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Counselling | Psychosomatic Disorder

Zobayda Fatema: Psychosomatic means mind (psyche) and body (soma). A psychosomatic disorder is a disease which involves both mind and body. Some physical diseases are thought to be particularly prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety.

Some people also use the term psychosomatic disorder when mental factors cause physical symptoms but where there is no physical disease. For example, a chest pain may be caused by stress and no physical disease can be found.

Psychosomatic symptoms:

Astoundingly, in one study of 1000 patients presenting over a 3-year period with 567 new complaints of 14 common symptoms (including chest pain, fatigue, dizziness, headache, edema, back pain, shortness of breath, insomnia, abdominal pain, numbness, impotence, weight loss, cough, and constipation) a physical symptoms cause by mental illness.

Psychosomatic medicine:

Psychosomatic medicine is an interdisciplinary medical field exploring the relationships among social, psychological, and behavioral factors on bodily processes and quality of life in humans and animals.

Psychosomatic Therapy:

Psychosomatic Therapy complements a holistic approach to the prevention and management of human disease based on the bilateral relationship between the mind (psyche) and body (soma).
It involves the systematic analysis of the body’s physiology in terms of its shape, size and structure, which have been determined by an individual’s genetics, environment and emotional state. Face and body analysis techniques enable practitioners to readily identify imbalances in the body, which provide an indication of the client’s repetitive emotional and cognitive behaviours.
All aspects of the physiology are assessed including biomechanical function, quality of muscular tissue, muscle-to-fat ratio, weight distribution, structural symmetry and the particulars of facial features.

How does Psychosomatic Therapy work?

Once areas of stress, tension and discomfort are apparent, the aim of the therapist is to restore mental, emotional and physical balance. A combination of techniques is applied including emotional-release bodywork, counselling, postural alignment, breathing techniques and detailed body-mind analysis and reporting. The practitioner explores the mental, emotional, physical and biological aspects of clients’ overall health and provides them with detailed assessments with practical exercises so they can understand and participate in their own healing process.

What are the benefits of Psychosomatic Therapy?

Psychosomatic Therapy offers holistic healing benefits to clients as it addresses the emotional and physical factors that contribute to overall health and happiness. Clients may include individuals who are experiencing physical ailments, emotional issues or postural problems. Psychosomatics empowers individuals with a deeper understanding of their innate tendencies and the subtle but powerful changes required to achieve greater satisfaction in all aspects of life, including their relationships, occupation and health.