Somatic Psychotherapy is an interdisciplinary practice involving the study of the soma (body) and the psyche (mind). It relies heavily on principles of embodiment—being present in your body in order to most fully understand and engage in the world around you. In my personal practice, somatic psychology does not involve physical touch, though the emotional depth reached is often unparalleled.
The mind and body are too often viewed as separate entities, which implies a split. I believe there is no such thing; one cannot exist without the other. If we are always in our bodies, addictions may arise. If we are always in our heads, it may be hard to experience pleasure and break free from negative thought patterns. Somatic psychotherapy offers solutions by finding balance and pursuing fluidity.