What is Somatic Coaching?

I am an accredited Body-Oriented Coach from The Somatic School, the world’s first and only somatic coach training to be awarded a Level 2 accreditation by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

The Somatic School offers a body-and-mind-as-one approach to coaching, often referred to as the ‘Bodymind’. This accredited training offers me a powerful body-oriented framework. By working in this way I am able to help you become wholly yourself and feel fully alive.

The Somatic School is the only programme of its kind to bring skills from a diverse set of established practices together into one powerful framework for coaches. Body Oriented Coaching draws it name from being a family of techniques and practices that are both body-centred and process-oriented.

Additionally it incorporates the latest findings from Neuroscience, Embodied Cognition, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Polyvagal Theory. As such, it is positioned at the cutting edge of current coaching methodologies.
This type of coaching is rapidly gaining in popularity due to its ability to achieve effective results. It is also supported by the fact that the latest scientific findings are providing an increasing body of research showing why it works.

Our evolving understanding of each of these fields is moving away from the traditional focus of modern psychology on the mind and pointing us towards understanding ourselves as an integrated system – a complex, intelligent whole comprising both body and mind.

At the heart of Body-Oriented Coaching is the understanding that the body is a reflection of the mind and vice versa. This approach reflects the latest research revealing humans as integrated neuro-psycho-biological beings. Our neurology, psychology and biology are intertwined like the warp and weft of a fabric. This is represented by the ancient Greek word ‘Soma’ meaning the ‘body’ in its wholeness, its full aliveness.

Working in this way does not mean focusing on the body to the exclusion of the thinking mind, however. Rather, orienting to the body points towards realising inner alignment between all parts of ourselves. It means having great respect for what is seeking to emerge, underpinned by a belief in the authority of the body.

Body-Oriented Coaching is a process-oriented approach. This means it has a bias for working with the here and now. The coach and client’s primary subjective experience is the present moment.

Body Oriented Coaching draws on established techniques including Gestalt, Focusing and Hakomi, all of which share a set of key characteristics as follows:

i) they are consistent with the person-centred paradigm;
ii) they emphasise awareness of the present moment focussing on what is seeking to change, grow and emerge from the here and now.
iii) they support the movement within the client from something ‘fixed’ to something ‘fluid’
iv) they are influenced by a mix of modern ideas like Systems and Complexity Theory with ancient systems like Buddhism and Taoism.