The Roots of Whole Body Somatic Wisdom – Healing Support & Embodied Rest – Soften Defensive Body Armouring – Access Unresolved Trauma Held in the Body – Unravel the Symptoms of Chronic Traumatic Stress, Emotional Patterns and Symptoms – Break the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma.

September 8, 2021

“The body is a self-healing organism, so it’s really about clearing things out of the way so the body can heal itself.” ~ Barbara Brennan

There are many different ways that life events can erode your resilience. Approaching healing solely from a cognitive perspective can limit your capacity to heal repeating patterns that can happen as a result of early developmental trauma and trauma of all kinds. This work is a combination of some talk – along with co-regulating touch bodywork and somatic processing – supporting you as you work through the impacts of trauma in your thoughts, emotions and in your body.
 
What if your body didn’t have to work so hard? Move towards the possibility of healing – where there is space in your body to thrive beyond hidden trauma. This is an offering of ease for your body as it processes the chemistry of stress.

Let’s nurture the deepest places in your body and begin to recognize it as home.
Allow yourself to move from inherited family trauma dynamics into embodied ease and empowered wholeness. Let’s shift to a new normal – unravel the pain and the struggle that you are holding – to find healing at the roots.

When things slow down and are softer, quieter and more expansive in your body – what do you notice?
 
When there is space for you to take in what is yours – without the need to protect yourself from others and work so hard – how does your body feel?
 
Allow your senses to awaken, notice your organs, fluids and cells – feel your life energy flow within you. Notice new pathways for energy to flow in your body and allow it function more optimally from one day to the next.
 
Become amazed at what you notice in your body as you receive and feel supported in all of places that are responsible for your stress chemistry.

Create a new dialogue from your mind to your body – in all of its beauty and energy – your fluids, skin and neurocellular patterns – notice how you move and when you are still. This practice of awareness is subtle, soft and light – all the way from your skin to your fascia, muscle, organs and bones.

Let’s provide space and time for your body to soften, feel supported, feel safe and release the deeply held, undischarged chronic stress responses that your body may be holding.

Let’s get to the roots and release the cause of what disturbs your nervous system and emotions – creating feelings of chronic stress and overwhelm. In the deepest sense, being with deeply held emotions held in the body, can free us.

Are you driven to please those around you, even if it means you are suffering and struggling silently in your own heart?
 
Are you living in the ideas in your head, cut off from the truth in your body and feeling anxious, in pain, chronically stressed or ill?
 
Our truth lies in how we are hold our early developmental history from our mother, father and the generations before that, within our bodies.
 
So many of us are driven to please someone else – our parents, our partners, and everyone else in our lives – in our deep desire to be loved. Constantly striving to be the best – we are obedient, forever seeking and not feeling grounded in the power that is already ours. Disconnected from the deep source of truth in our body, just as our mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, great grandmothers, and great grandfathers felt before us.
 
It’s time to heal this deeply held pain and break the cycle of inherited family trauma. Your body holds the expression of your true needs – and we can allow ourselves to receive nurturing, compassion and care to nourish it.
 

Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma acts as a pathway to increased health and vitality by allowing space and support to resolve and heal past, often hidden trauma and liberate your life force. This process enables you to understand who you are and the effects of trauma on your life, your choices, and your relationships. This work reduces pain, anxiety, depression, and loneliness while also getting to the roots and resolving chronic illnesses. This enables you to make deep lifestyle changes that result in health, well-being, and wholeness.

Offering a unique combination of integrated relational and somatic bodywork, as well as early developmental trauma somatic healing, Somatic Experiencing, Family Trauma Imprint Healing, Somatic Resilience & Regulation, Internal Family Systems resonant work, Family Constellations Therapy, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum, Open Floor Movement, Somatic Wisdom and other body-centered techniques – such as Craniosacral Therapy – to help break and shift cycles of pain, illness, and fatigue.  The end result is greater aliveness and well-being on every level of being within yourself and within all of your relationships.

This deep Embodiment Process allows for healing at the roots by directly addressing emotional, health and chronic pain concerns as they relate to our family of origin and to the lifestyle choices that have grown out of that family of origin. 
 

