Somatic Bodywork is a modern approach to well-being that uses touch, movement, awareness of breath, relaxation techniques and full body holding to help create a safe container for the receiver to relax more deeply and to stimulate the natural regenerative powers of the body allowing symptoms of disease to possibly lessen and vitality to grow.

In the spirit of the Zen Shiatsu pioneer, Shizuto Masunaga, who has inspired Somatic Bodywork, the practitioner is dedicated to “BEING WITH a person rather than doing something to a person”. All of the techniques and forms applied in a session arise from a place of the practitioner listening and responding to what is happening in the body and breath of the receiver. In essence, Somatic Bodyworkers listen with their hands and hearts and respond from a place of openness and good practice.

A dedicated Somatic Bodywork session is generally from 60 - 90 minutes in length. Both practitioner and receiver wear loose, comfortable clothing and the practice is given on a large futon or soft floor space with cushions and a blanket. The receiver may feel grounding contact, full body stretches and joint mobility, acupressure point activation, myo-fasical unwinding and release, energy body balancing, holding of the cranium to listen to the fluid aspects of the body and other simple massage methods.

Many yoga teachers, physiotherapists, psychotherapists and people in movement, healing, artistic and educational professions are finding ways to utilize the Somatic Bodywork approach within their own modalities in unique and creative ways.

Somatic Bodywork has been developed by Ateeka from her 20+ years of experience in the movement and healing arts. This approach has been influenced from various healing and movement modalities such as Zen Shiatsu, Biodynamic Craniosacral, Tantsu (Tantric Shiatsu), Watsu, Thai Massage, Myofascial Release & Unwinding, Continuum Movement, Contact Improv, Somatic studies, Yoga and mindfulness meditation.

Each of the training modules has 5 aspects:

1. Technique: A complete study and practice of somatic presence, full body holding, cradling, transitions, contact techniques, meridians, acupressure points, sound and energetic work used in a Somatic Bodywork Professional session.

2. Somatic Education: Techniques to recognize repetitive movement, breath, thought and behavioral patterns in your client during a Somatic Bodywork session and tools and home practice exercises to empower your clients healing process.

3. Integral Anatomy: Experiential study into the integrative functionality of human anatomy, especially anatomical systems and how they relate and support one another.

4. Mindfulness: Formal instruction in Mindfulness techniques will be taught and suggestions for developing a home practice will be introduced. By quieting the mind and opening to the present moment, a Somatic Bodywork session becomes a deep meditative and healing experience for both client and practitioner.

A mindful attention to "being with a person, rather than doing something to a person" through neutrality and presence, the practitioner welcomes a deeper connection and healing potential for each session.

5. Personal Development: By honestly coming in contact with one’s inner self, in all its bright and dark aspects, we become clearer and more neutral containers for our client’s healing process. This course offers many opportunities to dive deep into the shadows, discover and ultimately express your “inner gold” (ever-evolving life potential) through the process of giving and receiving Somatic Bodywork.

Somatic Bodywork Practitioner Training is an ideal continuation of professional skills for bodyworkers, massage therapists, Watsu practitioners, yoga teachers, movement specialists, dance/somatic practitioners, healthcare professionals, physiotherapists, personal coaches, psychologists, counselors, creative arts teachers. Somatic Bodywork is a meditative practice that enhances well-being, connection and awareness in a wide scope of fields.

This training is also open to those who are curious about movement, health, creativity and meditative presence for their own personal enrichment.

Somatic Bodywork Practitioner Training is facilitated by SOMATIC AWARENESS INSTITUTE, The institute offers a multi-dimensional terrestrial and aquatic bodywork instruction dedicated to the training of YogaSomatics and Somatic Bodywork Practitioners, focusing on somatic education. The classes of Somatic Awareness Institute are taught by institute director, ATEEKA, and an international team of guest teachers as a way to expand somatic movement, education and the awareness of Somatics worldwide.

