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The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion

The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion

by Richard Strozzi-Heckler
The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion

The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion

by Richard Strozzi-Heckler

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Overview

The Art of Somatic Coaching introduces the concepts and principles of coaching with practices that include body awareness, bodywork, and mindfulness for both the coach and the client. Author and expert coach, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, explains that in order to achieve truly sustainable changes in individuals, teams, and organizations, it is necessary to implement body-oriented somatic practices in order to dissolve habits, behaviors, and interpretations of the world that are no longer relevant. He explains that these ways of being are integrated in the body—at the level of the musculature, organs, and nervous system. By implementing a somatic approach, these patterns can be shifted in order for transformation to occur.
 
Opening with a discussion of the roots of Somatic Coaching, the book describes the emotional and physical cost of being distanced from our bodies. Originating from the rationalistic idea that the mind and body are separate, this sense of disconnection spurred the emergence of the field of somatics that views the body as not just a physiological entity, but as the center of our lived experience in the world. Out of this philosophy, Somatic Coaching was developed as a way to cultivate the self through the body.
 
Methods in this book include:
• Somatic awareness—becoming aware of sensations
• Somatic opening—includes bodywork to release held patterns in the body
• Somatic practices—meditation, movement, and being present in everyday life
 
The social context in which one is raised, the supportive, healing force of the outdoors and nature as well as acknowledgment of the spirit are also woven into the practice. Through these practices, a rhythm of unfolding occurs in what Strozzi-Heckler describes as an Arc of Transformation—moving in stages from conditioned tendencies to a new satisfying and fulfilling way of being that is fully embodied.
 
Contents: Introduction; Chapter One: A Short Distance but a Big Cost; Chapter Two: Coaching; Chapter Three: Somatics and Somatic Coaching; Chapter Four: The Methodology; Chapter Five: The Rhythm of Action; Chapter Six: The Somatic Arc of Transformation



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583946732
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,107,866
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Named one of the top fifty executive coaches worldwide in the landmark resource The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, RICHARD STROZZI-HECKLER, PhD, an internationally known speaker, coach, and consultant on leadership and mastery, is the president of the Strozzi Institute, which offers consulting and coaching services to individuals and companies on five continents. Over the past forty years he has coached thousands of individuals from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, nonprofits, the U.S. government, and the military.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 A Short Distance, but a Big Cost 9

2 Coaching 23

3 Somatics and Somatic Coaching 31

4 The Methodology 41

Methodology 46

Somatic Awareness 46

Somatic Opening 64

Somatic Practices 74

Social Context 85

Landscape/Nature 93

Spirit/The Mystery 99

A Short History of How We Have Come to Have a Void Within Us 102

5 The Rhythm of Energy 109

Awakening 112

Increasing 117

Containing 124

Completing 134

6 The Somatic Arc of Transformation 143

Historical Shape 146

Unbounded Shape 162

New Shape 169

Embodiment 173

Conclusion 179

About the Author 181

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