Restoring Balance in Your Nervous System – Unwinding Hidden Trauma Physiology – Tracking Sensations, Feelings & Stubborn Symptoms – Freeing Up New Energy in Your Body.

May 8, 2019

Don’t always follow the rules prescribed to you – develop deep body-focused wisdom, so you can learn about and follow what feels best and right for you.

Have you or someone you care about been struggling with mysterious or stubborn symptoms or feelings that don’t seem to resolve without medication, after visiting your health care provider? Our primary health care system is not poised to recognize the symptoms of hidden trauma and are not able to work deeply with you at the level of the nervous system to heal, process and resolve trauma in our systems.

This is why it’s so important to learn about and share information with friends and loved ones – because Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Trauma Touch work – works deeply at the level of the nervous system to heal stubborn symptoms for lasting results that evade traditional treatment – without drugs or medication.

Physical and emotional health exists when our nervous system is in balance. When you’ve been struggling with ongoing health symptoms or chronic emotional patterns, I can help. I support you to bring balance into your nervous system – for those whose systems may be stuck in overwhelm or shut down.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-focused therapeutic approach is about finding balance and creating dynamic tension in your body and nervous system. You will learn about your own body and learn about symptoms of undischarged traumatic stress, your window of tolerance, what a healthy nervous system feels like and how it feels when it is balanced – and you are available for connection and your nervous system activation is low.

I help people learn the language of their unconscious minds and bodies. Then we can work effectively with the body, to reduce or eliminate the symptoms. 

I believe that it’s essential to include the body’s feelings and reactions in therapy. Why is that? Because that’s the primary place where the trauma lives.  That’s why it is almost impossible to “think” trauma away. The body’s survival responses are much more powerful than the thought process. 

My clients and I often find that anxious or depressed thoughts, and other symptoms, are part of an incomplete stress response. These stress responses get stuck in the nervous system (or other places in the body). The thoughts may then also make the stress response worse. In my experience, our bodies are also involved with most other symptoms that bring people into therapy.  I have found that a calm, well-regulated nervous system does not tend to produce problems in mood or behaviour.

Our physical bodies contain incredibly powerful energy. For some people, it’s nearly explosive. We are talking about survival energy here, and that is our most potent. Due to the profound impact of these survival states, and how tricky it can be to unwind them, an experienced practitioner is needed to help create or restore a good state of nervous system regulation in the mind, body and spirit.  

Everything that we experience in life is reflected in our bodies. Our emotions and feelings are directly connected to our body parts and the history of these experiences shape and define our posture and form. We all have unconscious physical muscular patterns in our bodies, which are the representation of unresolved emotional experiences. By connecting these patterns consciously through somatic attunement and movement, and learning to complete the natural emotional response, we can release these unconscious patterns in our bodies.

By inhabiting your body, you can recover the internal sources of strength and enjoyment that trauma may have injured within you. You can invite in feelings of safety and feel open to life, becoming curious about your trauma physiology and become more receptive.

With a somatic approach, you can become more present and receptive, regain a sense of agency (knowing what we want to do and when we want to do it – where we’ve experienced being overpowered), restore resilience, develop self-love, and ground deeply into our foundation of being.

We can free our constricted sensory experience, that has been forming a protective barrier between ourselves and the world around us, increase our sensory experience, expand our perception and create a new way of being in our bodies, relationships and in the world.

Our energy gets blocked due to trauma that we may not be aware of in our lives. Trauma blocks the flow of energy in our bodies and can result in many health-related symptoms including: chronic anxiety, depression, eating disorders, chronic anger responses, autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel symdrome, migraine headaches, exhaustion, chronic pain and illness in the body.

When is the last time you thought about how safe and supported you feel inside of yourself. Trauma can take feelings of groundedness and safety from us and we develop coping mechanisms to keep difficult feelings at bay. We can bring ease in to your system and resolve difficult feelings, symptoms and emotions over time.

I’m curious about how your nervous system has been thwarted – and how best to restore equilibrium back to your system – your nervous system can be restored and wants to heal itself.

This work helps to restore core regulation – your symptoms are a natural response to a dysregulated system.

Together, we work deeply in your nervous system to uncover and resolve:

1) How your family of origin attachment patterns effect your nervous system
2) How your trauma physiology processes survival threat in your nervous system
3) How your nervous system processes sensory information in your body

Learn how to identify sensations and feelings in your body – and allow feelings of safety and support to run freely through your nervous system.

With support, your nervous system will complete the steps of trauma resolution including:

1) Nervous system arousal – a survival threat response to stimuli
2) Noticing threat – knowing when we’re safe and when we’re not
3) Mobilizing a response aligned to the presented threat
4) Restoring coherence in your system – notice that you’ve survived and the threat is over
5) Processing sensation in your nervous system – and inviting rest & digestion
6) Noticing something new in your environment – open space for new energy to flow

Increase the state of flowing energy in your body – and find relief from chronic anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, disordered eating, relational struggles, chronic health concerns, chronic pain or illness.

