What if your anxiety, overwhelm, somatic symptoms, depression, relationship breakdown, debilitating fatigue, migraines, feeling like one is living in a fog, unexpressed rage, helplessness could be calls for support and a way that our body calls to us in an unspoken voice. Your body needs time to come into greater awareness, as well as to go slowly to renegotiate trauma held in the body.
We will listen to what your stomach or throat or kidneys have to tell us. Or it could be the head, shoulders, hands and feet that want to communicate a story. We listen and follow the cues of what the body needs to complete its story.
I welcome the sounds that your body makes. One of the sounds your body makes during sessions is digestion – when digestion is available, it means the fight/flight/freeze response of our sympathetic nervous system is resting. The body feels safe and calm enough to digest. Feelings of anxiety are usually less pronounced as the nervous system regulates. By connecting with the gut, anxiety has a chance to express itself.
Touch Helps Us Connect – Even Your Own Self-Touch
Touch helps us establish and reinforce a safe connection with our bodies. Self-touch can also be very grounding and help us contain what we are experiencing. I will offer suggestions for how to incorporate self-touch and offer touch sessions myself when it is safe to do so.
When there are less obvious areas of pain, or when we feel “awful all over”, touching into small areas of our bodies is a way to move our attention away from distress. From a more settled and balanced place, we can then explore the areas that are painful.
We will cultivate an ongoing body-focused practice to build capacity in your nervous system to bear the unbearable – to something you object to or are rejecting in your life. Allowing small drops of suffering to come in to your experience – being present to what is happening within you – and allowing yourself to express what you are feeling and for your breath to move – is one of many practices we will cultivate together to create embodied resources within you and to develop deep well-being.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, Integrative Somatic Nervous System Therapeutic Healing Work, done in-person and online, is also a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster your immune system and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with emotional and physical pain and dysfunction, including:
-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 such as IBS
-Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
-Chronic Fatigue and Sleeplessness
Every day you endure 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.