SOMA (body) + SPACE (an open place)
People keep asking me, “What is Somaspace?” The quick answer is, “a bodywork and movement studio.” More than one quizzical glance received tells me I might do well to explain a little further.
SOMA means “body” in Greek. The term somatics was coined by a movement therapist, Thomas Hanna, in the 1980s and encompasses a range of bodywork and movement practices that seek to promote people’s self-awareness – especially the experiencing of one’s body from within.
Secondly, most people are more familiar with the term massage therapy rather than bodywork. I strive to use the term bodywork because I don’t just do “massage therapy.” I blend many more modalities than just traditional massage techniques. I employ craniosacral therapy, acupressure, myofascial release, structural integration techniques, energy work, chakra balancing, movement and stretching techniques. I have found that combining all of these as well as deeply listening to each person’s body, using my intuition, and following restrictions to the root source has created a form of bodywork that is uniquely mine. Yes, I do deep tissue and trigger point work, but I do a lot more.
Another term that people often want defined is movement. What do I mean by movement?
Movement encompasses all body-movement practices such as dance, yoga, pilates, developmental movement, and somatic therapies. We will also have classes which combine these forms while teaching people about their anatomy. In all of the movement classes, the emphasis is on a mindful approach that encourages each person to be more at home in his or her body.
Whether through bodywork or a movement class, we hope that SOMASPACE will be a place where you can feel supported in your journey of health.
SOMASPACE is also available to rent by the hour for classes and meetings which promote mind/body/spirit well-being. Email for more information.