Life is full of challenges – including stubborn health symptoms that evade resolution andd treatment and chronic emotional responses that keep us from living fully and feeling deeply alive.

I can help you learn about and track symptoms in your body and nervous system – as well as how hidden trauma and your relational history may be contributing to current struggles, feelings and chronic symptoms, so you can live a more balanced and joyful life.

We heal in relationship – when we bring our struggles into the light – your willingness to be vulnerable is a sign of strength.

Get in touch with the gifts of inhabiting your body – and learn more about working together. I will invite you into feelings of safety, groundedness, clarity and support – I look forward to learning about you.

with love from my heart, Kim xoxoxo
hello@kimcochrane.ca / www.kimcochrane.ca

Deep healing at the level of the nervous system enables you to explore and expand your inner landscape where self – confidence and inner agency reside. When you heal your nervous system, you can more readily access deeper ways of knowing and being that include intuition, imagination, sensuality, and the subtle body of emotions. Get in touch to learn more about working with me – hello@kimcochrane.ca

NEW Offering Somatic Aliveness – Cultivating Embodied Well-Being – a 3-Month Online Program – access deeply held emotional, physical and relational concerns and focus on what you are hoping for during this program. Starting with a one-hour introductory session, then a 1.5 hour family systems trauma session – to access and heal the roots of inherited family trauma that you are carrying with you and how it affects your health, relationships and work in the present day – then an additional 6 online sessions to help you access deeply held body holding patterns, somatic trauma and emotional patterns and integrating unconscious blocks to help you access your internal, somatic freedom. A total of 6 one-hour sessions, on Skype or Zoom, one 1.5 hour family trauma healing session, and homework to help access internal transformation from anxiety, depression, panic, trauma, stress, eating disorders, relational struggles, chronic illness or health concerns – get in touch to learn more – hello@kimcochrane.ca 

Other Offerings – Family Systems Imprint – 90-minute Session – an in-person or virtual online Zoom session – an opportunity to get to the roots of intergenerational trauma patterns & begin a path towards relational & relationship healing.  Uncover your family dynamics and trauma history – this is an opportunity to strengthen your internal relationship with your mother, father and extended family – in ways that contribute to healing – get in touch to schedule an online or in-person session – hello@kimcochrane.ca / www.kimcochrane.ca

Sessions for Individuals & Couples
an invitation for you – to feel present in your body, to unwind patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, hopelessness, chronic stress & pain, trauma, regulate your nervous system, to cultivate trust in your moment-to-moment experience, your naturally wise heart, and your capacity to connect to yourself, those you love and the love that surrounds us.

Somatic Body Learning & Practice and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Touch sessions are available for you now. Waking you up to the innate wisdom of your body, healing inherited trauma patterns, feeling yourself below the level of thought, and accessing your full beingness in flowing, fluid motion. 

When we can feel ourselves, we are able to detect and understand the sensations and emotions our bodies signal to us – and we can connect with ourselves and others from a place of felt honesty and sensitivity, set better boundaries, and make clearer decisions about our interactions.

I’d love to get to know you – to focus on your body, your mind, your symptoms and the courage it takes to move through shame and fear – along with the interconnection of your body, mind and emotions.

Get in touch to learn more about Family Systems Imprint Sessions & Individual Body-Focused Therapy Sessions, and Trauma Touch work in The Somatic Sanctuary – The Anxiety, Stress & Trauma Restorative Clinic – in-person, online or a mix of the two – and to set up a time to work together:   hello@kimcochrane.ca

The Anxiety, Stress & Trauma Restorative Clinic:
Creating Well-Being Through Nervous System Regulation.
Heal Relational Trauma – Break the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma.
Nurturing Connection, Restoration & Building Resilience.

Easing the Body ~ Calming the Mind ~ Opening the Heart.
Somatic Experiencing ~ Somatic Practices ~ Trauma Touch ~ Movement.

Virtual, online sessions are available for those who travel regularly, have a busy schedule, live far away from the office, or prefer to work from your own home – hello@kimcochrane.ca

Working together enables everyone who is willing to do the work an opportunity to decrease feelings of anxiety, pain, depression, 
chronic stress, pain or illness – as well decrease the chatter in the
mind, and ground your mind and body with the depth of the intelligence found in the body. Experience lasting somatic transformation and feelings of calm, peace and wholeness – within your own body and within your relationships.

Promise to stay wild with me.
We’ll seek and return and stay
and find beauty and the extraordinary
in all the spaces we can claim.
We’ll know how to live.
How to breathe magic into the mundane.
~ Victoria Erickson

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