Posts by Dave Monson

Releasing Trapped Emotions Part 2: Help from Somewhere

Antonio Damasio’s Protoself, as introduced in Part 1, produces feelings about the internal environment of the body. As discussed, the Protoself is like a very smart automatic car that takes care of many matters on its own. When it can’t manage the homeostasis of that internal environment it needs to communicate those feelings to other…

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Releasing Trapped Emotions Part 1: Our Three Selves

We often hear about releasing trapped emotions from the body using bodywork and yoga. Whilst we all know that we feel different after yoga, exercise or a massage, this area challenges me. I think the main difficulty comes from the language itself. We hear that emotions are stuck in the body, and we come from…

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Soma, what’s in a name?

Soma is an ancient word and used around the world, many of the meanings are relevant to what we do 1. soma (plural somas or somata) (anatomy) The whole axial portion of an animal, including the head, neck, trunk, and tail. (cytology) The bulbous part of a neuron, containing the cell nucleus. The soma and long axons of our neurons compose and recompose with other neurons in both our body…

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