Somatic Care

Don’t force the change, honor the process of change


We are healthy when we’re able to fully digest everything we take in, extracting what is nourishing and eliminating whatever doesn’t serve us. This includes our food, our relationships, our jobs, our wishes, and all our life experiences. A disruption in the flow of movements, thoughts, behaviours and emotions causes stress.

Tension, discomfort and stress affect how we behave and how we feel at the emotional, mental and physical level. Although some stress helps us to perform, if we're constantly stressed, our body stays in a state of high alert and we may develop stress-related illnesses.

The stress response has three stages: the alarm reaction, the stage of resistance, and the stage of exhaustion. The stress response is characterized by activation of the sympathetic nervous system and release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These influence the functioning of our whole body and are meant to prepare us for the fight-or-flight response. This reaction is over-the-top for most of the challenges that we face in the 21st century. Chronic stress is harmful for our body-mind system. Stress causes many symptoms at the emotional, mental, behavioural and organ level. It not only leads to burnout, but also gives rise to digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Stress also influences our posture and sensory-motor responses. Tension builds up in the musculoskeletal system and leads for example to back, neck or shoulder pain. Furthermore, the tenser the body becomes, the greater the difficulty to relax, both physically and mentally. And thus, we end up in a vicious circle of discomfort, unable to turn off the stress response.

Somatic care to destress

Somatic Care aims to reconnect you to your body and to restore the natural balance within the body-mind system to resolve stress-related physical and mental issues. We use established methods to activate the relaxation response and counteract the stress response. These include gentle bodywork techniques, physical movement, deep breathing, relaxation exercises, sound, and guided imagery. In contrast to mind-oriented interventions, we take the actual physical experience as a starting point. By addressing proprioceptive, interoceptive and movement awareness, we stimulate and guide the integration between your body and mind. By observing what is going on here and now in your body, you start to pay attention to your feelings, sensations and thoughts. This results in a gradual change in your restrictive physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral patterns. Together we figure out which methods work best for you.

Somatic Care uses a multidisciplinary and integrative approach to health that is directed towards self-care and self-management. We encourage introspection and an interest in starting an active relationship with your body in order to become aware of the physical and emotional conditions that affect your vitality, health and well-being. Promotion of a healthy lifestyle is an integral part of all our treatments. If necessary, we can refer you to other health care providers.

Somatic Care offers paramedical naturopathy treatments to help restore and maintain optimal health according to the so-called five nature-oriented principles: 1) Replenishing energy; 2) Restoring nervous system balance; 3) Draining emotional and physical ballast; 4) Nourishing the body-mind system; 5) Reconnecting the functional relationship between the skeletal structure, neuromuscular system, organs & hormones and the mind.

How does it work in practice

We first take time for a solid intake in a safe, private, non-judgmental and non-clinical setting. Together we make a treatment plan for your discomforts that is based on your needs and our experience. The goal is to identify and remove barriers to optimal health by facilitating your body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.

Somatic Care is a body-focused intervention. Our methods include:

  • Active and passive bodywork
  • Postural and movement evaluation
  • Breathing and relaxation exercises
  • Movement re-patterning
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Autogenic training using touch and verbal cues
  • Guided imagery
  • Self-care support
Our one-hour sessions are private and take place in our center. You can schedule your appointments online, to maximize your flexibility. Please wear comfortable exercise clothing and do not eat a full meal within 1-3 hours prior to a session.

“Healing requires change, transformation, and renewal,
creating a new balance of our whole individuality.”

SOMATIC CARE for which conditions?

Many physical complaints are not symptoms of a medical condition, but are rather related to stress. Although doctors can't find a problem with the body that may be the cause, the symptoms are real and distressing and can affect your ability to function properly. Furthermore, stress can also aggravate some medical conditions, causing you unnecessary distress. Somatic Care concentrates on relieving such symptoms and improving your functionality and quality of life.

In our experience, Somatic Care is helpful for relief of stress and stress-related health problems, including:

  • Burnout
  • Headache
  • Back- and neckpain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Digestive symptoms (e.g. stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Hyperventilation, shortness of breath
  • Skin conditions
  • Dizziness
  • Non-cardiac chest pain, palpitations
  • Muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menstrual problems
  • Trauma and abuse
  • ADHD
  • Recovery after surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Postnatal recovery
Somatic Care is for everybody, regardless of age or physical condition.

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