ENCUERPA SAVIA is a comprehensive bio-psycho-social approach to the movement designed by Maria Kiekari. Its purpose is to restore the wisdom of your body to heal and create a sense of personal security and mastery about the experiences of everyday life. This approach integrates ecosomatic education, restoration practices, movement for trauma and the neuroscience of connection education to restore the sovereignty of the body and mind, inviting us to inhabit a body that is comfortable, intimate and safe.
An effective means of recognizing and listening to one’s needs, meeting and inhabiting the body and creating a safe container for our feelings to move. ENCUERPA SAVIA takes you to recover the experience that is legitimately yours, to live fully in the here and now, in this beautiful body that is your home.
Healing trauma doesn’t just involve changes in the brain. Rather, it is equally important to attend to the impact of traumatic events on the body. When it comes to healing from any trauma, it’s important to recognize that the body holds memories of what happened. Your body provides tremendous feedback on the impact of those traumatic events. You may notice how you carry tension in your body or how your posture could be a reflection of your emotions.
As a result of challenging life experiences, you may find yourself closing your chest to protect your heart from events that occurred years ago. Perhaps, you continue to freeze or collapse in response to current events that triggered feelings related to your traumatic past. Or, you may notice how trauma from your past hampers your willingness to look someone in the eye, stand up tall, or speak with confidence.
Somatic Therapy in trauma treatment allows you to release long-held tension from your body. As a result, you have an opportunity to discover a greater sense of freedom in your body and mind. Your body gives you feedback about when the events of the past no longer define your life in the present. As a result, you claim your resilience.
— Dr. Arielle Schwartz”
Somatic approach therapy uses the language of the body to reach places where speaking cannot.
The technique, using movements with a somatic approach, strength and mobility, neurosensory exercises, transpersonal art therapy – motor sensor, reconnects people with their physical bodies.
This is an important step for many who have mentally dissociated or separated from their physical selves, which is common in people with traumatic stress and childhood, shock, systemic/institutional traumatic experiences.
Trauma, stress, and anxiety live in our bodies. Some of the effects may look like:
- ● Feel insecure
- ● Difficulty trusting or connecting with other people.
- ● Hypervigilance: feeling “on call” all the time.
- ● Nervous/anxious energy.
- ● Disrupted sleep patterns or insomnia.
- ● Feeling “raw,” sensitive, or emotional.
- ● Lethargy or extreme tiredness.
- ● Difficulty breathing well.
- ● Repetitive thought patterns.
- ● Feel helpless or powerless.
- ● Inability to pay attention.
Our bodies are designed to help us adapt to our changing environment, and all of these (and more) are completely normal physiological responses to being alive in a challenging world.
There is nothing wrong with you. You are not broken. You are not damaged.
You are an incredibly powerful and resilient human being.
And even better: you can learn to work with your unique body to help restore your sense of well-being.
This approach teaches:
- ● A sense of wholeness and vitality.
- ● Confidence in yourself by recognizing your own strength, power and embodied limits.
- ● An understanding of the functions of your nervous system to facilitate wellness.
- ● Nervous/anxious energy.
- ● Increased ability to handle trigger states while staying within your ability window.
- ● Techniques and strategies so you can handle life’s challenges.
Somatic Therapy Encuerpa Savia
happens in three stages
(The navigation time in them is relative, it depends on the person)
The first stage helps you develop resources to deal with challenging emotions, disturbing symptoms, and distressing memories. Perhaps you feel stuck on high alert, unable to relax, or locked in exhaustion. These symptoms indicate that you need resources to stabilize your symptoms and help you restore a sense of safety in the here and now.
The second stage invites you to reprocess the emotions, sensations, memories, and beliefs associated with your traumatic experiences. By processing traumatic events, you free yourself from associated negative beliefs, emotions, somatic experiences, and behaviors.
The third stage focuses on integrating positive changes into your overall sense of self. This involves reflecting on the meaning you make of your unique life experiences.