Our Window of Tolerance is each person’s flexible range of activation and settling. Inside it, they can maintain emotional regulation, think clearly, and function effectively. One person might be comfortable with a wide range of strong emotions and chaotic environments, knowing that they can return to a calm state. Another person might be overwhelmed by a much lower level of inner distress or external disruption.

Feeling securely attached in relationship with others expands the window of tolerance by providing ongoing feelings of support and safety. When we have not received enough nurturing care, support and compassion from our parents or caregivers, we may struggle with ongoing emotional and physical sensations of traumatic stress.

An experience is traumatic when we get pushed too far out of our window of tolerance and we lack the support to recover. If there was too much trauma and not enough safety growing up, we might habitually live outside our window of tolerance.

As we heal, we learn to recognize our window of tolerance, stay inside it when we can, and find it again after feeling overwhelmed, anxious or frozen.

Understanding how relational family trauma is held in the body is fundamental to our health and well-being. We’re all hardwired to respond to overwhelming experiences in the same way. We contract away from danger, we run, jump, fight or shut down.
 
Our body’s control mechanisms – nervous system, hormonal and immune system – take us immediately into states of being mobilized (‘fight-or-flight’) or immobilized (‘freeze’). The good news is that we’ve evolved to respond quickly to trauma and have the innate ability to process and overcome trauma. We would not have survived as a species if this were not the case.


As long as hidden trauma remains unconsciously held in our bodies, we are drawn to unconsciously fulfill expectations that may have little to do with who we are. Our true selves can remain hidden and unconsciously stuck for our very survival, adhering to patriarchal values and the conditioned values and standards from our mother and father – for example: our weight and appearance, measuring up at home, work or school, we have to be ‘strong’, not vulnerable and not cry or struggle – at least not so anyone can see it.

So unconscious are these deeply held complexes in our body, that we must slow down and allow those sensations and feelings to be felt and expressed – noticing how we hold these unconscious thoughts and beliefs that weigh us down and keep us feeling stuck, depressed, anxious and/or fearful.
 
Connecting to the body is essential for supporting the safe, contained processing of traumatic experiences.
 
Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma creates a safe space for traumatic experiences to emerge and resolve without being overwhelming – safely supporting the body’s natural and gentle trauma releasing capacities. This work resolves and provides healing space for inter-generational trauma, relational family trauma relationships and the relationship with hold inside our bodies with ourselves. This work changes our lives for the better and breaks the cycle of trauma for future generations.
 
You’re tired of feeling frustrated, stuck and overwhelmed. You know there must be another way, and you’ve dedicated yourself to discovering it. 
Let’s do it together.
 
In any moment, we can:
 
– Accept the fact that there may be a narrative or story present about ourselves in our minds—and notice what happens in our body when we can allow space for support for something new to enter and for our energy to flow.
 
– Welcome our emotions and feel how they’re expressed in the body—and be gentle, kind and soft to ourselves when our emotions arise.
 
– Feel the urges that pull us into compulsive behaviors—begin to give ourselves what we need -meeting them with compassion and understanding.
 

Here are some of the processes we will do together:

1) Begin to lay the groundwork for somatic healing – receive Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma – learn about your nervous system and how traumatic stress effects your physiology, your emotions, your thoughts and relationships.

2) Notice patterns of fear and anxiety flowing through the body – allowing us to modulate those patterns with attention, attunement and connection to the feelings as they arise.

3) Allow yourself to receive – slow down – build capacity in your nervous system to notice your body and begin to process what you are holding.

4) Strengthen your internal relationship with your mother & father – and learn how this matters for other important relationships in your life.

5) Develop and create a new and healthy boundary with parents, partners and loved ones – by using your voice in the present moment.

6) Cultivate gentle practices at home – homework, rituals, exercises and practices for deep healing and rest for your body.

7) Uncover the patterns in your family history and learn more about how early developmental trauma affects your relationships, body, work and life.

 
Notice the Four Unconscious Themes in Your Family – Held in Your Body:
 
– Rejection of a Parent
– Merged with a Parent
– Break in the Bond with the Mother
– Identified with a member of your family (excluding your parents)
 
During our work together, you will develop:

1) Begin to understand Polyvagal Theory and The Window of Tolerance – and where you are on The Autonomic Nervous System Ladder – what part of your nervous system you are occupying depending on what you feel and your emotions.

2) Support your nervous system’s capacity to tolerate strong sensations, responses, and especially those you may resist or want to feel.

