine Grimal, France

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