Tada Hozumi is a practitioner and steward of cultural somatics.
EXPLORING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN COLONIALISM AND LONELINESS
In this interview, somatic therapist Tada Hozumi shares their compassionate insight into the ways that trauma and attachment wounding lie at the root of colonialism and social justice work. Tada explores how
white people and people of color can be colonized by so-called “whiteness”
the trauma of colonial practices leads to rigid protective boundaries designed to keep other people out. It gets lonely behind those walls
the loss of original life-affirming culture that results from colonization leads to the vague, but pervasive feeling that “something vital and necessary is missing”
Tada guides us in an embodiment practice that supports connection, right relationship, and personal and cultural transformation
I’m based in both Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Canadian Pacific North West) and Kanien’kehá:ka (Montreal). I’m a gender-creative POC (Japanese). I am certified as an expressive arts therapist and I have also received teachings in dance movement therapy, qigong, somatic sex education, and authentic facilitation.
I understand my politicized healing work as cultural somatic therapy.
This is a concept that has been emerging out of my work over the last few years in order to articulate the inter-relatedness of personal and cultural healing.
The basis of cultural somatic therapy is that our culture has a soma (a body), along with an emergent nervous system that is formed by relationships between all of the individual nervous systems within it. Within this practice, oppressions, such as white supremacy and heterosexism, are understood to be expressions of trauma in the cultural soma. Just like our individual fleshy bodies, cultural bodies also become rigid, reactive and disembodied when they are traumatized. The hyper-vigilance and lack of empathy within our cultural institutions reflect this wounding.
The work of cultural somatic therapy is facilitating social change through conscious and holistic support for the cultural soma’s healing from oppression as trauma.
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