Soma Embodiment Florence 24 26th Maj. Sonia Gomes.

What is SOMA-Embodiment®?SOMA-Embodiment®, idealized by psychologist Sônia Gomes, is an advanced tool complementing Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® work and effective for professionals working with trauma in other therapeutic approaches. Based on touch and movement, the program includes technical aspects of Ida Rolf’s Structural and Movement Integration, Tonic Function and Movement Analysis by Hubert Godard, also supported by Stephen Porges’ view of the Autonomic Nervous System functions presented in his Polyvagal Theory and, lastly, the contributions of the ecological psychology of perception of James Gibson, who has recovered the ontological knowledge of the human haptic perception. That is, we inherit in our body innate abilities in the sensory system to adapt to life on Earth. Besides the influence of thinkers on child bond and Tonic Development theory, such as Henri Wallon, Donald Winnicott, and André Bullinger.
In the development of this program, Sônia had the unique help of Rolfing’s teacher, her friend, ex business partner, Marcelo Muniz, who worked in with her for five years. Another great support for the implementation of SOMA-Embodiment was SE’s faculty Urs Honauer, without which it would not be possible for SOMA to achieve nowadays the consistency an intervention instrument in Europe.
Sônia Gomes is a professor at SETI – Somatic Experiencing ® Trauma Institute and a Senior Staff member at SE™ Professional Training. The many influences of Sônia Gomes, who was a direct student of Peter Levine, Stephen Porges and Hubert Godard, made possible the creation of an innovative tool with practical results consistent in the renegotiation of trauma. More than 40 years of clinical work, she has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, advanced training in Rolfing® Movement and Structural Integration by the Rolf Institute, as well as numerous trainings and experiences related to Body Orientated Psychology.She also teaches her own Resonance, Intuition, Embodiment workshops in Brazil, Europe, the United States, South Africa and Asia.
The SOMA-Embodiment, was theoretically described at Sônia’s doctoral thesis, “Engaging Touch & Movement in Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Resolution Approach (IUGS-New York)” and today is already used in clinical practice by professionals in more than 10 countries in the world.
In summary, using the basic principles of SE ™, Sônia helps clients and students, through touch and movement, to find a way out for blockages in the body, mind and brain caused by different trauma experiences.The main contributions of SOMAEmbodiment:
The SOMA allows the person to return to the body, extracting the excess of dissociation that is intrinsic to the trauma. It is the possibility of a return to reality world-body after the escape before a traumatic load not supported by psychophysiology.
The aspects that involve returning to the body require an embodiment of the real-time sensation of the living body, interconnected with the inside and outside itself. The goal is to create possibilities for the client to perceive himself in the present moment and be active to change strategy to self-regulate. It is necessary, therefore, to reestablish the identity with its own TERRITORIALITY, with the options of SUPPORT that brings to him/her more relational security and awaken the PLURISENSORIALITY to facilitate the ORIENTING. The return to the body also requires the use of the intuition given by the experiences of all the senses, the extremities of the body, the inherent organs of the adaptive senses of life here on Earth, which is the bodily ecology that HAPTICITY makes possible. The return to the body is to feel the well-being that the whole body resonates and can access to health, ultimately, to the COHERENCE.Empowering Practitioner on his/her professional approach
When faced with deeply traumatized clients with high levels of dissociation, therapists need to acquire and refine their embodiment, their body awareness. That is, the active recognition and perception of their own living body in the present moment. In addition to awareness of the body, knowledge of the principles of Somatic Experiencing®, they need new tools and skills to facilitate rapid pendulations that lead to an internal reorganization of the different repetitive flows caused by traumatic memory, which condition the functioning of the body.
The SOMA-Embodiment® Training offers support and guidance protocols for the three-dimensional body in relation to the space around it, and the space in relation to gravity. We seek structural organization so that the person finds stability and grounding, before, during and after the interventions. In addition, participants work on self-regulation and learn to use resonance and intuition in their clinical work to help those who seek to navigate the body with greater confidence.