3) Learn and practice – tolerating sensations and emotions that arise from the inside – and allow a soft space to experience and release sensations and emotions held in the body.

4) Build more accurate interoception within your body – noticing sensations and feelings – and increase your somatic awareness.
 
During Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma, we will:
 
– Tap into your body’s ability to recover from the root causes of physical and emotional distress.
– Access information about your own health from your unconscious mind.

– Release trapped emotions in your body and heart – including inherited emotions that may not be what you’ve directly experienced, and have been passed along to you from your parents, grandparents and great grandparents.
Release trapped emotional energy that is holding you back.
– Practice feelings of embodiment and compassion towards your body and your self.

Sessions integrate modalities that are focused on Nervous System Regulation & Reorganization, Discharging Traumatic Stress, Releasing Muscle and Fascial Tension/Bracing, Restoring Primitive Reflexes, and Clearing Energy Blockages. I specialize in working with clients who have Early Developmental Trauma (In Utero & Birth), PTSD/Trauma, Anxiety/Depression, Physiological & Psychological Syndromes, Stress Disorders, and Chronic Stress & Chronic Pain.

During our work together, you will receive an integration of any of the following modalities, which are dependent upon emotional patterns and physical symptoms:

Somatic Experiencing, Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma, Transforming the Experience Based Brain, Somatic Resilience & Regulation and Touch Skills for Trauma and Transforming Touch® (Early Developmental Trauma, Birth Trauma, Pre & Post Natal Trauma & Primitive Reflex Protocols), Craniosacral Therapy and Energetic Protocols which can enhance completion and integration of long held body and pain patterns related to trauma.

Some symptoms that we experience as a result of early trauma:

Immediate symptoms may include sleep or appetite problems, mood disturbance, irritability, hypervigilance (constantly scanning the environment for safety), a sense of helplessness, emotional detachment, isolation or numbing.  If the trauma is chronic or occurred early in life, there can be a profound impact on the ability to trust others and to regulate emotions (affect regulation).

Over time, adaptive strategies may develop in an effort to manage the symptoms, such as self-injurious behaviour, substance abuse or dissociation.  While seen as useful in the short-term to avoid emotional pain and manage symptoms, they can take over and cause difficulties with functioning – at work and with intimate relationships.  

Your efforts to manage overwhelming symptoms can be seen as signs of resilience: they helped you cope and survive.  Now, you may be realizing that the way that you have resolved issues in your relationships no longer serve you as well as they did in the past.  Integrative somatic trauma therapy for individuals and couples is a specific approach to healing and moves at a slower pace for your nervous system. 
 
I will be with you and notice the subtle cues and constrictions held in the body.  We will access a part of ourselves that has never been injured, that is deeper and more subtle than even the most strongly held negative beliefs, depression and anxiety.  You will also develop sensory and emotional resilience, grounding, self-possession, and self-acceptance. 
 
Integrative Relational Somatic Psychotherapy and Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma is about building relationship – with yourself first, and then with others. Working with a somatic, body-focused approach, to help you build your awareness, attunement and nervous system regulation skills, which then increases your capacity for growth and resilience.
 

Working from embodied presence—the awareness in us that is already awake, open, and naturally compassionate. From the silence and patience of an open heart, we will invite in difficult issues, emotions and suffering, and welcome them as doorways or portals to a deeper wisdom within. From here, we will unravel the learned, historical self, to reveal a deeper dimension of a true self. 

We will touch in to the infinite intelligence of all there is. This healing work is not a quick fix – it takes time. I want to support your nervous system towards somatic healing from chronic traumatic stress that you may have been experiencing since birth, early childhood or before birth, or due to inter-generational trauma.

The body knows how to heal … sometimes it just needs help activating the healing potential. This can come by satisfying our early developmental and attachment needs through embodied presence and safe touch. 

This work is for anyone who longs to more fully inhabit their bodies, their relationships and this life, and for anyone who senses the need for more authentic, embodied engagement in the world we share.

