Breathwork and somatic psychotherapy online

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Putting the pieces of yourself back together gently.

While traditional talk therapies are often able to effectively address many mental and emotional health challenges, somatic psychotherapists believe people can quickly address deep emotional issues not revealed through talk therapy, simply by paying attention to the communication of the body. Because past trauma or other psychological concerns may potentially have a negative effect on a person’s autonomic nervous system, people experiencing emotional and psychological issues may also be affected by physical concerns such as sexual dysfunction, hormonal issues, digestive issues, or tension in specific parts of the body such as the head, neck, shoulders, or stomach.

Practitioners of somatic psychotherapy can help individuals both become more aware of these bodily sensations and learn to use therapeutic techniques to release any tension the body is holding. Techniques often used in therapy include breathing exercises and sensation awareness, movements, sounds, self-massage, and grounding exercises. During the session, the person in treatment may be encouraged to reflect on patterns of behaviour and identify any impact these patterns may have on any new emotions, experiences, or concerns that come up in therapy.

What you will need

Wether you choose a breathwork session for trauma release or a Hakomi session, you will have to prepare your space so you have the best conditions to support your somatic exploration. You will need a good internet connection, a laptop or desktop, very good lighting (lots of natural light or a light ring is best), a safe private space where you will not be interrupted and where you feel safe to move, sound and breath ( a yoga mat size space is enough). It is preferable to have some water and tissues accessible as well as a pillow and a cover.

Icon flower. What will you need during a somatic therapy session online: a safe space

A safe space

Icon computer. What will you need during a somatic therapy session online: a good internet connection

A good internet connection

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: good lighting

Good lighting

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Glass of water

Biodynamic breathwork for trauma release system

BBTRS created by Giten Tonkov is a therapeutic approach that uses breath as the main tool with the help of supporting elements such as movement, touch, sound, conscious emotional expression and meditation to support trauma release and healing on the somatic level. BioDynamic Breathwork heals trauma by releasing core tension and supporting clients to complete arrested trauma-related Fight/Flight or Dissociated responses.

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Hakomi: Mindfulness somatic psychotherapy

Hakomi is gentle and non violent, yet yields dramatic and rapid results. Its highly experiential approach evokes a deep “felt sense” that allows clients to take genuine ownership of their core material, its transformation, and resulting changes. Hakomi embraces Frieda Fromm Reichman’s belief that “the patient needs an experience, not an explanation.”

Estelle Schmitt - Biodynamic breathwork for trauma release facilitator, Hakomi somatic psychotherapist

Meet Estelle

Hi! My name is Estelle. I would like to introduce myself to you. I live in Byron bay, Australia, in the rainforest, with my husband Patrick, and our 6 years old son Tao. I am passionate about understanding people since I first studied dietetics 15 years ago. My curiosity and need to understand myself and others have led me to study consciousness (Belief systems) and later on Aromatherapy which opened the door to somatic work. I was raised in a dysfunctional family with an emotionally and psychologically abusive father. On the road to recovery, I have acquired tools and wisdom that I would like to put at your disposal. It is never too late to heal.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have had the good fortune to work with Estelle from Somatic Freedom over 3 sessions now. Using zoom for the session has been as powerful, intimate and effective as doing somatic work in person. To be able to attend the session in my own home, without worrying about driving to and from the session has been perfect. During each session we have worked with breath, body processes, chakras, safety, body wisdom and takeaway practices to settle my nervous system. Estelle is highly tuned to the process of somatic release, and I always felt safe knowing she was well versed in her knowledge and very natural in how she worked with me. I highly recommend Estelle as a support practitioner on the journey of self awareness and healing. I am forever grateful for what she brings to each session. Thank you so much Estelle

Pamela F.