Modules and Additional Requirements

Module dates

Module 1: May 31 - June 2 2019
Module 2: September 6 - September 8 2019
Module 3: October 11 - October 13 2019
Module 4: November 29 - December 1 2019
Module 5: January 24 - January 26 2020
Module 6: June 19 - June 21 2020
Module 7: September 18 - September 20 2020
Module 8: October 23 - October 25 2020
Module 9: November 10 - November 15 2020 (in Tuscany)

Friday 13-19
Saturday 13-19
Sunday 10-15

Additional requirements to complete the training

To fulfill training program requirements, students must:

Complete 45 hours of elective workshops from the options below by November 1 2021
  • Residential Retreat (Sardegna or elsewhere) with Ateeka & Ola – 30 hours
  • Conscious Touch Workshop with Ateeka – 15 hours
  • Essential Oils for Yoga and Healing with Ateeka - 15 hours
  • Restorative Yoga Training with Ateeka – 30 hours
  • Aquatic Yoga Workshop with Ateeka – 15 - 25 hours
  • Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop with Ola Borud– 15 hours
  • Tantra for Women with Ateeka - 15 or 30 hours

The dates of these various courses will be released over the year, and can be taken
when it is convenient for the student. Other eligible elective modules with Ateeka or
other teachers may be announced.
Price of elective courses is not included in the training tuition price.
Elective courses may be taken at anytime during or after the Somatic Bodywork Training
course up until November 1 2021.
Formative hour credit will be given to students who have already completed any of these
electives prior to beginning the Somatic Bodywork Practitioner Training.

Receive 5 Registered Somatic Bodywork Sessions
Students must receive 5 Registered Somatic Bodywork Sessions from a Somatic Bodywork Practitioner. At least 2 of these sessions must be with Ateeka.
Valid for 15 credit hours

A list of Authorized Somatic Bodywork practitioners and registered session therapists will
be provided upon entrance into training.
Individual Session fees are not included in the training price. Individual session fees
will be paid directly to the practitioner from whom you receive.
Individual sessions must be completed by November 1 2021.

Give 20 Somatic Bodywork Practice Sessions
Students must give 20 Somatic Bodywork Practice Sessionsand complete feedback form and
mentoring session from each session.
Valid for 40 credit hours

Mentoring feedback by video conference is included in the formation price. After every
5 session reports submitted, you will schedule a 30 minute online mentoring session with
Ateeka to discuss the reports. The online mentoring meetings are included in your tuition
Practice sessions will be required to be given throughout the course duration and with
specific themes and completion dates specified upon entrance into the training.

Somatic Bodywork Pricing and Application

Full Price: 24.500 dkk
Pre-payment discount: 22.500 DKK (discount 2000 DKK) when tuition is paid in full by 1
May 2019.
Upon acceptance into the course, student will receive an invoice of 5000 dkk (nonrefundable
deposit). These invoices will be sent from January 2019. Payment of nonrefundable
deposit reserves your space in the course. Balance due of 17,500 dkk is due
by 1 May, 2019.

Payment plan of 24.500 DKK:
The payment plan would have 3 rates of 6500 dkk and the last one is to be payed no later
than July 1 2019. In order to qualify for the payment plan there is a non refundable
deposit of 5000 DKK. Invoice will go out from January 2019

Tuition includes all instruction in Modules 1 – 9 and personalized mentoring process
with Ateeka (email/video conference over the course of the training), printed and digital
(video, mp3) reference materials.

The price of this training does not include travel, accommodation or meal expenses.

Apply for Somatic Bodywork Practitioner Training

In order to reserve your space in this training:
1. Submit application form for acceptance into course. Please apply for course on this

Digital Application Form

2. Once officially accepted, you will be contacted by Yoga Collective to secure your space
by paying the non-refundable deposit and further information.

Other information

Equipment needed

It is required that course participants bring their own zafu (meditation cushion) and if possible double or single futon, or equivalent mattress. Yoga Collective sell wool yoga mats that can be used for this purpose as well.

Cancellation Policy

If in any case, a participant elects at any point to withdraw from the course or is unable to
participate in any given module through the duration of the training, no refunds will be
made. In most cases, student are given options for fulfilling the module requirements in
another location at a later date at their own travel expense.

Venue and Contact

For specific questions about the course content:

Any question about payment or practical questions regarding the course, please contact
Course Organizers Yoga Collective via email to

The venue for Somatic Bodywork Practitioners Training is Yoga Collective, located in the charming city center of Aarhus - Jægergårdsgade 14, 2.sal, 8000 Aarhus DK

More information and full module description

For more information about the training see the full PDF description