We hold our history and habits in our muscles as well as in our minds. Our physical shape and emotional responses are significant drivers of our behaviour. Somatic coaching is based on the premise that to make significant and lasting difference you have to consider your physiology as well as developing awareness of your thinking and practising new skills. You work towards embodying the change by using your body to guide you as a leader.
What is it?
COACHES RISING & THE STROZZI INSTITUTE PRESENT
See registration below for the dates of the current offerings. Learn more about ICF Accreditation. Jump to Registration. Our coaches embody the somatic practices, distinctions, and presence required to offer paradigm-shifting work to clients. In this robust program, you will not only become a more effective coach, you will deep-dive into your own embodied learning journey.
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Somatic coaching involves seeing the client as a whole person, more than their intellect, more than their capabilities … working with who they are as a whole, vital, interactive, living being; acknowledging we have been shaped over time, from birth maybe before onwards. Our neurology, psychology and biology are intertwined like the weave of a fabric and cannot be separated out. Somatic coaching takes into account these factors which have, literally, shaped you. Perhaps you recognise yourself? Paying attention to the whole self enables greater possibility — moving from wanting to work-out consistently to fulfilling that goal, even having fun in the process! Whatever concern you bring to work on, a somatic approach will be beneficial. To resolve depression you will need to learn how to be happy, involving your emotional self and your physical body; to communicate more effectively you will not only need to cognitively learn the skills and techniques but also train your body to deliver the words in a more commanding way; to improve relationships you will need to communicate more effectively and have a vision of how you want the relationship to evolve over time. Every aspect involves your intellectual self, emotional self and physical self. By bringing attention to the body, being aware of your breathing, posture, and internal experience, the body becomes a resource rather than simply a vehicle for the head.
They seem powerful. They create insights that open things up. They give us exciting new ideas. They change our perspectives on things. They promise much. And then sooner or later, the impact fades and we find ourselves once again coming up against the same old problems, with the same old outcomes. Not just the mind. Or just the body.