During this groundbreaking 2-day event, you’ll discover:
- You can heal trauma and come home to your embodied, authentic self by addressing the 3 most important factors that are held in the body
- How to stay grounded and connected to your own innate somatic intelligence while working with clients as a trauma therapist
- Somatic interventions like interoception, polyvagal theory, and nervous system regulation can benefit those with chronic illnesses like Alzheimer's
- Tapping into oscillation — micro-movements throughout the body’s cells and systems — can support subtle but profound support for self-regulation and self-soothing
- And much more…
Combine Conventional Therapies With Body-Centric Methods for Alleviating Anxiety, Resolving Trauma & Restoring Wholeness
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MFT
Trauma-Somatics Consultant & Founder of Embodywise
Arielle Schwartz, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Author, Therapist Trainer & Creator of Resilience-Informed Therapy
Would you love to be liberated from deeply ingrained fight-or-flight reactions or routine triggers? And at the same time, access effective tools to help liberate your clients from chronic emotional distress and residual trauma?
In the ever-evolving landscape of mental health, the fusion of somatic movement with conventional psychology stands as a beacon of transformative healing.
This leading-edge approach is becoming a cornerstone for pioneers in the trauma field, including psychologists, therapists, social workers, and other mental healthcare experts…
… as it marks the intersection of trauma therapy, somatic psychology, and mindfulness.
Within this realm, you’ll discover how polyvagal adjustment, psycho/bio trauma release, embodied yoga, and Hakomi training also play pivotal roles. Additionally, Laban-Bartenieff, Continuum, BodyMind Centering, Feldenkrais, and the Hanna Method form a tapestry of empowering approaches to body-mind healing.
At the heart of this approach lies the understanding of the psychobiology of trauma, unraveling the intricate ways in which trauma is stored within the body and manifests in poor posture and other somatic abnormalities or dis-ease.
The emerging science of epigenetics studies how your behaviors and environment, such as repeated movements and/or other physical habits passed down through generations can actually cause changes that affect the way your genes work! And even though they do not change your DNA sequence, they can change how your body reads it.
The good news is that, unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible, and can be powerfully addressed with potent somatic movement protocols.
The Somatic Psychology Summit invites you to explore these expanding avenues for connecting to the body’s innate intelligence as a pathway to greater mental resilience, physical flexibility, and spiritual vitality — for you and your clients.
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to conscious movement, you’ll discover a wide range of leading-edge research and potent body-centric somatic tools that you can add to your professional practice…
… empowering you to share insights and expertise that can help your clients heal and become whole after loss, grief, or trauma.
The journey towards an embodied and peaceful existence becomes not just a therapeutic process but a profound way of being — and a testament to the transformative power of somatic psychology in the healing arts.
Our somatic psychology experts will guide you through effective modalities to share with your clients:
Dr. Martha Eddy will explain how movement therapy affects trauma work in somatic psychotherapy.
Staci K. Haines will share why it’s vital for somatics and embodied transformation to integrate an intersectional analysis — in order to heal and help others.
Joshua Sylvae, PhD, will look at treating trauma and distress by incorporating body awareness and sensorimotor processing.
Amy Weintraub will demonstrate simple yoga-based interventions that can calm your mind, lift your mood, and open you to self-compassion.
Susan Aposhyan will guide you in two key practices — one for your own embodied experience, and a second to enhance your felt sense of our global interconnectedness.
Maci Daye will look at three typical “trance” states that diminish desire, creativity, and arousal, then show how somatic psychology can help you cultivate conditions that optimize sexual pleasure and creative expression.
Mukara Meredith will explain how learning to integrate somatics with group awareness and facilitation supports the integration of a more collective paradigm.
Rob Fisher will share how mindfulness is a powerful tool in couples counseling, enabling you to notice and transform unconscious systems that erode connection.
Christine Caldwell, PhD, will dive into the complexities and curiosities of a movement-centered approach to personal wellbeing and social action.
Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk will discuss how embodied skills can help patients who have chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's work with their symptoms.
Gisele Fernandes-Osterhold will offer an overview of somatic principles and practices in psychedelic therapy, and a deeper understanding of the multidimensionality of trauma.
And much more…
Learn How to Release Trauma Stored Deeply Within the Physical Body
When talk therapy proves insufficient, somatic therapy applied through gestures, posture adjustments, facial expressions, and various other conscious, intentional movements can be used to uncover and heal emotional traumas stored in the body.
Centuries-old practices like yoga, dance, and meditation — along with more recent exercise regimens such as Pilates and judo — can play key roles in guided treatments by offering gentle yet powerful practices to address, understand, and release trauma.
