2023 Somatic Movement Summit
Program & Replays
The Art of Peace: Transforming Your Emotional and Physical Pain Through Somatic Education, Body Awareness, and the Principles of Aikido
What is pain? Is it physical, emotional, or something completely different? Throughout his career, Richard E. Sims has helped many clients with their physical and emotional wounds and scars. In this experiential session, Richard guides participants through some of the newest approaches to working with acute and chronic pain — incorporating body and mind together in non-pharmaceutical, complimentary, and integrative ways that are designed to change the ways people experience their pain.
In this session, you’ll discover:
- A new understanding of pain
- What actually causes pain
- Body-mind approaches to use that can affect how you experience pain
Richard E. Sims MSME, MSMT, CTP
Richard Sims MSME/T, is a master somatic movement educator/therapist, mindfulness educator, somatic and body awareness educator, Aikido instructor, and certified trauma professional who specializes in the areas of stress, fear, anxiety, trauma, depression, pain, resilience, and empowerment.
Some organizations he brings his trauma-sensitive approach to include MenHealing (support for sexual abuse survivors) and the Cancer Wellness Center — where he helps patients, survivors, and caregivers through their cancer journeys. He is certified by the state of Illinois to work somatically with first responders, whose jobs often push their bodies and minds to their limits.
Rich has also served countless teens and adults who are looking for a body-mind approach to the many challenges they face. He's on the executive committee and board member with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) tirelessly working to promote the somatic profession, and its place in the whole person integrative health field.
He has a private practice and teaches online and in person around the Chicago area and abroad. He sees clients as a private provider, or as part of an integrative health team working in a complementary fashion with other mental and physical health practitioners.