Somatic Movement Education (SME) for self care:
Taking care of you while caring for others.
There is a growing need to understand the importance of self care, without it we are unable to offer our care to others. In particular, many people working in health care settings as well as family caregivers are struggling to maintain balance in their own lives and enduring increasingly stressful situations.
Often the first question becomes “How can I find time to look after myself?” and so care for oneself is considered as separate from us, something we must make time for rather than it being and integrated part of the whole of all that we do.
SME helps us to change habitual patterns that are no longer useful to us. Through the process of body sensing we can let go of old ways of being, moving, and thinking. There is a vulnerability that arises but this can also create space for new perspectives.
SME begins with body awareness. We slow down to notice what is happening in us which can offer support and balance in how we respond to what is happening around us. Body sensing helps us to listen internally to what is asking for attention bringing awareness of what is needed in the moment to restore balance.
So then the question becomes, “How do I slow down and listen when there is so much happening around me?” Our breath is always with us and can remind us to be where we are in the moment. So when we become distracted by our thoughts or things pulling us from the outside, being aware of our breath is an incredibly steady companion. Breath is where we begin when we are born, we do not need to make time for it, it is there, calling us back again and again to each moment. Being with your breath helps to show you where to go, where to listen, in your body, supporting you through body sensations, emotions, and whatever emerges.
Caregivers are so needed and yet are often over worked and unsupported. This lack of support can leave them depleted of their energy and unable to continue to care for themselves or others. Taking care of you while you care for others is crucial to sustaining your own health.
How can SME benefit me? Some benefits are:
Creates supportive ways to restore balance in your body through re-patterning movements.
Brings balance to nervous system and encourages whole body movement.
Finding ways to respond to your needs while responding to others.
Increases your energy while reducing stress and anxiety.
Integrating SME with your daily life creates compassionate ways of caring for oneself which helps you to continue to care for others.
What's a session like? Go to the Compassionate Accompaniment 1:1 sessions page to find out more.