Soma means body and ps (as in psychology) means mind/spirit...
So psoma therapy is body-mind/spirit therapy. It is the evolution of how I practise and teach what was originally called Hakomi as created and developed by Ron Kurtz.
There are two versions of psoma therapy: one is psoma yoga therapy which I originally called Remembering Wholeness Yoga Therapy and which is an integration of Hakomi and yoga. It can be offered in group, individual, or couples sessions.
The other version is more similar to the way Hakomi was usually practiced with perhaps a stronger focus on cultivating mindfulness and on experiments involving the body and movement as well as on integrating the healing transformation in mindfulness as a nourishing body and mind/spirit experience. This is also offered in group, couples, or individual sessions.
The principles of psoma therapy are derived in part from and an evolution of the original principles of Hakomi, which were unity, organicity, mindfulness, non-violence, and the mind-body connection.
The principles of psoma therapy and psoma yoga therapy (TM) are:
mindfulness, organicity, oneness, relationship, loving presence, discovery, and experience.
Mindfulness as the foundation of the approach... Not just moments of mindfulness for the experiment interventions but the cultivation of a habit of mindful awareness as the most important basis of positive change and healing. The practitioners' presence and skills depend on their capacity for mindfulness in relationship more than on anything else. The main benefit for clients from psoma therapy is the development and integration of habits of mindful awareness.
Organicity is the understanding that healing is an inside job and that the practitioner or helper merely facilitates and creates the context for healing and that learning how to create this context is vital to the therapeutic relationship and process. This involves developing a supreme faith in what is happening as offering perfect conditions for what wants to happen. Helping clients learn to trust the organic unfolding of life gives them a solid foundation for learning to enjoy life as it is.
Oneness, sometimes called unity (yoga) or the interconnectedness of everything, including body, mind, and spirit, including human beings in relation to each other, including the person and his or her environment, including the time space conditions, including the past, present, and future of experiencing, including matter and energy, including "all my relations". The psoma therapist has an unshakable faith in the organicity of healing as "wholeness happening".
Relationship is the ground for healing and the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. The healing experience is a relational one just as the wounding and pain we are healing happened in relationship situations. The prime ingredient that psoma therapy provides for healing is a relational experience that helps clients remember their own intrinsic wholeness and inner beauty, their sense of belonging, their creative capacity for learning and becoming, their lovability.
Loving presence, which is the state of mind of the helper or therapist and goes far beyond non-violence as the fundamental attitude and way of being present in any relationship that will be healing. Cultivating this state of mind along with the practice of mindfulness is the first priority for anyone practising psoma therapy and psoma yoga therapy. It grounds the healing relationship and process in present time, in resonance and unity, in humility and humanity, in compassion and loving kindness.
Discovery is the point of the collaborative journey of bringing unconscious material into consciousness in mindful awareness, whether through a practice of yoga asanas, pranayama, movement, Hakomi-style verbal and nonverbal experiments, or the simple assisted self-study of habits and beliefs that are limiting someone's freedom or causing unnecessary suffering. The healing journey also involves the discovery of the kind of positive and nourishing experiences that have been missing because of the way habits and beliefs, mostly outside of conscious awareness, have been organizing experience. This is a journey of discovering what is possible.
Experience is essential for learning and for healing. What has been created by experience (our habits and beliefs and unnecessary suffering) can only be changed by new experiences. Neuroscience has shown us that insight must be accompanied by experience to produce real healing and transformation. Psoma therapy is essentially experiential. Psoma therapy is grounded on the way Hakomi, yoga, Feldenkrais, other related approaches, and mindfulness must be practised and experienced for real learning, let alone mastery, to develop.
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