“It’s wonderful to have someone’s hand on your heart, hand on your kidneys, but when it can be your own hand, and you can feel something, that’s really cool to be a part of.” – Sarah Wolfman
Happy anniversary! You and I have gone through a lot over the last five years. Progress! Stagnation! Rage! Exhilaration! And, would you believe, 200 conversations with wounded healers? A line-up of humans so generous of spirit that their insights echo throughout my body long after the recording session ends.
There’s something to this idea of embodied wisdom, the way we physically understand what our minds can’t (or refuse to) comprehend. Somatic Experience Practitioner Sarah Wolfman (one of my first guests ever) calls it the power of our bones. I like that. So what do these old bones know now? Sarah returns to help me sift through the transformative lessons of the last five years.
“The thing with somatic work is, a lot’s done around silence,” says Sarah. Of course, you wouldn’t know it to hear the two of us excitedly carry on over how much we’ve learned about ourselves, our clients, and our professions since episode three. While quiet moments support optimum healing, they don’t make for compelling podcasts. Thankfully, Sarah uses words to explain why silence is golden in somatic therapy. “A lot is done around noticing and observing. If we’re always yakking, we’re not really landing in the new chemicals to taste, the new hormones to try.”
Somatic practices tune into the mind-body connection and use physical techniques to address trauma. The result is a nervous system better equipped to witness and repair rather than shame and avoid. That a client can physically reclaim their agency through movement resonates with me; I learn best when I experience something from the inside out. That’s why I wanted to study NARM. The modality helped me explore what I found so threatening about agency, uncover where those feelings lived in my body, and allow myself to engage more thoroughly with healing.
Cells have the power to regenerate and muscles to strengthen. Somatic therapy introduces us to the resources located within. “It is really the art of being able to expand whatever’s there and recognize that our bodies are strong,” says Sarah.
Fresh off the intensity of the last five years, it’s nice to be reminded of our innate power.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
CWH003: Sarah Wolfman –– Somatic Work Is Magic
CWH182: Rayell Grayson –– Holding Space For Emotional Evolution With Head/Heart Therapy
NeuroAffective Relational Model
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Sarah Wolfman is passionate about embodiment as a tool for transformation. By attuning to the body’s natural rhythms and sensations, her clients master their nervous system’s ups and downs, creating space for empowerment, resilience, and vitality. Sarah specializes in transforming trauma and chronic pain through Somatic Experience Practice, functional & dynamic movement, somatic touch, cranial-sacral techniques, and mindfulness.
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