The term ‘somatics’ derives from the Greek word somatikos, which signifies the living, aware, bodily person. It posits that neither mind nor body is separate from the other; both being a part of a living process called the soma.
The soma is often referred to as the living body in its wholeness; somatics, then is the art and science of the soma*.
‘A speculation is a conversation in which the participants create new possibilities for future action, and set a context in which those actions make sense.’ Speculative conversations relate to what could exist or might be done in the future. The key questions to be asked are ‘What is it possible to do?’ ‘What future would we like to create?’ or ‘What new can we achieve or create?’**
*Richard Strozzi-Heckler, The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2014).
**Peter J. Denning and Robert Dunham, The Innovator’s Way (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010).