Somatic psychology, also known as body oriented psychotherapy and body-mind psychotherapy, is a type of psychology which believes in a strong relationship between the body and the mind. The somatic body system which can be found in the nervous system conveys information from the central nervous system to the nerves in the sensory organs, skin, and skeletal muscles. The senses of a person (including touch, hearing, and sight) are governed by sensory organs. The body language of the patient, how they express their emotions and their physical characteristics are used as clues by psychologists in order to figure out the frame of mind of the person as well as to teach patients how to better promote physical and mental health with the use of physical methods. The creation of this branch of psychology is credited to Wilhelm Reich. Reich was one of Sigmund Freud’s students and this type of psychology was come about based on writing of Freud, Arthur Janov, and Fritz Perls.
It was Reich’s belief that the body and the mind were one and the same entity, and that they both influenced each other. This new branch of psychotherapy that he developed was named character-analytic vegeotherapy or just vegeotherapy by him. As other practices were merged by psychologists, it evolved into somatic psychology. Other branches of psychology that influenced it include gestalt practices, existentialism, and humanistic psychology as well as Eastern philosophies and neurology and biology. A lot of Reich’s followers later developed a form for themselves using such influences as well as theories of their own.
Other symptoms of somatic psychology usually come with psychology. These symptoms include dry mouth, spastic stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, ‘goose’ or ‘ant’ skin, sweating, trembling, increased arterial pressure, shortness of breath, heart pain, compression or pressure feeling in the breast, and heart palpitations. Abnormal sexual functions, suffocation, hives, itch, reddening or palling and vertigo are other symptoms that are frequent.
It is recommended that you exercise in order to get relief from your anxiety. Exercises for somatic psychology have a pandicular nature. Pandiculations can be done by every vertebral mammal that is healthy including humans. Pandiculations involves slowly contracting and then releasing the muscles. Such movement allows the individual to relax their muscles as well as help their brain to prepare for being voluntarily controlled. When attempting somatic exercises attempt to get a sense of tightening muscles and then relax after getting it each time.
These thechniques are usually customized by psychologists in such a way to suit the patients needs psychologists usually develops the self-awareness of the patient through meditiation and relaxation, which include breathing exercises. Movements like dance therapy, also helps patients to experience greater awareness of themselves. The ability of the patient to completely feel as well as to express emotions in a manner that is healthy is expanded by the use of somatic psychology. A science that is very close to that of somatic psychology, psychoneuroinnunology, is the study of how the immune system of an individual is affected by their emotions.