What is somatic teaching?

What is somatic teaching?

Many people understand Somatics to be particular movement sequences/exercises that have an aim to release muscle tension and bring the muscles and nervous system back in to balance. But as teachers, if we only instruct students/clients what to do ("arch your back", "tip your pelvis", "lift the left buttock off the floor") are we really teaching Somatics?

Somatics is about creating a learning environment and allowing each soma to sense, move, learn, choose...this cannot be done by only following instructions.