“When you reach your edge, soften. Soften until you slip through the constraints and can create a new rhythm, a new route, a new release. Water is soft yet powerful. Reach your edge, and soften.” ~ Victoria Erickson
We will take time to really see you – not just your emotional or physical responses, diagnosis or history – and delve deeply into what may be causing the patterned and/or defensive responses in your body and mind – that may not be conscious to you – so your body can begin to unwind its’ patterns and heal.
The body holds the information that can lead us towards the change we long for in our lives. Together, we use the body as a tool for heightening awareness, deepening emotional intelligence, and noticing the sensations and feelings that need to be processed and expressed.
When we slow down and create a dialogue with your body – we create an opening towards a somatic process of healing. We often cannot find the support we need in our health care system to get to the roots of our emotional and physical concerns – so now is the time for something new. This is an invitation for your body to receive nurturing, nourishing attuned care for your body, mind and heart – and to rest into an experience of acceptance, support and touch.
Some of the reasons for the trauma that we hold in our body are known to us – such as: divorce, surgery, illness, childhood injury, death of a loved one, or a major medical diagnosis. Other trauma that happens to us is hidden from our awareness including: early developmental trauma, intergenerational trauma and pre and peri natal trauma. We will work with all that is happening for you – what is known and what is unseen and hidden. Trauma can result in a decreased ability to feel satisfaction in our relationships, families and/or careers – and can prevent us from feeling emotional or physical pleasure. Its effects are surprisingly enduring.
The work we do together is focused on getting in touch with feelings and sensations that are happening in your body – and sometimes this can feel too much for us to be with on our own. We will go slowly – increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and emotions, you’ll increase your capacity for nervous system regulation – allowing your emotional reactions and physical symptoms to soften over time.
Tools to Create Feelings of Safety in Your Body
Somatic Experiencing™ (SE), Co-Regulating Bodywork for Trauma and NeuroAffective Touch are fascinating, body-oriented approaches to healing of early developmental trauma, shock trauma, chronic pain and illness other chronic stress states.
These body-focused approaches are the result of decades of research of stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices and medical biophysics.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) – tells us that it’s not the event that caused the trauma, it’s the unaddressed ‘overwhelm’ response. Using a framework to determine where you’re stuck within the fight/flight/freeze response, SE will gradually help increase your tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
An Integrative, Relational Somatic Approach