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Harnessing the Power of Somatic Movement for Self-Soothing and Emotional Regulation

Dec 01, 2023
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Rachel Kraft's Somatic Tool for December

Finding tools to manage emotional and physical well-being can be challenging, especially in our fast-paced world. However, somatic movement offers an accessible and powerful way to reconnect with our bodies and find inner peace. This blog post will introduce you to three simple but effective somatic movements that can be done anywhere, anytime, to help you regulate your nervous system and increase your capacity to feel emotions safely.

Movement 1: Balancing the Nervous System

  • What to Do: Sit comfortably and bring your hands behind your head, interlocking your fingers. Keep your eyes open and look to the left for 1 minute, then to the right for 1 minute.
  • Benefits: This movement helps balance the parasympathetic part of your nervous system and orient you to your surroundings, fostering a sense of stability and awareness.

Movement 2: Grounding and Relaxation

  • What to Do: Close your eyes and focus on each part of your body, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Visualize sending your energy into the ground.
  • Benefits: This practice encourages your mind to rest and your body to feel safer, enhancing your overall well-being.

Movement 3: Personalized Self-Soothing

  • What to Do: Move your hands over your body in a way that feels good. This could include gently rubbing your arms, massaging your hands, or stretching your feet. The motion should be gentle and relaxing.
  • Benefits: This final practice helps build awareness of what your nervous system needs to self-soothe, whether soft touch, shaking, or movement. It's about listening to and honoring your body's needs.

Join the Live Guided Practice

If these practices resonate with you and you feel called to deepen your understanding and experience, consider joining The Masterclass Pass. We have two upcoming workshops that will guide you through these exercises live, providing a more immersive and supportive experience.

Final Thoughts from Rachel Kraft

Remember, these movements are tools you can use anytime to help create a sense of safety and comfort in your body. Whether you're in your car (not driving, of course!), taking a break at work, or in the comfort of your home, these practices are designed to be accessible and effective for everyone. Embrace the journey of somatic movement, and discover how it can transform your relationship with your body and emotions.

Happy Healing and Exploration!

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