This holistic approach recognizes the primacy of conscious movement in various domains, from art-making to contemplative practice, and even in education.
Down-regulating physical distress through art-making, for example, creatively and playfully applies the principles of polyvagal theory to release trauma stored in the autonomic nervous system.
By addressing the perceived mind-body split with your clients, emphasizing the intricate connection between thoughts, emotions, and sensations, you can expect to increase concrete results in your clinical practice.
These quantifiable benchmarks can be measured as an enhanced ability to accurately read patient arousal levels, leading to the implementation of appropriate, effective therapeutic tools.
Join us for the Somatic Psychology Summit to immerse yourself in the specifics of these exciting, emerging practices with world-renowned somatic psychology experts, movement therapists, doctors, psychologists, and movement pioneers…
… including Amy Weintraub, founder of LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute… Rob Fisher, co-director of the Hakomi Institute of California and China… Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk, founder of the Healthy Brain Clinic… and Joshua Sylvae, PhD, faculty at Somatic Experiencing International and Peter Levine’s Ergos Institute for Somatic Education.
You’ll also access insightful discussions focused on integrating somatics into the healing of chronic illness by bolstering resilience, highlighting the valuable role of the embodied brain.
Of course, as a healer, you must first live the somatic experience yourself, tapping into your own innate embodied intelligence for nervous system regulation before you can safely and effectively guide clients through therapeutic processes.
During this summit, you’ll gain access to powerful techniques for internalizing your own somatic skills as you learn to dissolve blockages — for you and your clients — that can have huge long-term negative effects on health.
Here’s what participants had to say about previous years’ Somatic Movement Summits…
“I attended this summit for the first time last year; it really changed my life and I decided to make it an annual gift to myself.”
I attended this summit for the first time last year; it really changed my life and I decided to make it an annual gift to myself. Coming home to the body is everything. It is life. Please keep spreading this crucial and invaluable message.
— Esther Bonds, Corvallis, Oregon
“I loved the subject matter.”
I loved the subject matter. Always a passion of mine that was seen and explained by so many people. I really resonated with one of the speakers that allowed me to practice a little differently and understand my inner working.
— Andrea A., Nimbin, Australia
“Such a broad range of topics delivered by seasoned practitioners with unique teaching styles.”
Amazing summit. I was able to immediately utilize demonstrated somatic techniques. Such a broad range of topics delivered by seasoned practitioners with unique teaching styles.
— Linda, New York City, New York
“Loved being immersed in these presentations exploring somatics from so many different angles.”
Loved being immersed in these presentations exploring somatics from so many different angles. Host questions were always spot on, presenters so genuine and intimate with their process and explorations. At the same time the depth of care and professionalism radiated. Learning about a muscle that’s really an organ that’s really an integrated energy field — now where can you learn that kind of wild information! I’m very glad that I invested in the Premium package. Seeing Martha Eddy and Lavinia Plonka at the same event, it’s gonna be good!
— Pam, Halifax, Canada
“I am feeling more embodied and more flowing.”
There were some wonderful, gifted, evolved speakers that I have never heard of. Most of the ones I listened to I got a lot out of. I am feeling more embodied and more flowing. Very important stuff.
— Joel, Tucson, Arizona
“The speakers I listened to were excellent and provided information that was easy to apply to my life.”
The speakers I listened to were excellent and provided information that was easy to apply to my life. It was so enriching. I looked forward every day to the presentations. I loved the somatic parts since I am just starting to get in touch with my body. Thank you so much for providing this summit. Can't wait for next year's.
— Sue, California
“Loved the rich blend of introduction to such varied modalities and paths, with history, information, and direct experience.”
Loved the rich blend of introduction to such varied modalities and paths, with history, information, and direct experience. Also, The Shift Network's transparent way of enabling direct contact with these extraordinary teachers and practitioners... the skill, thoroughness, and insightfulness of the interviewers... and the easeful way of conversation, comparison, and inspiration.
— Lulu, Florida
“What I loved most was the overall positiveness and love spreading by all speakers and hosts!”
What I loved most was the overall positiveness and love spreading by all speakers and hosts! Great idea to bring together people who share their personal experience about the same things but in different words and from a different point of view, using different methods. Selection of speakers was excellent! A few lessons allowed me to get a new feeling of habitual things, to see around what I did not see earlier, and more enjoy everyday life. Plenty of new techniques and methods learnt during the summit sessions will be incorporated later, but very first small shifts are already in place. Overall, the new knowledge, practices, and experience gained during the summit allowed me to sort out many things that were dispersed and were not connected to each other and to start shaping my own (ecological) niche within the universe. Huge thanks to all organizers and speakers, and to all on The Shift Network team!
— Maria, St. Petersburg, Russia