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Somatic Vocabulary

In therapy, and perhaps even more so in trauma therapy, the body is just as important as the mind. Just as we seek to understand our emotions, it's important to be able to identify physical sensations. We need vocabulary to do this. Learning both emotions and sensations can feel like learning a new language. In this post, I want to provide you with a list of somatic vocabulary to help you identify what you are experiencing.

Achy

Dizzy

Jumpy

Spinning

Bloated

Dull

Light

Strong

Blocked

Electric

Nauseous

Suffocating

Breathless

Energized

Numb

Sweaty

Bubbly

Expansive

Pounding

Tense

Buzzy

Flushed

Pressure

Thick

Chills

Flutter

Prickly

Throbbing

Clammy

Frantic

Puffy

Tight

Cold

Frozen

Radiating

Tingly

Congested

Fuzzy

Shaky

Trembling

Constricted

Heavy

Sharp

Warm

Dense

Itchy

Smooth

Watery

Try taking a moment to check in with your body. Notice what sensations you feel and see if you can label those sensations.

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