Soma, from the Greek, the living body in its wholeness.
Somatic Intelligence, the integrated intelligence of body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Embodiment, to make tangible, to embody.
The Beyond Soma School, an integrated approach to developing human capacity individually and together.
Where else do we live but in the body, here and now.
How you are organising your thinking, emotions and body impacts your experience of the world and how others experience you.
How do you want to show-up? What is the world that you want to create?
Move to developing a more centred, balanced, energised, effective and confident presence.
Our approach brings together ancient traditions with modern day science. It draws on Eastern philosophy, martial arts and mindfulness practices, neuroscience, NLP, positive psychology, sports psychology and physiology.
Our Somatic and Embodiment practices help develop such capacities as:
Our body, mind, emotions and spirit are elements of one coherent interdependent system, impacting and influencing each other constantly, whether or not we are aware of it.
Training and development, and coaching have largely focused on the mind and in recent years on the emotions, working with the body provides a powerful additional door to impact performance, growth and development. Whether you are a leader or manager in an organisation, a coach, teacher or parent, developing your embodied and somatic intelligence can make a difference to your effectiveness, health, energy and wellbeing.
Paul King, who is a co-founder of Beyond, heads up our somatic and embodiment work. Paul is recognised for his skills in this field, as a coach and workshop facilitator, having worked with mind-body intelligence and effectiveness for more than 30 years. Paul is an Inner Game coaching, an NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer and certified in HeartMath. He was the first person in Europe to be certified in the Leadership/Conscious Embodiment work of Wendy Palmer. He has trained as a Tai Ji (chi) teacher with Chung Liang (Al) Huang – a well known master in this field, connecting Tai Ji practice, Taoist wisdom with the the modern world . He is also a Qigong teacher and trained in Feldenkrais (movement-re-education). Paul has a broad range of other training and experience which he brings to this work
“Paul King has a remarkably and highly-tuned intuitive grasp on how energy manifests itself through the way the body conveys what it is really experiencing and wanting to communicate. In his embodied work he lifts the overlay of social assumptions into letting one see what is really being said. In doing so he reminds us that, though we have language, the bodies of all mammals are intensely powerful in the way they communicate. The skills of understanding and responding to those messages get lost among allegedly civilised human beings, but Paul helps regain those skills for whoever has time to listen, time to hear, and wants to know.”
Paul Brown, Professor of Organisational Neuroscience at Monarch Business School Switzerland and co-author of, The Fear-Free Organization and Neuropsychology for Coaches.