What Is Somatics?

The field of somatics has developed over the last century through a process of inquiry into how consciousness inhabits the living body. The term is derived from the word "somatic" (Greek "somatikos", soma: "living, aware, bodily person") which means pertaining to the body, experienced and regulated from within. According to Thomas Hanna, who first coined the phrase, "somatics" is the study of self from the perspective of lived experience, encompassing the dimensions of body, psyche, and spirit.

Somatic movement describes movement that is sensed and shaped from within, rather than from an external source. (ISMETA)


  • Sight - Mirror neurons, the minds eye, imagination
  • Kinesthetic awareness - Feeling - can be enhanced through attention
  • Inner senses - Seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, knowing, imagination