#1 international bestseller

“Inspiring, refreshing and practical – a delightfully lucid guide to healing yourself.”

BESSEL VAN DER KOLK, MD., New York Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score

Regulate your nervous system, heal your body, free your mind

This book is your very own actionable, practical + manual to healing yourself.

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From two mind-body practitioners comes the new essential self-healing bible:

A revolutionary body-first guide to reducing stress, resolving chronic pain and illness, and healing from trauma for good using your body’s own nervous system.

Your autonomic nervous system is responsible for the constant but mostly subconscious communication between your brain and body. 

When you experience stress, anxiety, or trauma, your nervous system formulates responses to keep you alive. But you can also become trapped in survival mode if you’re consistently exposed to unsafe environments, toxic relationships, or destructive thought patterns. When this happens it’s known as nervous system dysregulation or sensitization, which can result in chronic mental and physical disorders and confusion, leaving you unable to cope with life’s strains and stresses.

Mind-body practitioners Jen Mann and Karden Rabin, co-founders of Somia now provide the first in-depth look at nervous system regulation, somatic therapy, Polyvagal theory, the vagus nerve, and the mind-body connection.

Combining science-backed insights and hands-on techniques, The Secret Language of the Body teaches you how to move out of survival mode, regulate your nervous system, and heal your mind and body. 

Karden and Jen don’t teach stress management, but something far more powerful–how to control your body’s nervous system. 

With this revolutionary book, you will learn to skillfully speak the language of your body and heal yourself. 


“The Secret language of the Body is a delightfully lucid guide to get in touch with your self- your body – the organism you inhabit. Many mental and physical problems have their roots in habitual patterns of dealing with stressors. These originally helped you to cope and survive, but in the long range often start working against you. Jen and Karden gently and beautifully invite us to experience our selves– our bodies, minds, sensations and emotions, to befriend and care for the creatures that we are.”

-Bessel Van der Kolk MD., New York Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score

 ‘A tactical and practical action guide to nervous system regulation and self healing. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to help you reconnect with your body’s miraculous ability to heal itself.’

-Dr. Perry Nickelston, DC, Owner Stop Chasing Pain

‘The connection between trauma and illness is complex and poorly understood. Many people see a doctor for chronic health problems, not understanding it is connected to internal mental and emotional pain. This book shares a simple approach to create healing breakthroughs by reinventing the neurology of your mind and physiology of your body.’

-Joshua Rosenthal, Founder Institute for Integrative Nutrition

“The Secret Language of the Body is just that, secret, until we learn its language, and this book is our translator. Jen and Karden have connected mind and body in a new dialect, bringing you from disparate parts into a highly functioning whole. A must-read for anyone seeking profound and impactful self-healing.

-Dr. Russell Kennedy, The Anxiety MD clinical neuroscientist, bestselling author of Anxiety Rx, and the MBRX program

‘The Secret Language of the Body is a beacon of hope, illuminating the path to a more integrated, vibrant self. It’s a must-read for those passionate about unlocking the body’s profound capacity for renewal and transformation.’

— Dr. Scott Lyons, Holistic Psychologist, Founder of The Embody Lab

Readers can learn the “secret language of the body” to heal depression, insomnia, and other ailments, according to this insightful debut guide. Functional movement therapist Mann and somatic experiencing practitioner Rabin describe the nervous system as a “foreign country” that responds to daily stressors (paying bills, sending an difficult email) with stress-inducing survival responses. They suggest that readers better “converse” with their nervous systems by noticing such stress symptoms as muscle tension and quelling them with “interruption techniques” (breathing exercises, intentionally smiling to “improve mood and mind state”). Eventually, readers can “redesign” their stress responses by using their impartial “observing self” to witness harmful thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in them. With plenty of theories and strategies on offer—for example, how to tend to the emotional wounds of one’s “inner child,” and how to tune into each of the five senses to switch from a stressed mind into a more embodied state of being—the authors provide a sturdy yet flexible framework for integrated mind-body healing. Those who feel “stressed, sick and stuck” would do well to check this out. (July)

Publishers Weekly, April 15, 2024