Towards serenity via somatic coaching
hw sp 14 4 From burn-out to body now... One of the more unusual concepts in coaching is somatic, focused on the interaction between mind and body.

Man thinks with his entire body.

A champion of somatic coaching is Josette Lépine, author of 'Le Coaching Somatique ou l'Intelligence du corps en mouvement'. She was a former dancer at the Paris Opera, with more than thirty years’ experience in the art of movement. She has been a somatic teacher of the Feldenkrais method for twenty-five years and is a PCC certified coach of the International Coach Federation. She works with business leaders, managers, sports people and artists from all horizons. She explains how important the body, the shoulders for example is as sign of motivation and de-motivation. In short, somatic coaching is a technique that shows the interaction between body and mind.

The body can never lie: dancers, actors know this: they know that their body and mind needs to be aligned to create a great show. Dancers trust their bodies, and their movements become intelligent, less mentally controlled. Josette explains that we live in a culture of chairs, always sitting, forgetting movement.
The body in movement activates every sense: listen and feel your breathing, your muscles, your skin. Man thinks with his entire body.

We live in a culture of chairs.

The objective of somatic coaching is to help someone to recognize his unused resources and activate them. Somatic coaching completes the possibilities of the coaching. It makes us more connected with our right brain.

Many surveys show that non-verbal language represents 70% of our communication.
We are always thinking, rationalizing, analysing, trying to choose the right words... but unconsciously, everyone in a conversation is more sensitive to the non-verbal communication of the other.
The body of the person in front of you and our own body give permanent information, about your motivation, mood,...Somatic coaching helps you reunify both parts (verbal and non-verbal) in order to reach a better serenity: avoir un corps parlant, allowing your body to do the talking. Learning how to tame our body properly, to understand it, to love it, is a prerequisite to communicate smoothly and efficiently.

Important part of somatic coaching is based on a strong listening to our emotions, to live this emotion with full consciousness (joy, sadness, angriness, fear, and all the nuances,...). Indeed, the word emotion comes from the Latin motio meaning movement. So we need to be aware of our emotions, not reject them. To understand how it affects us. Positive emotion can incite action. But too often, people want to escape to their emotions, and turn towards all sorts of addiction.

Somatic coaching uses very gentle exercises based on movements made by the coached, who will describe and exaggerate his feelings and emotions, and then supported by the coach (and his right attitude and rephrasing), to reconnect progressively to his body and move to a better state of serenity.

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