“Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.”
-Henry David Thoreau
I work individually with clients utilizing the Somatic Experiencing® approach. After years of teaching yoga and meditation, working as a massage and recreation therapist, I am currently pursuing a three year certification as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Weaving cutting edge trauma treatment into my work has been fascinating and rewarding.
For fourteen years I’ve been a guide. Supporting others to venture into the wilderness or abroad for a day, a week, a month, perhaps inspiring a lifetime of exploring. Five years ago, I began facilitating a very different kind of journey, one in which only subtle movement takes places. The kind of journey that is exceptionally personal with the potential for extraordinary healing, venturing into our own bodies. The language of the body, the felt sense (physical sensation) is vital to moving through the incomplete trauma response. Facilitated through a slow process called Somatic Experiencing, individuals consciously re-connect with the physical sensations of the body.
Through slowing and cultivating an awareness of our bodies we are capable of breaking through unconscious barriers to well- being. To experience the present moment non-judgmentally while connecting to our senses, results in powerful psychological and physiological shifts. These two historically separate academic fields are becoming increasingly connected through the study of neuroscience, biofeedback techniques and the benefits of mindfulness-based practices.
We build a foundation of knowledge and skills from which all future sessions rely upon. By gently guiding my clients to develop an increased tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions, this approach focuses on connecting into the felt senses and recognizing the powerful information rooted in the body. For in the action of attuning to our bodies we access both raw emotion and expansive peace.