Finding Coherence in the Body – Working Deeply in the Stress Organs and Nervous System to Release Undischarged Traumatic Survival Stress to Ease Self-Protective, Bracing Patterns & Symptoms – Anxiety, Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain.

November 13, 2019

“We need to come home to the temple of our senses. Our bodies know that they belong… it is our minds that make us homeless.” ~ John O’Donohue

Our body is always searching for health and coherence – when our breath flows easily, our energy moves freely, there’s less self-protective bracing in our muscles – and a feeling of vibrant aliveness and ease happening within us.

Old trauma and familiar stress patterns – often out of our awareness – can make us feel shut down, numb or overwhelmed. Everything changes when you can be with unresolved or challenging emotions and sensations.

This work happens deeply in your body – using a whole body, somatic, approach and a combination of talk, trauma touch bodywork and movement – to transform survival stress patterns and self-protective strategies living in your body and brain. You will experience more ease and expansiveness in your experience of life—for yourself, in your body, and in connection with your family and community—to be with what you’re experiencing.

Unresolved hidden trauma may be affecting your emotional and physical health. If we’ve experienced in-utero and early developmental trauma, a c-section birth, early surgery, emotional neglect, inherited family trauma, accidents, falls, poverty and trauma that may have happened in the first 6 years of your life.

Trauma often runs in families and you may or may not be aware of what has been passed along to you and how it’s affecting you. When symptoms of all kinds show up in our lives, we often treat them and try to ease what we’re struggling with.

Our trauma and stress patterns begin when we are an infant – if our adult caregivers don’t teach us how to regulate the stressors we feel from the external world and the internal environment of their bodily sensations, which are all new to us.

If we are ignored or left alone in a crib to cry it out – patterns of poor health and nervous system dysregulation can begin. Usually, this happens because our parent doesn’t understand that infants are unable to regulate their nervous system on their own. A stressed out infant may be in fight/flight mode because the parent themselves doesn’t have their own healthy physiological regulation online to handle the stress in a calm manner.

When we don’t learn how to come out of this fight/flight survival response, the survival response is to freeze or shut down. While being shut down keeps us from feeling distress, it also ingrains a deep pattern in the nervous system – that the best thing to do in times of stress is to shut down.

This pattern may still be happening for you in your life now.

This constant fight, flight survival energy, followed by shutdown means the body will become proficient at pumping out the stress chemical cortisol. Too much cortisol wreaks havoc on the body’s cells and organs. It weakens the immune system, promotes inflammation and is toxic to the brain.

This cycle of high stress, shutdown, and secretion of excess stress chemicals puts a strain on us and sets us up for chronic emotional conditions, chronic pain and chronic illnesses that can be difficult to treat later in life.

We also want to pay attention to chronic bracing patterns – unconscious holding in or holding back patterns, feelings and emotions that may feel difficult or chaotic. Being with your feelings in new ways – no longer suppressing them – and allowing feelings and sensations to move through the body. Past circumstances can stay living in your body and pain signals can shift over time.

Certain places in our body may grip and hold on from the inside – as a way of stopping things from happening or being felt in the body. The body becomes stuck in the grip of traumatic stress – holding back your experience. Self-protective strategies must be witnessed, attuned to and allowed to move through and be released in the body. Titrating our experience by clamping down and working from the periphery to the core. We begin working with the diaphragms, joints and stress organs in the body – to attune to self-protective responses that need to be completed.

We work at the level of the stress organs – to help heal adrenal fatigue and chronic health conditions. Nervous system regulation work helps change our internal responses to internal and external stressors. Trauma touch somatic bodywork was created out of a need to help people who were not getting better with general bodywork, Somatic Experiencing and/or somatic-based practices.

Untreated trauma from infancy, childhood, and even in utero and past generations causes the nervous system’s fight, flight, and freeze responses to be on high alert, along with our physiological make-up that acts of it the system is still living in a threatening and scary environment.

The system then responds and defends itself to this perceived lack of safety through its stress organs. The body’s physiology is continually trying to protect itself from dangerous circumstances, even if they happened long ago – and you don’t even know about them.

This survival energy impacts the stress organs: the kidneys, adrenals, gut and brainstem. Working with the stress organs – the kidney and adrenal glands – because chronic stress and early trauma lives on in our bodies – and gets coded in our tissues.

Track your symptoms and stress physiology and get to the roots of what is troubling you with somatic practice and trauma touch intentional practices to directly work with trapped survival stress physiology that responds in times of stress.

This work is gentle, subtle and moves at a pace that is right for you – so you must keep going – healing takes time. A combination of one-on-one somatic healing practice and trauma bodywork – changes the way your nervous system works over time.

Get rid of old, toxic trauma waste out of your nervous system through the process of trauma resolution, learn the language of the nervous system and become committed to resolving trauma in your body, your history and in your life.

When you can release energy that’s being stored up in your body — in your cells, blood vessels, immune system, endocrine system, muscular system, digestive system, brain and brain signalling pathways, and all the other systems that bear the burden of stored up traumatic and toxic stress, you will begin to feel a lot lighter.

  • You feel more ease – less anxiety and depression – in your body and mind.
  • You’ll relate to your partner, family and spouse in a way that is full and deep.
  • You sleep more soundly.
  • You think with greater clarity.
  • Your immune system functions better and you recover faster from exercise, colds and flu.
  • You will feel less confusion.
  • Uncomfortable body sensations become your ally, rather than your pain.
  • You will experience less pain and chronic symptoms.

I am passionate about offering somatic interventions for anxiety, trauma, depression, relationship concerns, chronic health conditions and chronic pain – working specifically with each person in the areas of nervous system regulation, resilience and the impact of traumatic stress on our bodies.

We begin by setting an intention for ease in your nervous system – and get to the roots of what’s happening in your body, mind and health – your body wants to heal itself.

Let’s talk about your experience and how I can support you – and I will answer any questions you may have about working together.

I look forward to being with you.

with love from my heart, Kim xoxoxo
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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 protected]

3-Month Online Offering Cultivate Your Somatic Aliveness – access deeply held emotional, physical and relational concerns and focus deeply on you 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 – [email protected] 

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 – [email protected] /

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 Somatic Resilience & Regulation – 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. 

Get in touch to learn more about Family Systems Imprint Sessions & Individual Body-Focused Therapy Sessions, and Somatic 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:   [email protected]

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Creating Well-Being Through Nervous System Regulation.
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Easing the Body ~ Calming the Mind ~ Opening the Heart.
Somatic Experiencing ~ Somatic Practices ~ Trauma Touch ~ Movement Practices ~ Whole Body Systems Approach for Healing Inflammation.

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 – [email protected]

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. / [email protected]

Working deeply at the roots in the body – within the nervous system and stress organs – to cultivate and sustain embodied health and well-being for everyone who chooses to take part.

Talk. Touch. Move.

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