The more obvious type of coaching is the verbal communication-style, which provides clarity & feedback that helps people navigate all kinds of things.
This traditional kind of coaching is what most might expect to receive from a coach. It seeks to help people connect to their emotions with the use of specific communications & words.
Then there’s the somatic style of coaching, which you might not be so aware of.
Somatic work primarily utilizes the body as a vehicle instead of verbal communication. There’s various techniques to help people connect with deeper aspects of themselves.
Instead of utilizing conversation, somatic work communicates on an “unspoken” bodily level & allows its communication to be felt instead of heard.
By utilizing certain techniques, people can connect with stuck emotions, traumas & “blocks” they might not be aware of, that often cause stagnation & affect various aspects of our lives.
These somatic techniques help people connect with their bodies on deeper unspoken levels that verbal coaching struggles to help people achieve.
In part, it’s the vulnerability these techniques elicit that allow people to feel new aspects of themselves they weren’t otherwise connected to before.
Somatic work goes straight to the source of where we hold our entanglements: the body. It bypasses logic & understanding & goes straight to the heart of the matter.
One style is no better than the other, they both have their benefits & are essential for healthy living; however some techniques would benefit specific personalities & individuals more than others.
Having the ability to connect physically with deep aspects of ourselves & having the ability to verbally communicate those experiences & feelings is an essential combination for a healthy connected person.
Each style approaches liberation from its own place. The verbal style helps connect us emotionally by utilizing communication, while the somatic work connects us with our feelings by way of the body.