Feeling Overwhelmed, Numb or Shutdown – Cultivating Safety in Your Body During Times of Threat – Your Anger, Fear, Stress, Pain, Anxiety & Exhaustion are Trying to Help You – Going Inside & Moving Survival Energy and Feelings Through the Body.
Sometimes I wake up & have to remind myself: “There is nothing wrong with me. I have patterns to unlearn, new behaviors to embody and wounds to heal. But there is nothing wrong with the core of me and who I am. I am unlearning generations of harm and remembering love. It takes time.” ~ Yolo Akili
Right now, I know coping with life can be difficult.
Now is not the time to ignore yourself – your body and your feelings.
I want to support you to pay specific attention to what you are thinking and what you are feeling in your body right now.
Most of us hold trauma in our bodies, even if we don’t realize it. Luckily, the body has it’s own organic intelligence and knows how to unwind that trauma once the nervous system is healthy. That is the main purpose of Somatic Experiencing (SE) ~ to help your nervous system remember how to regulate itself so that you can live life in a more balanced and alive way.
There are no quick fixes to healing trauma, developmental trauma or post-traumatic stress – we must go slowly, work carefully and work specifically in ways that are helpful for you. Within our current circumstances, we may feel triggered and in emotional or physical pain that won’t ease in any lasting way.
When we experience overwhelming emotions, uncomfortable physical symptoms and when life feels like it is too much, old trauma that may be hidden to us, may rise to the surface, and can be difficult to understand and process.
During this time, many of us can develop a wide range of troubling and confusing feelings and/or symptoms. I support you in listening to and understanding your body, and helping your nervous system move into more regulation, more often. Together we will connect to your body’s inner wisdom and release trapped survival energy so you can connect more fully with your loved ones, feel more resilient emotions, let go of your physical pain, and to feel more grounded and safe.
During difficult circumstances, it is very important to create space for yourself and work deeply in the body – to find support, safety and ground in the body and allow unmet developmental needs to slowly begin to be met. When we do this, we can access the root cause of our stress response and how it manifests in the body.
Difficult times can be even more challenging for those struggling with eating disorders, addictive behaviours, feelings of numbness or shutdown, anger and lashing out, intense feelings of fear, anxiety or panic, and chaotic or fuzzy feelings in the mind and body. I can help.
For lasting healing, change must happen in your body, as well as your mind. Body-focused attention and the act of tending to your own body is like taking care of a plant that needs water, light, and warmth in order to fully flourish. By focusing on what deeply matters to you, you begin to feel lighter, stronger and more resilient.
-Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
-Chronic Emotional Concerns such as: Anxiety, Depression and Panic
-Chronic Stress and Tension
-Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
-Digestive Concerns and Disorders
-Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
-Chronic Fatigue and Sleeplessness
Every day your body endures stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort our system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the autonomic nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
– Interlace your hands behind your head and rest them on the curved part at the back of your head. Allow your eyes to move to the right and focus on something there for 3 or 4 minutes – set a timer – then allow your eyes to move to the left and focus on something there for 3 or 4 minutes – set a timer – notice how you feel. Rest.
– Breathe from your diaphragm. This stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system because it slows down your breathing. If you put your hand on your stomach and it rises up and down slightly as you breathe, you know you’re diaphragm breathing. (This is why it’s sometimes called abdominal breathing.)
Even if you are self-isolating at home, you don’t have to go it alone. Allow yourself to be supported at this time. I’m here with you.
Get in touch – and let’s talk about your experience now and how I can support you – and I will answer any questions you may have about working together.
with love from my heart, Kim xoxoxo
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.kimcochrane.ca
Whole Body Health & Well-Being from the Inside Out.
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 – email@example.com
What to Expect During a Session
For true emotional and physical healing, I know that we can’t leave our body and how it feels and responds, out of the process. Each person needs something very specific in their healing journey, which is why it is so important to have a customized approach with sessions that are specifically tailored for you – a combination of emotionally-focused psychotherapy and body-focused Co-Regulating Touch work for trauma.
Get in touch to learn more about Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma, Family Systems Imprint Sessions & Individual Body-Focused Therapy Sessions – The Anxiety, Stress & Trauma Restorative Clinic – in-person, online or a mix of one or more of these sessions – and to set up a time to work together: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ~ Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma ~ Movement Practices ~ Whole Body Systems Approach for Healing Inflammation.
Somatic work can be done effectively online, as well as in person – 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 – email@example.com