Roots of South Los Angeles
Wellness Center
September 2020

Centering Black, Indigenous and People of Color
Wellness & Mental Health
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BIPOC Somatic Healing; How Historical and Recent Traumas Impact our Bodies and Ways to Reclaim Our Healing
Headaches, nausea, body aches, increased heart rates, etc.* are just some ways our body responds to perceived and real stress and/or danger. Many therapists are now using what is called Somatic Therapy (Soma meaning "body") to help those with anxiety, particularly those that suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, to manage their symptoms. Although considered an "alternative" therapy in the Western Mental Health system, for traditional healers, incorporating the body is an ancestral approach to healing.
*if these symptoms are consistent and intensify over time, please consult with your primary health care provider to screen for underlying health conditions and receive additional support if needed.

Ancestral knowledge has taught us that the Mind-Body-Connection cannot be separated and therefore, one area will always affect the others. For many of us, the events of this year in particular have possibly activated DNA that carries thousands of years of ancestral traumas, which is why our bodies literally feel like they are in constant discomfort and pain.

In addition, because we live within a colonized health care system that centers individualism over collectivism, even Western Somatic work (like other approaches to healing) many times only concentrates on the needs of the individual body and not the needs of the community body. 

Writer and Social Worker, Kai Cheng Thom writes: "Colonial somatics & psychotherapies teach that the body must relearn to perceive safety. But the bodies of the oppressed are rightly interpreting danger. Our triggers & explosive rage, our dissociation & perfect submission are in fact skills that have kept us alive. The somatics of social justice cannot (I believe) be a somatics rooted in the colonial frameworks of psychology, psychiatry, or other models linked to the dominance of the nation-state... & above all, we must not overemphasize the importance of individual work (which is important indeed) to the detriment of a somatics that also prepares us, essentially, for war. Somatics that allow us to organize together. Fight together. Live together. Love each other."

So how do we begin healing our Soma (our bodies), without assimilating (self-regulating/adapting) to the very real threats and dangers BIPOC are exposed to on a daily basis? How do we simultaneously center our individual bodies, while also centering our communities, so that we can truly create safety, not just on a personal level but on a systemic level?

Individual Somatic Work
  • Breathwork
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Herbal Baths*
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Crying
  • Rage as Medicine*

Community Somatic Work
  • Don't call the Police*
  • Talk to your neighbors/get to know them
  • Mutual Aid
  • Bartering Services
  • Organize/Protest
  • Fight Gentrification
  • Support & Protect BIPOC Small Businesses/Street Vendors in your community
  • Support & Protect BIPOC Womxn/Femmes/Trans & Non-Binary folx in your community
  • Protect BIPOC children at all costs
                                                    *see links below for more info.

Let's continue healing, fighting, resting, liberating and loving each other through it all. 

In community and solidarity, 
Roots of South LA Wellness Center

Herbal Bath

Rage as Medicine

Alternatives to Calling the Police

Upcoming Events


VIRTUAL Womxn of Color Healing Circle

Saturday, 9/26/2020
10am PST

Join us for a VIRTUAL Womxn of Color Healing Circle, Saturday, September 26th; 10am to 11:30am PST.⠀⠀

This monthly VIRTUAL gathering is intended to support Womxn Of Color during these trying times. Join us as we hold a heart space to share our thoughts, emotions & medicines as we move through this heaviness. This is our offering to all WOC who are in need of community & healing. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
Facilitated by: ⠀
Co-founders of Roots of South Los Angeles Wellness Center, Liliana V. Muñoz, LCSW and Adriana L. Medrano, PhD.⠀

Register Here

Check our website, IG and FB pages for additional updates!


Healing For The Holidays Fundraising Event


Saturday & Sunday, November 7th & 8th 

Virtual Workshops 10am - 3pm

Virtual Marketplace 12pm - 1pm 

We invite you to be in virtual community as we prepare to welcome a New Year.  2020 has been such a heavy year, full of grief, loss and uncertainty.  Our hope is for you to join us as we engage in much needed space and discussions centering BIPOC wellness.  May we lift each other up as we prepare to receive 2021.  


Suggested Donation: $5-$15 (No one will be turned away for lack of funds) 

Tickets & Schedule of Workshops: Coming soon! Follow us on IG or FB for updates and make sure to sign up on our website (link below) to be the first to receive info on our upcoming events! 

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