Free Download! Dealing with the Issues in the Tissues – The Power of Somatic Exploration for Trauma Release

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Judyth Weaver

Judyth Weaver, PhD is a multifaceted teacher and counselor.  She holds a Ph.D. in Reichian Psychology and was co-founder of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and founding chair of its Ph.D. Program in Somatic Psychology. She taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies for 25 years as...

How do we best create personal transformation and growth? And, how do we free ourselves from the impact of past traumatic events?

Do we resolve mental and emotional issues by addressing them at the level where they appear: At the level of the mind and by reliving and resolving stressful experiences in the past?

Or, are we better off working on the level of the body by dealing with the so-called “issues in the tissues”? That is, can we better create lasting change by releasing the chronic muscular holdings and guarding that trap the energy of past trauma in both mind and body?

The latter is the approach of somatic psychology and body psychotherapy, approaches that lately have been gaining increasing interest as important approaches to lasting trauma release.

But did you know that some of the earliest pioneers in the field of body psychotherapy were women?

This is a fun fact that, for the most part, is overlooked, says somatic pioneer and psychotherapist Judyth Weaver in this free download.

In this interview, Judyth discusses the development of the different types of somatic approaches to releasing trauma and enhancing mind-body integration by tracing them back to the early work of somatic pioneers like Elsa Gindler, and Charlotte Selver.

Judyth herself is a living piece of history, having studied directly with Eva Reich, the daughter of Wilhelm Reich. In this interview, she describes how Wilhelm Reich’s early work with body therapy was inspired by his long-term intimate relationship with Elsa Lindenberg, a dance therapist and close student of Elsa Gindler.

Judyth also discusses her lifelong work with resolving “the issues in the tissues” through Somatic Awareness practices.

Somatic Awareness, often called Sensory Awareness, is the practice of coming more in touch with oneself, she notes.

We are naturally born as vital, fully sensory beings, Judyth says. Traumas and chronic tension patterns can diminish our vitality, creating unrest and insecurity in our lives.  

How to find our way back to ourselves? 

One answer is Sensory/Somatic Awareness, i.e., is the practice of connecting with our sensations, feeling our actions, reactions, and interactions from the inside out. This, in turn,  can ground us, guide us back to our own natural resources, and lead us to more authenticity and vitality.  

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