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The term somatic (from the Greek σωματικός) means 'of the body'—relating to the body[1] distinct from the mind, soul, or spirit. [2] In medicine, somatic illness is bodily, not mental, illness.[citation needed]

In biology, it has a host of meanings; see somatic (biology) for details.

In human movement, a somatic technique or practice is one which emphasizes an individual's proprioceptive sensations, rather than the audience's perception. Examples include contact improvisation, Alexander technique, and yoga.[3]

It may also mean:

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  1. ^ "Somatic", def. 1. Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0) © Oxford University Press 2009
  2. ^ Online Etymological Dictionary
  3. ^ Eddy, Martha (June 2009). "A brief history of somatic practices and dance: historical development of the field of somatic education and its relationship to dance". Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (Intellect Ltd) 1 (1): 5–27. doi:10.1386/jdsp.1.1.5/1. Retrieved 30 October 2014.