'The Art of Somatic Coaching' Teaches Mind and Bodywork Practices, MASSAGE MagazineNamed one of the top 50 executive coaches worldwide by The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D., brings the same concepts he’s taught at Google, the American Red Cross, and the U.S. Marine Corps to a mass audience with his new book The Art of Somatic Coaching, which introduces innovative concepts and principles of somatic coaching with mind and bodywork practices for coaches and clients.

Life coaching is a $2 billion industry; there are 45,000 life, work or executive coaches worldwid, and Harvard Medical School recently established the Institute of Coaching, the first of its kind for coaching-related research, practice and education. 

In the book, Strozzi-Heckler 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

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About Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D.

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D., 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.