Expressing ourselves and feeling understood are core to a satisfying life and fulfilling relationships. Freedom to express our inner worlds builds self-esteem, reduces stress, fosters connection and can resource us.
Although verbal expression is an obvious way, there are so many ways we express ourselves—the body has it’s own language. The ways to express one-self are limitless--art, music, dress, how we keep our homes, affection, movement.
In somatic therapy, we often invite the body to express it’s story. Through hand movements, facial expressions, impulses to move, feet, posture and more. Potent unconscious material is expressed this way for us to discover and learn from. This kind of self discovery goes beyond the cognitive, intellectual stories we hold, taking us on a path that is sometimes less rational however potent for healing our wounds.
What are your favorite ways to express yourself?