The name SomaSense is derived from our fundamental belief that optimum health can be achieved by truly connecting the mind’s awareness with the body’s sensations. The word soma is Greek for “the living body”. Somatics is an approach used by bodyworkers and psychologist in which the physical and emotional experiences of
the living being are the main tool for learning about the present body.
While the body-mind connection affects us daily, we don’t always recognize its impact on us. Challenges arise and become embodied when we try to segregate our mind and body into specific categories that don’t interact. The mind and body are a network that work together for us to function optimally. In fact, even small amounts of physical stress affect our mental health. And our mental health also affects our physical health. By receiving mindfulness bodywork, the patient can create a space for healing that is omni-dimensional.
Throughout the ages humans have bestowed turtles with special meaning. Ancient myths from different cultures describe the world as resting on the turtle’s back. Among Far Eastern cultures it was believed that the turtle’s back symbolized Heaven and that its underside represented Earth. For them the turtle signified the possibility of uniting Heaven and Earth within one’s own life.
Some cultures today still regard the sea turtle as a symbol of a healing mother and believe that it is connected to the lunar cycle. Others associate the turtle with longevity and wisdom. Incredibly, sea turtles have existed on earth longer than any other vertebrate animal — they were here when dinosaurs evolved and became extinct, and they survived the Ice Age.
The turtle has qualities that are congruent with the teachings and values of SomaSense Bodywork. The turtle naturally withdraws and goes within when in turmoil. It does not need to learn the importance of this focusing inward, it naturally knows.
Tina has been helping others find their true potential her whole life. She has a great desire to help people feel glorious in their bodies. To become the bodyworker she is today she:
Obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University
Served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Natural Resource Conservationist
Lived on the Atoll island of Mwoakilloa for two years researching sea turtle nesting habits
Became a Licensed Massage Therapist
Completed her Holistic Health Practitioner Certification
Completed her Somatic Psychology Specialization Training