I look forward to being with you.
love Kim – xoxoxoxo
 

NEW OFFERING – WOMEN’S PRACTICE – SOMATIC HEALING – BEFRIEND YOUR BODY – EMBODIED RECOVERY for EATING DISORDERS & DISORDERED EATING offers a somato-psycho-social model – expanding beyond the current bio-psycho-social model to include the role of the body as the missing link to effective treatment for disordered eating. The core principles of this approach address the intersection between somatic organization, the subjective experience of self, and our basic human need for attachment/bonding and protective defenses. The science behind the process is supported by the contributions of pioneers such as Peter Levine, Dan Seigel, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Allan Schore.

AUDITORY LISTENING PROTOCOL – THE SAFE & SOUND PROTOCOL (SSP) is a five-hour auditory intervention for adults and children – using headphones – that is intended to accelerate the effectiveness of other modalities by preparing the client’s emotional and physiological state. Dr. Stephen Porges (developer of The Safe & Sound Protocol & of The Polyvagal Theory) explains that we need a calm autonomic/physiological state for health, growth and restoration, and achieving this becomes the foundation of an effective therapy.  The Safe & Sound Protocol is a way to support a change  in your physiological state; opening the system to further neural change and improvement for other therapies that follow. The process is designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. The intervention uses prosodic vocal music that has been filtered to train the middle ear muscles to focus in on the frequency envelope of human speech. You’ll find you are better able to feel calm – less chronically stressed and/or anxious.  Clients who have experienced long-held trauma and are healing from PTSD, troubling chronic health concerns, chronic pain and troubling chronic emotional responses, can experience an increased sense of safety in their physiological state.

Other Offerings – NURTURE SURROUND HEALING SESSION– 90-minute In-Person session. Allow yourself to slow down and experience deep healing. You are deeply supported on the table with weighted blankets, soft pillows and bean bags on your body – you choose what is most comfortable for you – providing soft, nurturing care – feeling supported and held – with choice. We will take time to attune to your body’s core needs and comfort at a deep level. Your needs are important. I will use a variety of touch skills with you – and invite you to place a hand wherever you would like to on your body – and to pause, slow down and notice what you feel.

Using mind-body skills to stabilize your nervous system – befriending, grounding, slowing down, tracking and resourcing. We will listen to your body’s narrative while utilizing body-mind emotion dialogue. We will explore biological survival strategies and process historical trauma by creating moment-to-moment interpersonal experiences of safe connection. We will utilize non-cognitive senses of relational connection – auditory, visual, movement, and touch – co-creating manageable ways to defuse internal feelings of pressure, anxiety and stress.

FAMILY TRAUMA IMPRINT – (2 hours)- in-person or online Zoom session – an opportunity to get to the roots of intergenerational trauma patterns & begin a path towards relational & relationship healing.

DISCOVER THE INNER MOTHER – Healing the Mother Wound – 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 slow down and feel the strength of a supportive resource, move beyond blame and notice how our nervous system states inform our interactions with our partner, 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 Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Emotional, Relational & Early Developmental Trauma 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 Embodied Recovery for Disordered Eating, The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP), Nurture Surround & Family Systems Imprint Sessions & Individual Body-Focused Therapy Sessions, and Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma, NeuroAffective Touch – The Anxiety, Stress & Trauma Restorative Clinic – in-person  and/or online – 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, Attachment, Restoration & Building Resilience.

Easing the Body ~ Calming the Mind ~ Opening the Heart.
Somatic Experiencing ~ Somatic Practices ~
Co-Regulating Touch SomaFlow Bodywork for Emotional, Relational & Early Developmental Trauma ~ Movement Practices.
Whole Body Systems Approach for Healing Chronic Illness & Inflammation.

Somatic work can be done effectively online, as well as in person – online sessions are available for those who would prefer not to come in to the office at this time, for those who 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.

You will learn to feel and by doing so, you will move towards whole body health and well-being that you can feel within you.

Somatic Practice – Inhabit your entire back – press your back against a wall or the floor and notice how each part of your back feels as you press it against the surface – your shoulder, your shoulder blade, spine, hips, upper back, middle back, lower back – go slowly and notice each area – soften your breath and slow down to notice. Take your time. There’s no way to do this wrong.


there’s no handbook
for any of this
there are no hard and
fast rules for times
like these
 
you’re doing the best you can

hello@kimcochrane.ca / www.kimcochrane.ca
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When I came to you I felt confused, disconnected and broken. Now, I'm on my way to feeling whole. Thank you.
Kim Cochrane
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