The support and safety bonds developed through SOMA helps the therapist to initiate the withdrawal of the shock caused by the trauma, which causes the vulnerability of the feelings and sensations that were previously silenced by the freezing response to emerge in the client. This continuous work of going deeper into embodiment allows the therapist to identify psychobiological blocks and inhibitions and present strategies for restoring sensorimotor coordination that had been lost in traumatic experiences, especially before the body had enough tonus to use its defense system.Understanding better how attachment is interfacing each trauma
Fixating developmental elements that are not fully mature can lead the client’s body to present a postural defensive pattern, revealed by early developmental movements or emotional attitudes that provide clues for the therapist to perceive where and how the body, mind and the nervous system are trapped in the freezing. To do this, the participant will receive instructions through lectures and live demonstrations of each neural stimulation in which the body, mind and brain are engaged.
Stimulation of the ventral and dorsal vagal system and sympathetic system moves at a very fast rate and the therapist has to be attentive to the signals and ready to intervene timely through touch and movement in order to shift distorted sensorimotor perception and background emotions that condition them to the repetitive pattern of behavior.
In all modules of this training, the participant learns specific protocols to different types of traumas and how to use them. With personal care, love and clear boundaries, the therapist is able to cope with strong emotions, clients’ unresolved activations. As well as him/her learns to uncouple the distorted perceptions of the emotional layers that have been internalized and repressed in the past, thus becoming able to express their emotions and gestures. By exploring the haptic system, the professional can assist the person who is in a situation of trauma to exit that internal conditioned environment and explore elements of the external environment through the senses. By touching and being touched by the therapist, in resonance with one another, a natural internal movement of the body’s innate intelligence is evoked. Thus, it may transform the symptoms of shock or chronic trauma and/or complex diseases like syndromes, changes in the physiology of freezing, reversing the disease and shifting to a YES to one´s body, a YES to the inner child and to LIFE!Requirements for the TrainingThe 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.ProgramThe 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:INTRODUCTION (3 DAYS)
What is SOMA as a SE ™ tool? Developing the Embodiment for self-regulation and trauma healingSOMA as a multidisciplinary tool: a summary of SE™; Polyvagal Theory; Structural Rolfing and Tonic Function;Basis of embryology: the gravity developmental phases of the newborn;Expansion of the Perceptual System (Hapticity);Embodiment and Foundation Articulations;Unlocking Traumatic Movement Restrictions: reactivation of the active defense responses of fight and flight;The phenomenology and the neurophysiology of gravityVideo demonstrations with Sonia Gomes with different types of trauma / Group Supervision.MODULE I (5 DAYS)
How does traumatic experience impact body, mind and brain? A neurophysiological and integrative viewReestablishment of balance and fluency in movement and touch;The consciousness of the pre-movement and the kinesfera, the alpha and gamma touches and the territoriality & plurisensoriality;Tonic Function: restoration of Proprioceptors, Interoceptors and ExteroceptorsUse of resonance and intuition to work with trauma;Expressivity and impressiveness to overcome the inhibitions and restrictions of the body;Protocols I: How to use SOMA in High Impact Traumas. Pre-perinatal Trauma and Birth TraumaLive demonstrations with different types of trauma/ Group supervisionMODULE II (5 DAYS)
The phenomenology of space, the presence of the other: limit works on the relation of the arms to the supportUnlock movement restrictions that correspond to symptoms and behaviors;Process of emotional development and bonding under the perception of the Haptic System;Reestablish balance in the Autonomic Nervous System: differentiation of DV-VV-SNS;Unfolding the Holdings: tracking of body compensation systems, awareness of body posture in gravity, space and time;Achieving plasticity by integrating and developing the Affective System;Protocols II: How to use SOMA in Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA). Medical Procedures and Emotional Trauma;Live demonstrations with different types of trauma/ Group SupervisionMODULE III (5 DAYS)
Working with SOMA in complex traumas, syndromes, chronic conditions and serious injuries – collective trauma (natural disasters, terrorism, etc)
Attachment and Tonic Development theory, such as Henri Wallon, Donald Winnicott, and André Bullinger.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;How to remove the shock in the renegotiation of the trauma and when is the right moment to intervene?When emotional and expression experiences meet trauma?Protocols III: how to use SOMA in inescapable attack traumas and Sexual Trauma?Live demonstrations with different types of trauma/ Group Supervision


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